Friday, July 22, 2016

Clay Embellishments for Fabric Art

I used Fimo for these, not having my own kiln. The leaf pendant is a stamped, baked, and painted end result. The next photo of the square shape is the actual color of the Fimo. I rolled it out with a wine bottle, and pressed it with rubber stamps. I then used a small cookie cutter-type shapes to cut them out and with a bbq skewer, poked holes in the corners so I can easily sew down or string the embellishments later. After that, I took small sponge and dipped it in acrylic craft paint. (I had a small paper plate palette with four assorted soft colors.) I started with a mid tone - aqua - and with a sponge squeezed out to the point of being quite dry, I swished it gently on the raised textures. I repeated this step with soft ocher, then gold, then white. The end result is subtle shapes useful for jewelry or adding to art compositions.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Summer Things. . .

It's been a happy, busy summer so far in my corner of the world, with lots of hiking, biking, some camping and a scenic train trip in the mountains. I'm still making time for art every day we're home - I can't NOT do art! Taking a moment this morning to appreciate the beauty of life and be glad for everything I have.

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages