Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sewing on Metal

Needless to say, I wanted to start stitching through the metal and including them on fiber. I didn't really put a lot of thought into the "design". These were just some of the scraps that hadn't really worked out and I started stitching them down on timtex which was covered with kunin felt and a painted dryer sheet. I did break a needle in the process, but it was alot of fun, except that the sun was shining in the window behind the sewing machine and was BLINDING against the metal. Honestly, I blame the glare on the needle breaking.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

One more embossed piece

I did one more. This one is basically just a doodle on metal. I did add a embossed stencil butterfly and then some alcohol ink

Metal Embossing

Here is a dragonfly that I did last night. I actually had plans on taking step by step pictures and directions, but my camara was out of juice! Sorry, maybe next time. I think that this is going to be used as the cover for one of my art journals.
I was up until almost midnight watching the too cool videos from Ten Second Studios and having a great time. This morning as I was reading one of my yahoo art groups, one of the women mentioned she is going to teach an online class on metal embossing! Talk about coincidents! http://artticulation.blogspot. com/
I haven't taken the class yet, so really can't tell if it will be wonderful or not, but the her work is amazing.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Journal page with metal pieces

This is a page from my journal. I am still playing with the thin metal. These were cut with a large Fiskar paper punch. I then embossed by hand and painted them with adirondack alcohol ink and sharpie markers and alcohol in a mist bottle. I found that the smaller paper punch was not strong enough to cut the metal, or at least on my ONE try, it didn't.

Acrylic Painting, second stage

In an earlier post, I showed the background of this painting. I am finally moving forward with it. It took some time to work out a focal image. I am going to try and create a lot of small detail to make a paisley image.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

AIDS Quilt

The fiber art group that I belong to is working on an AIDS quilt. We broke up into smaller groups (mine is 3 artists) to work on our individual person's panel, which is 3 feet by 6 feet. My friends Ginny Greaves and Hellenne Vermillion are working on this one for Ray Sharkey. He was an actor.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Another Doodle

Here is another fun doodle from my journal. The background was made with Glimmer Mist. When I really don't have any idea what I want to work on, or am trying to avoid a project, I will start doodling.

Metal and alcohol inks

I started playing with thin metals, sharpies, and alcohol inks. I had fun one afternoon at Rubber Stamp Fantasy. The owner, Debbie, showed me some cool tricks with embossed metal. Here are a few small pieces that I made. I am not sure what I will do with them. At the moment, I will probably just punch holes and put them in my journal. I have been spending most of my time working in my journal.

Here are a few more pages from my journal. This was another play day at the Rubber Stamp Fantasy. This stamp store is one of my favorite places. I can find tons of fun ways to use their stuff on fabric. These were tags I made using Vivid and adirondack inks and bleach. I was able to get some really cool effects. I have been doing more pages in my journal with bleach. It is a wonderful technique.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Bead Embroidery

I took three days of classes with Sheri Serafini this week. This is the bracelet that I am making. I still need to but it on the brass bracelet form, but I like to take a picture of them flat. Sheri is a wonderful bead artist. I also made a collar which isn't completed yet. I will post it when I get the chance.