Leaves 201-220 were made using heavy body acrylic paint and old paper towels. I found some old manilla folders and painted those with some heavy body acrylic paints that were just about gone. I enjoyed using up the iridescent gold, copper and silver.
I also had saved some paper towels that I had used to clean my brush from the You, Me and the Sea Retreat in Seaside Oregon. A few of the artist mentioned that I should keep them as they were colorful. I adhered those very paper towels to the manilla folders with matte medium that contained glitter. The results were very unique! Inspiration from others is so powerful!
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.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Spring is in the air! The temperatures have returned to high 70's. With everything in bloom, I spent some more time working on my leaves! Reaching 200, the tree is coming along!
Monday, May 13, 2013
This quilt was just a blast to do. It is for the Quilting Arts "Passages" reader challenge. I have had many rescue dogs pass through my home over the years. The Dutchess, Fergi, came with a buddy named Finn. (Please note the spelling of Dutchess is in reference to the singer's album, not british royalty.) They were such a mess. Found dropped off at a park and ride, they were very ill, malnourished, and weak. After some good vet care, good food, and a few trips to the groomer, they just blossomed. Both got adopted by amazing families. The Dutchess got adopted by a wonderful couple who lived very close to me. Lizzie, would bring the newly named Chloe to see me. She seemed so well adjusted and loved. The quilt was made using various fabrics and then heavy stitching with over 30 colors of thread. This is often referred to as thread painting.
The picture to the right demonstrates some of the detailed stitching.
The picture below is the actual photo used to make the quilt. I usually blow up the photo to use it as a pattern.
The picture to the right and below is what my sewing area looks like as I get started.
The next few pictures show the actual art quilt in progress.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Using the ARTChix images I chose different bases for each. Shockingly, only one contained fabric paper. The remainder were painted mixed media or drawing paper. The embellishments consisted of magazine text, book text, crystals, paper tape, fabric trim, die cuts, and stickles paint! The swap ends early june. I should receive 6 ATC cards from other artists. I will feature those after I receive them. So exciting!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The You, Me and the Sea Retreat was held in Seaside, Oregon. Alisa Burke is one of my favorite artists and I was so fortunate to participate in this retreat. I suspect it will be one of many that I attend. The picture to the left is of a group of us at the U pub. (Located on U Ave of course!)
The picture below and to the left is of Patty and Amy. We shared a table and they are very talented. It was a pleasure to spend time with them.