I did use brushes again today but only to apply the used tea bags as background. I still haven't applied paint. Since we are going to be away over the holiday weekend, actual painting will have to wait until next week. This project has happened with no plan, so I hope I get a good idea by then!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Somehow, I mixed up the order of my blog posts. This post is really the next step in my papier-mâché bowl (pictured drying a couple posts down). Actually, I had enough medium left to make a second small bowl, and they are now rock hard. I don't know how I'll paint them yet, but Gesso had to come first. I applied two layers, then was so tired that I quit for today (feeling my years ;). I'm showing the Gesso drying so you'll know I'm still "painting" something each day!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
This is an upside down papier-mâché bowl resting to dry on a real bowl being used as a form. It started as an empty cardboard egg carton ripped into small pieces soaked in water a few hours. Then the glop was kneaded into a more pulpy mixture with a bit of green food coloring and a few tbsp tacky glue. It may take days to dry and finally be ready for painting. We shall see!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Here is another old and faded piece that hangs in my sewing room closet. It was put together the same way as my Asian girl below. Pieces of fabric were cut and assembled with machine applique. My 6 year old daughter (now 31) had a scene in mind, and this 18"x18" piece came to be. Might this be considered painting with fabric?
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
This 27"x 24" piece hangs inside my sewing room closet. I made it in the late 1980s, and the dark blue binding has completely faded. I had no pattern, but wanted to make something like a piece I admired in a local quilt shop window. I plunged in by cutting fabrics from my stash and somehow designed the figure, then I zig-zagged it all down on inexpensive low thread-count muslin. I did the meander quilting by hand when I had no idea what meandering even meant. The figure is surely not meant to be realistic, or she would have longer legs!
Monday, January 30, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
My hands don't want to do very much these days, but I did manage to spin some yarn onto my drop-spindle. I'm thinking I should take this off the spindle before continuing. I have at least a half-bag of wool to go, and I don't want to struggle with the spindle becoming too full. Especially for "Kathyinozarks", this is Romney wool. I know you are surprised I bought more of that, but it's not dyed and spins more easily.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Sometimes I like to include these with my mini-quilt swaps. They are corsage pins from a craft store (or vintage hat pins) decorated with beads from my stash. I use clear "Glossy Accents" and ear-ring backings to hold the beads in place. They look so lovely in a pin cushion!