So glad you dropped in.
I have had such a good afternoon.
Saturday’s blog a new technique, right?
Well, I had decided that today was the day.
Today was the day I got my old Pfaff sewing machine out,
after at least a decade,
and added a few stitches and strands to my artwork.
What do you think?
Since Karen Hayselden has been on the Design Team,
I have become very aware of how safe my art still is, how clean.
Artists like Karen and Sam Crowe have a unique talent for making brilliantly loose and tattered art, which I struggle with.
Not that I want to throw all accuracy to the wind
and just lob paint at a huge canvas from a distance
(that requires way too much courage!)
But today was the day I decided to just try something new for me.
Didn’t know where I was headed;
didn’t know how long it was going to take.
Just knew there were some paints, some birds and a Pfaff involved!
These are the colours I used.
Primarily because the sewing machine
already had bright pink in the bobbin,
and all I could find was green cotton for the top thread!
These Fresco Chalk Paints are superb.
We stock the whole range.
Well worth investing in.
Build up layers of paint by simply walking the brayer
around the card with the different colours.
There will come a point where you will know when to stop,
or go too far.
If the latter happens, simply get out the Cheesecake!
Cover the area you don’t like with Cheesecake,
let it dry - and start again.
Position the bird mask from the Bird Row set
over the painted Gelli Card.
to paint the birdies white.
Next, stamp the stamp over the top using black Archival.
Almost got it! Good enough!
Cover up the birds with the masks
and stencil in the Japanese reeds into the background, using the Guacamole and Snowflake paints.
The paint works really well through the stencils using these mini blending tool.
I tried make up sponges too, which worked.
Flicked a load of water diluted paint at the picture
while the birdies were covered up, too...
Yes I know. I asked myself the same question at this point.
What about the mask? Is it washable????
I’ll tell you later.
Zesty Zing is one of the translucent paints, so it is ideal for painting over the white. I added a little water and then painted the birds.
Went over the black lineart too, to tone it down.
Spectrum Noir pencils work great over acrylic.....
I used mainly the Floral tin today.
Roughed up the edges with a pair of scissors....
Decided to make a branch....
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy....
Time for the vintage Pfaff!
Haven’t used it for years, but it’s like riding a bike.
The hardest bit was threading the needle!!
It is soooooo lovely sewing card!
Or should I say sewwwwwwww lovely!
So I cut a piece of black card just a tad larger, and off I zoomed.
I got such a kick out of this!!
I really could have done a Happy Dance!
And I have to thank Karen Hayselden for the inspiration
Mounted it on a larger Mount board.
Because this piece, my friends, is going in the Hallway gallery.
It may not be the best stitched one I will ever do,
but it was the first.
The eyes I white out with a white Pilot pen first,
then let them dry,
then added the black pupils with a Micron Pen.
The black pen clogs up from time to time, so you have to lightly run it over copy paper to unclog it.
I bet with a bit of practice,
you could actually stitch the stamped images...
Time to make supper.
And salvage the birdie mask!
Warm soapy water will sort it out.
Have a lovely evening, and I will be back tomorrow.
lots of love,