When we were in Illinois for Thanksgiving I went to my favorite craft store and bought this cupcake ribbon. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but that became my inspiration.
When I think of cupcakes I think of pink. Why? I don't know, it's fun, it's girly, it's a happy color for me. What color goes with pink... brown... and the inspiration started to take shape.
Since I like texture and mixed media I decided to quilt the bottom part of the cupcakes. But first I needed to pick out six different fabrics that would go well with pink and brown. I have a huge stash of fabric so it wasn't hard to find fabric, it was just hard to narrow it down to only six pieces! For the back of the cupcakes I just used muslin because no one was going to see it anyway.
I free form quilted each square before I cut out the cupcake design. I decided to quilt with the muslin facing up so I could see what areas I had already done, on busy fabric this is hard to see.
I still hadn't decided where I was going to use the cupcake ribbon but I continued on.
Now for the fun part: creating the icing! I created chocolate, strawberry and vanilla icing using a texture medium and iced my cupcakes. I also knew I was going to use glitter because glitter will make anything look girly. Glitter and pink, you can't get much more girly than that. After that was done I held the cupcake ribbon in my hand and it hit me... put it right in the middle! So that's what I did. Plus I had brown and pink ribbon in my ribbon stash that I could use going vertically. Here is a close up of two of them:
Who Wants a Cupcake? is now for sale at Olde Towne Art in Portsmouth, VA.
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!