Fabric Elements is a line of pre-cut fabrics and coordinating elements designed by Rebekah Meier for Mixed Media Collage. I was excited to learn I could find these products locally, at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts. Wow, a whole line of products, including fabric, designed specifically for mixed media collage? I'm in . . .Read More
Well, I must admit that I have not jumped in and created a bit of mixed media art every day. But, I have managed to do so a few times a week. Yeeha! This is very good! Let me share with you what I was able to do -and rather quickly, I might add. This morning I grabbed my watercolor crayons and a piece of watercolor paper, cut to the size of an index card . . .Read More
The Original Documented Life Project (DLP) -Week 13
The March Theme is: Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
The March 28th Art Challenge is: Make a Custom Element
Journal Prompt: "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." ~ Gabrielle Roth
At first the challenge to make a custom element stumped me and I procrastinated a bit. Sound familiar? Time got the better of me and the creative part of my brain kicked in . . .Read More
I love to create mail art. My pieces often have rubber stamping all over the envelope. I still use lots of stamps from my days working in an Art Rubber Stamp Store. It's a quick way to add art! Although, mail art can be so many different things . . . This card is from the Ringling Museum in Florida . . .Read More
In this post I will show you the rest of the prayer flags I made. If you'd like to see ALL of the wonderful and beautiful, creative and thoughtful prayer flags made by the 36 participants - visit the creative swaps blog. When you get to the bottom of the blog page, you will need to click on Older Posts to view more! I am in the process of swapping them out and sending them home. When the flags are all sent I will give the artists the opportunity to share photos of their own flags and the swap flags they received, hanging up in the breeze! So watch creative swaps main page for more beauty.
I did really enjoy hand stitching and adding beads in front of the river . . .
- This is a 3 for 3 Prayer Flag swap - Create THREE prayer flags in exchange for the same amount in return
- each flag will have a word, a prayer, a wish or a hope associated with it.
- simple or no sewing is okay
- Due in my hands September 15, 2012
The $10 registration fee includes a 10 page pdf lesson on making prayer flags, plus the return postage for your flags, sent anywhere in the world. Find the complete details on the CreativeSwaps blog! Follow the link below to learn more and register . . .
- See more completed flags made for the swap by our talented participant Frieda Oxenham:
All so very wonderful!!
yours creatively, lenna young andrews
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art swaps: http://creativeswaps.blogspot.com
If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.
~ Jennifer Jones
When sending a handmade fabric sheet for my first prayer flag through my printer, it mistakenly printed out a troubleshooting report! At least "no problems were found". I was mad at the time because I had to make up another fabric sheet, but this feeling went away as soon as I successfully printed the words I wanted to for my prayer flag. However, I just could not bear to throw this fabric away. Instead, I thought it might make an interesting background for my art journal. I used my xyron adhesive system to lay sticky adhesive on the back of the fabric, smoothed it into my journal with a bone folder, spritzed ink and watered down paint on this "mistake" and waited for another idea.
When I returned a day or two later I got the idea to add color with soft pastels. I had never really done that on fabric, but figured it was worth a try. I really liked how the pastels meshed with the fabric. Usually I will use a spray fixative with these pastels but this time, I gave them a light coat of matte medium. I had it out and was using it to apply a thin layer of paper napkin to the left side of the spread that was blank -the printed fabric ends 1/2 way across that page.
The round clock image with the swans is from ARTchix Studio a sheet called Art Time Pieces. As you can see below I added another positive affirmation from the list my friend Joanna gave me. This time I had a crazy idea to write it out on a fabric flag of sorts. The affirmation is attached only at the spine and is loose. Click on any photo for more details.
When the matte medium I was using was still wet, I sprinkled on stardust glitter! I love how it shines.
I ended up spraying the affirmation flag with a bit of the pure sunshine dylusions ink because it seemed to blank otherwise.
Above shows my flags flipped over. I really like the look of the gold pastel around the edges. That particular one is an oil pastel.
As a note: I don't look at this journal as a place to do remarkable, outstanding art! I look at it as a place to let loose and play, to try different things, to challenge myself with my favorite question, "what if?"
I really appreciate your interest, that you come and take a look, and maybe even comment. Thank you!
It is getting fuller every week!
We must have the courage to be happy.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel
|Prayer Flags. Have you ever made one?|
|Above, the back of my "balance" prayer flag|
Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people do that but the really great people make you feel that you too, can become great.
~ Mark Twain
Today I took a piece of leftover vellum I printed yesterday for tags and put it together with a piece of cast-off jeans and a little heart I cut out of felt. See my process below.
|Alphabet Rubber stamps and writing with a Sharpie marker|
|The vellum side - I glued a large snowflake in-between the jeans & the vellum|
|All sewn up! Click for details.|
I placed the postcard in a glassine envelope . . .
|Now it is on the way to Belgium!|
The photo below shows how I am going to attach the fabric to the page with a line of Tacky glue. It will still be loose on the page, but anchored. It also shows the bird page text I received from Joanna! I love what she sent in a mail art exchange package and it has been very inspirational and useful ; ^ )
I also embellished the edge of the page on the right, adding fibers and ribbons, gold mesh, iridescent glass balls, and pieces of jingle shells picked up on the beach the same day as the bird photo. The fibers were all attached with tacky glue and E6000 was used for the shell pieces.
I have been working with a group of very talented women for over a year, creating skinny pages (4"x8") for each of them, monthly. We base what we create on whatever theme the person we are creating for has chosen. I have one more skinny page coming my way, and then I will create a page on my theme of "love" and bind all of the pages together somehow. I will share it here when I do!
I just finished creating my last skinny page for the group, and this one is for Trudi Sissons. Her theme was "Artist's Choice" and some of her favorite things are: vintage images, quotes, postage stamps, clocks, birds, butterflies, whimsy . .. . I also knew she was a fan of Deviant Scrap and I had just downloaded some free items from them courtesy of Stampington. Above, you can see the front of the skinny page. The base of it is a fabric upholstery piece given to me by a new friend who owns an upholstery store! On top of it I have sewn on a piece of antique parchment card stock printed with an image I had saved to my computer (origin unknown). I added an appropriate quote from ARTchix Studio by gluing it on and also a butterfly printed on to card stock. The back is shown below . . .