Monday, December 28, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Least Favourite Colour

This week on Mixed Media Monday Beth is challenging us to use our least favourite colour in some way. While I don't really have a colour that I dislike, pink is something outside my comfort zone. I was therefore very suprised when I was digging through my stash to find just how much pink I actually have accumulated. Nothing in my painting supplies, though :-) This piece is done on a stretched canvas 8x10 inches or 20x25 cms, and is mostly fabric with a little textured paper and lots of embellishments. The square in the top left hand corner is Lutradur which I burnt out using a wood burning tool and the woman image was printed onto Lutradur as well. I have decided that when it comes to fabric art, pink is not going to be my least favourite colour.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Frosty

Diana is guest host on Mixed Media Monday this week, and she has chosen the prompt of "frosty" for her challenge. I didn't want to go with the obvious, Frosty the Snowman, even though he is adorable. Our Christmases are very hot here in Australia, so I try very hard to avoid snowy images in anything to do with Christmas. Anni peaked my interest in Dotee dolls a little while back and I've been wanting to try my hand at one ever since. So I went with frosty colours for my doll - white and silver. Because it's almost Christmas, I made my doll around one of my favourite old Christmas movies - It's a Wonderful Life - and the quote "everytime a bell rings, an angel gets it's wings". The body of the doll is a white cotton fabric over laid with a couple of layers of silver lace topped with a star taken from one of my Christmas cards. The wings are gold German scrap wings that I painted silver and she has a little "pearl" necklace. Her face was printed onto Lutradur and hand stitched on with silver thread. Her hair is wool sliver which I needle felted onto her head. Her crown was die cut from silver card and has some silver jewels on it. Her "tail" is made from silver beads and a silver bell and her hanger is white ribbon with a bead attached to that. I have named my Dotee doll "Dottie", the nickname we called my mother, so this is also a tribute to her :-)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Just Hanging Out

This week the very talented Heather is hosting on Mixed Media Monday, and her prompt is "just hanging out". Since most of my art hangs, I thought that would be nice and easy. Then I thought about how the emphasis is on "hanging" so I decided to make a wall hanging. I know my photo is a little crooked, but it does hang straight, grin! I'm still experimenting with "new to me" things and I'm having a ball. I'll explain each layer for those who are interested. The back layer is the heavy weight Fast 2 Fuse, which I painted with acrylic paints and stamped with a foam stamp and some lovely micaceous gold paint (by Artelier). Then the red layer is mulberry paper. On top of that the layer was made with Lutradur, which I painted with acrylic paint, "laced" with the heat gun and then added some gold foil. The image of the angel was printed onto Lutradur then edged with the gold paint. I love the effect of the printed Lutradur because it is a little translucent and the other layers peep through in a very subtle way. This was mounted onto a "wool paper". The hanger was made with a skewer and some wooden beads painted in the same gold paint. The swirls are chipboard painted gold. Then I just used some ribbon, a tassel and some beads (the gold ones painted) and a button to finish it off.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - On the wings of love

On Mixed Media Monday this week Rosie has given us this fun challenge - on the wings of love. So many possibilities, and so little time! This is what I ended up with. The house is cut from a heavey weight Fast 2 Fuse and hand painted with four different water colours and distressed around the edges with distress ink. The laces were tea dyed, and the wooden number 2 was coloured with distress ink. The birds are chipboard, which I covered with fabrics. The house is about 23 cms or 9 inches tall. Such a fun challenge, thanks Rosie!