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, November 27, 2013
My favorite part of this project was the trouble shooting. I had the twist ties, but sewing them together was the challenge. I used water soluble stabilizer and two sided tape to start. The picture to the left shows how each individual twist tie was laid out.
The next part was to use a zigzag stitch with white thread to get all of the twist ties to lay flat. This anchors everything.
The next step was to pick color combinations that are appealing to the eye. Random stitching was done on each of these squares. Usually three to four colors were chosen. Each of these squares takes about one hour.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Painting class moved on from still life to self portraits. Seeing as I couldn't draw myself, I didn't have much confidence in the realm of painting. So we embarked as a class. We had very specific palette's that we had to use, and often this was just four colors that we had to really mix. Here are my two......
Above are Kendra's! To the right is James. His captures his movement and his energy for sure. The bottom right is Jenny's. I love her light and shadow. Below are Tom's! He is amazing with the addition of the landscape. He blazed out four of these portraits.
Critique day is always my favorite. There is something so amazing to see all of our work lined up along the easels. Everyone paints very differently, and it is interesting to discuss everyone's work.
And below you can see the start of the instructors! Andrew
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This post is a prep post. I am required to make a 3D relief design from a 2D famous piece of art. I am doing Klimt. After working with wire, plaster, and balsa wood, I wanted to work with FIBER. It is my passion. So I decided I would do my relief in wool. Buying pre-dyed wool was not in my professors vocabulary. So I did it old school.
1. Get carded wool. (I didn't want to go crazy and actually shear my own sheep) Although maybe down the road.......
2. Put in the Jacquard Acid Dye with Citric Acid Powder. Cool pic isn't it! It just hadn't mixed yet!
3. Let soak for 30 minutes and rinse with synthrapol. Voila! Now I will begin the master piece!