Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
These butterfly pictures were taken on Mackinac Island in 2011. They have two butterfly houses that are an amazing place to take pictures. Using my macro lens I was able to capture some great photos. Using PIXLR, the online editor I was able to age these photos. Each of these photos has a color wash, and then two filters.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
The second technique is using scrap book paper. I am not a fan of using to many pre-made items exclusively as then there isn't as much creating. So I use a lot of these items as prompt or substrate. I started with a page of appealing scrap book paper. I then painted, decoupaged magazine text, book text, images, and then I painted some more. I then stamped the heck out of the paper. This is fun, you can use all of your stamps and not really worry too much about color, organization, composition etc. The goal is move fast and furious to lay down an interesting (notice I didn't say organized) background. Once this is done you can decoupage more images, use paper tape etc.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
I have used fabric paper in many of my projects on this blog. I just love the texture and the uniqueness of it surface. I decided to use this hand made paper for my latest quilting challenge. Quilting Arts magazine provided the prompt "TEXT ME". Any form of text can be used in this 8" X 8" quilt. I enjoyed making this quilt. The fabric paper which was conceived by Beryl Taylor (genius) is muslin that is covered in a glue/water mixture. Adding paper, tissue papers, fabric, trims, lace etc, you glue everything down, just like grade school. Perhaps that is why I like it so much. Then add a layer of white tissue paper over the top. Glue that down with the same mixture. Finally, add shimmer mist, diluted acrylic paint, glitter, and anything else you can think. Voila, fabric paper. You can iron it, sew on it, cut it, glue on it again, and as I did with this bee, thread paint it. I used 10 different threads and it took some effort to figure out which needle to use (denim) and what thread tension. Due to the thickness of the fabric paper the thread kept breaking. All in all I was happy with it's completed look. I am looking forward to making more of these little buggers.