Lately I've been creating for the art gallery but I've decided to take a break from that and create something for myself. Eight months ago I started a felt applique project because I was inspired by something I saw on the internet. This is a picture of the beginning stages:
To read my first post on this project and to see photos of my inspiration piece please go to:
I love the way this piece is coming along (since I rediscovered it) but how do I hang it? This piece only measures 8 1/2" X 11" so what I decided to do was to buy a huge piece of felt, sew this to that, extend the design and mount it onto canvas. It isn't complete yet but here's a sneek peek at how it's going:
This has inspired me to try fabric applique but still using felt as my background. I like bright colors so my first idea was to do an underwater theme with bright coral and fish. I knew I was going to create the coral out of felt then I wanted to find fish fabric. I've never appliqued before but I remember watching my mom create a beautiful wall hanging when we went to England in 2000. (What a great idea for a future post huh mom?) It seemed easy enough but time consuming because it was very tedius. I love hand stitching now so I've checked out a few books at the library and bought a few online on applique and I get the general idea but I'm not one to follow a pattern so here is a sneek peek at underwater felt piece:
The embroidery floss in the coral is metalic green and really pops but the picture doesn't do it justice. This piece isn't finished yet because I haven't added any beads yet but I have beautiful blue ones to add to the water (and little black eyes for the fish, etc.)
If I finish them by next Thursday they may be in our new gallery show starting Friday and I stress the word maybe.
- 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!