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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valentine's Day ATC Swap

 The ArtChix Valentine's Day Swap was hosted by Nikki Smith, the greatest hostest. The first ATC was made by B. Smith. She didn't put any of her contact information. I must say I love the buttons.
 This valentine was done with fabric and is quite amazing. I didn't have a name, but am able to thank here by email! Such a great job with the detail. There are beads around the heard with fabric, ribbon, and text!
 Nostalgia for sure. Lisa Robinson does an amazing job with her ATC's. I love this one because it transports me right back to childhood. This looks exactly like the Valentines that I used to send. The more animals and hearts, all the better.......
Such vibrant red, Camelichar did this one with two lovely ladies highlighting this gorgeous card in black.
 Nikki Smith always has some of the most original ideas. I love the pom pom's at the bottom. The ribbon, eiffle tower, and heart bead make this cupid so decorative.
......and lucky me another card all the way from Germany. Sabine Busch made this gorgeous card. It is just screams romantic. I love the image, words and the lovely heart!  Thanks to all those great artists who put those valentines in my mailbox. It was such a great swap. Even though valentine's day has past, XOXO

Monday, February 3, 2014

Perspective Drawing

 Perspective drawing was the first of our big assignments in Drawing II. We had to have 5 vanishing points and we could use any medium and any subject.

Tom did Detroit with an automotive theme. I just adore his work.
Carly blew me away with the owl and bird house.
 Cassie combined bricks, buildings and books for a neat angle.
Katie did wolves howling out some colorful sound. I swear they are golden retrievers, but then again I can see Golden Retrievers in and ink blot.
 Kendra did an amazing color wheel of columns with a very realistic lion coming right out of the page.
 Dustin is working on an amazing city scape from above!

My take on the anatomy of the human body, distorted into vanishing points. (My favorite is the red blood cell clotted in the capillary.)
Tessa is a whimsical color genius with her bubbles and depiction of camping!

This class will be very fun, and will bring lots of creativity.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Recycle 2 ATC 131-135 Valentine ATC

So Recycle project two involved using those ribbons that come attached to tags for clothing. Some of them are beautiful. I also enjoy those tiny little safety pins that are used to adhere the tags to the garment. So I indulged my ATC addiction by making some more Valentine ATC's!!!

 ATC 131 Be Mine
This was done with a heavily layered base that was on recycled cardboard. I then added a heart with the words BE MINE which were cut from a old children's book.  My favorite part is the red/white ribbon that was from a clothing tag.
 ATC 132 Romanticism
This was done on recycled card board. The lace on the right edge is taken from a recycled wool skirt. This was used to secure the lining seam. I then used an old dictionary definition for Romanticism. The circle is a SIZZIX die cut from an old book. The heart is made from my favorite fabric paper, that is a culmination of recycled images.  Finally, the key ribbon is from a garment. These satin ribbons are often used by retailers to keep garments from falling off of hangers. I usually cut them out, and save them for these very projects.  The heart with the key hole is from a broken piece of jewelry from my junk box.  Finally the brass tiny safety pin is recycled from a garment tag! All the cast off's can come together to make a romantic ATC.

 ATC 133 Encircle was done on recycled cardboard. Again there is recycled book and dictionary pages. The first heart was made from a dictionary page and the second heart was made from fabric paper.

ATC 134 Love was made from recycled cardboard. The word LOVE was done on an old label maker.

ATC 135 Saying Good-Bye
This was done on recycled cardboard. The heart that is gold in color was made from recycled plastic grocery bags. The second heart was made from old sheet music. The ticket in the lower right corner was from a musical that I had seen back in 2012! The twine under the text is from a garment tag!

Hope you enjoyed the recycling project #2.

Painting Week 4

 James is making huge progress on his painting. He was painting on the floor this time and it is so large I had to stand on a platform to get this picture. James is also painting on canvas that is not stretched and he is using acrylics.
The one to the right is mine and is being done from a picture that I took on mackinac island. The picture is fro 2011. I am using fabric paint on duck's cloth so that I may embellish and sew on it when I finish it.  I have 12 hours into this at this point and still a long way to go. I must say this is my favorite class.

 Unfortunately I do not have a steady hand. This is Tom's. He is amazing and progresses so fast. I just love his work. I made him promise that I could buy one of his paintings prior to leaving class.

To the left Tom and James are having an intense discussion.

 Chelsey has put some finishing touches on Super Man!

Elise is in painting I and is in our class, she is a natural.

Andrew is our painting instructor. His paintings are always amazing. He works side by side with us so we can see how he approaches his paintings!