Monday, December 28, 2009
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
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
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
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!