Friday, January 16, 2009

Encaustic Painting

This week in my studio I tried encaustic painting, for the second time ever. These paintings are 6 x 6 inches on board. This one is titled Ocean

Fired Up

Ancient Symbols

I can't wait to buy more supplies and go crazy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nuno Felting Weekend

This past weekend I nuno felted, surprise, surprise. Here is the layout.

And a close up of the layout.

Fused stage.

Final wet felting stage.

After I wet felted it to death I wasn't exactly happy with it so I needle felted some white on it. I learned a lot, and feel there's so much more to learn. The final piece measures 20 inches by 22 inches. I did it to enter in a show in Philly, along with the other wall hanging.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DCCA Hatch Gallery Show

Marilyn and I took our show down yesterday. Here are some photos. Sorry, I didn't take close ups of Marilyn's pieces but in the video I took I zoom in. I have to edit it and then I'll post it.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Still Nuno Felting

I made another bracelet yesterday. I pressed the edges under before I started so the ruffle has finished edges. Here's the layout.

Here's the finished piece.

It's a bit long so I'll have to cut it down. I made a wool felt button to use as a closure but I need to get some strechy cord elastic so the bracelet has give to allow for different wrist sizes. Thanks Mom for that idea. I can't wait to make another one today.

Friday, January 2, 2009

More Nuno Felting

Yesterday I made my first big piece. I made a few mistakes but learned a lot. Here is the layout.

Fused together stage.

It started out 26 x 28 inches and when it was finished it measured 17 x 22 inches. I layed the roving out kind of sparsly and got holes in some places. Also some of the cut out organza shapes layed on top didn't get completly fused. So if I learn to control these things I can choose where and how to use them. When learning a new medium it takes a while to completely understand it so you can control it.

Close up view.

I think I'm ready to buy some more supplies today. I need more colors of organza and wool roving. I'll continue to play with making bracelets with the scraps I have. I can't stop!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fiber and Fabric

I had an excuse to make a new nuno felting piece(like I would need an excuse), I needed something to wear to my friend's party. So, I started with a purple sweater and a color story.

I layed out a strip of blueish turquise organza, purple wool roving, cut out shapes of organza in purple, olive green, blue turquoise and bright green, then little wisps of black wool roving.

I wet it with soapy water and rolled it up in bubble wrap and rolled it back and forth. Here's how it looked with the fibers and fabric fused.

Then I picked it up and threw it down on the table about 80 times, more than last time and it makes it really compact. The fabric gets really puckered on the back and makes the edges into a ruffle which I like.

Here it is finished.

I cut a bit off on the ends, sewed a couple snaps on and wore it with my purple sweater. Sweet!