Forensic Self Portrait.

This month over at Green Pepper Press, the crusade street team with challenged with doing a forensic self portrait. There was even a sheet of printouts that we could use on our page. I like my privacy, and wasn’t about to put out any particulars. I also found the whole thing depressing, too many sick people around me.

I went and looked at what others were doing, and suddenly I was uplifted, with the bright and imaginative approaches to the subject.

Mine all began with my mannequin, Milady, from yesterday’s post.  So she was my backgound, glued to another old envelope. From that beginning, I had lots of fun, journalling about my hobbies.  I couldn’t fit them all on one page but I’ll save some for another day.

So thanks again, to Michelle, for putting this crusade out there. I loved doing it.

GPP Crusade #47

It’s a Wrap, isn’t that a great title for the latest crusade #47 at Green Pepper Press?  This time it is about gathering  evidence from Christmas. We were to document papers, gift wrap, cards, lists, memorabilia.

I usually reuse the same bags and fabric wrappers to wrap my Chriatmas gifts each year. This year it was unlabelled as well. I grouped each persons’ gifts together in a pile. 

But I did save a couple of things this year, so I was able to take part in the challenge.

I had a couple of neat papers and an envelope that I didn’t want to throw out. The joke from a cracker, a couple of stickers, part of a paper napkin, a little ribbon and  went to work. I had a large used envelope and glued the materials down with matte medium, the envelope could still hold other memoribilia of 2010.

Thanks Michelle, I so look forward to the challenge each month.

What’s your hang up? GPP #46

The crusade this month from Michelle Ward is about hanging up your art under glass.

I have a lot of my art work on display but none is behind glass at the present time. I used to have original needlepoint, 3-D fabric pieces etc framed and hung in my other house but now, they just don’t seem to work with my current colour scheme. I used to get inspired by a topic or colour and then found there was really no where on the main floor that they worked well.

Maybe, I am just more comfortable with fabric and thread, rather than paper, ink and drawing. I am working at correcting that. There will be some seasonal Christmas pieces that will be put on display in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I have these and a few other things on display.

It is the 30th of November and I am just squeezing in under the deadline, (I see the deadline has been extended) but I have framed a piece from last month and have it hung in the ensuite. I am quite pleased.

Rainbows and Sunsets

I made a couple of fabric postcards this week.

I had some silk fusion that I had made a few years ago, so I went to work with Shiva paint sticks and the texture sheet and made a bunch of shapes. So it became Rainbows and Sunsets, stitched a few lines, added a text line which I used some ink on and then, added a few plastic sequins, which is one of my favorites. Covered it with some chiffon.  I went around the edge with the zigzag.

Little things, a change of scale.

It was Dare to Be Inspired Day again this past week. It was not as well organized, I was having trouble getting inspired. People had appointments, were baby sitting and there was extra maintence men working on the townhouse at the same time.

It was decided on Saturday to do inchies. I watched a ton of you tube videos, visited blogs and decided that I should make a few on Monday night. I know very last minute. I had tried fabric a couple of weeks before but I need to find an easier way than my lackadaisicel method, so the switch to paper was a good thing. I had also decided to include some embossed paper beads. The group had made them before making a much larger bead and I thought we should change up the scale and go really small.

I have to confess, that is just the way I am, the inches are not 1×1 inch square but 1 3/8 inches by 1 3/8 inches because that is the size of my paper punch.  I have included a couple of beads made last year for a size comparison.

Having fun

At the current time, I am in Love, Love, Love (as my teacher Suzi would say) with working with mixed media. I am taking the Goddess and the Poet with Suzi Blu, I want to work in my moleskine journal every couple of hours. I have nothing finished yet but have more than 4 layers of paint, pencil and gesso plus embellishments on most of them now. I have six faces in the works. I took the course so that I could do better doll faces, I was getting tired of the same old look.

So far I have used graphite, coloured pencils, clear gesso, fluid acrylics, rub on transfers. A few more layers are still needed.

Project yarnway, I found some wonderful lace weight silk and merino yarn and am in the beginning stages of a camisole. It was hand dyed on the island. Lovely stuff. I bought it in Courtney at Uptown, the knitting store.

Dare to be Inspired Day was this week, I am doing a canvas mixed media again but this one is based on Paris, and I intend to do ones on Athens, Barcelona and Rome as well. I need to go through photos, look up where we stayed in each city and get the dates.

In the meantime, my mind is thinking about packing up the boat for vacation, buying fabric for chairs and drapes, finishing a new t shirt, getting the last of the plants in, when it is not raining. Just the usual things of life.

Meanwhile, I smell the roses, curtesey of my friends garden.

Crusade # 40 Step on the scale.

Crusade number 40 , at Green Pepper Press, or XL in Roman numerals, is all about changing our default scale, bigger or smaller  but  we were to use the same techniques.

I have worked with paper bags before making book covers but I usually cover matte  board to make hard covers.  Instead of using a large grocery bag, I used a lunch bag. Much smaller and thinner.

I crumpled it up first, and then did the tops of the crumples with black, I was determined to use more black but I used a pretty light application. Then I painted with a acrylic paints both regular and metallic.

I took the whole bag and ironed some stitch witchery to the bag and then ironed that to green broadcloth. Then cut out my shapes and went around the edge with a zigzag on the sewing machine. I added a couple of  postage stamps, one used and the other a transfer from a postal sheet, used the art stamp again. Threading the elastic cord through the papers and fabric was the hardest part.  I quite like the soft bendable covers that were created.

Thanks Michelle, for posting this fun idea.

Playtime: Pulling Prints

I am off on another crusade with Michelle Ward,  it is number 39, this time pulling prints. Mono prints and masks or stencils. Not my favorite especially on fabric and that is mostly what I have done for other classes. This time it was on index cards. I came across a stack while resorting the stash and I recently had bought a die cut bird. Next step was to find the glass to print on and I took apart a picture frame which was badly in need of replacing. She suggested making a mask from tyvek, but I forgot that part.

I started with red and ochre acrylic paint and kept adding colours from there. I didn’t clean up until I was finished and I kept adding drops of water as well to keep the paint moving and printable. I like the ones with the boldest colour, and some I am not fond of at all, but I did like working with the die cut bird and now that it has been through a rainbow.

Now, I wonder what to do next, there is some wonderful texture in some of them. I can see matting some of the images and using them in cards.  Maybe adding them to a journal page or in a collage.

At any rate, I am glad that Michele puts out these crusades once a month. They at least get me moving to try something. I have so many supplies in my stash, it is good to get them out and play.

Fabric Postcards

Months back, I had friends over and we painted bits of fabric, dryer sheets and nappy liners.

The green one was finally used along with some Angelina film, it was covered in polyester chiffon and I went around the flowers and tacked it down around the edge with green rayon thread. There it sat for a couple of months not looking quite right.
Then I found a paper serviette with green ferns, so I packed it up while on vacation and took it home. I tore the serviette in to piece and had to unpick the previous stitching around the edge. I was more comfortable starting with the hand stitching.
My background was 13″ by 9″ and I was able to get 4 postcards when I was finished. So then I stitched everything down, I really need to practice with the freeform embroidery and added dark brown rayon around the edge. In reality it is much more vibrant with a spring like green.

The biggest delight, Canada posted delivered it in one day!

Inspiration and fun stuff

I saw a post yesterday about classes from Frances Pickering,
I’d love a class on her books. It would be a pretty intense couple of days but some wonderful inspiration.
On Ravelry someone posted a knitted wedding dress, I loved the photos.

For some fun with photos, take a look at multicolr.
You get to choose some colours and wonderful images appear.