Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spark It

Spark It, mixed media textile collage

My heart candle started off as a vague 'what if' session of scrap play. Once the basic idea sifted out I challenged myself to push the embroidery but relax. Think of the wonderful people in my life and translate those warm fuzzies into stitches. Lots of them. Lots of pleasurable poke and pull colorful stitches. And then add beads. Because sparkly stuff is pretty too.

Although this was not intended for someone in particular I do plan to try it as a reproducible picture for cards. Which means trotting out the tripod-mounted camera and 5500K studio lights. That'll be awhile.  I'd rather just sew another one or 10 of these.

Eventually it'll live in the fabric book I have in mind as a catch all for textile collages not meant for splashy wall display. Quiet pieces that one can cozy up with while sipping tea and daydreaming.

Here's where to have a look around:
     www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt
     www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt
     www.illumnio.com/PegasaurusArt

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cracking Good Times

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artists book, partial open

Artists like to get silly too - at least this one does. Word play inspired me to make these four eggs  and combine them into a concertina bound book. Go ahead and roll your eyes, there are: Egg Citing, Egg Zalted, Egg Cellent, and Egg Zemplary, It's not specifically "Easter" but when else does one trot out egg-themed decor. If we can have rabbits cavorting in flowered hats, we can have a breakfast food tarted up with sequins.

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artist book, full spread

Each panel was made on a layered fabric background (including polka dot tissue paper laminated onto fabric) while the eggs themselves were made from textured scrapbooking paper. I added free motion stitch which lent itself well to the casual fun tone. And then I topped it off with silver embossed lettering and bead studded sequin.

Crazy Good Egg Salad, mixed media artists book, cover

The book measures 6" x 8" and unfolds to 24". The cloth covered mat board covers are sturdy for upright display on a table or shelf. The papers used are acid-free.

This is now offered in my Etsy and Handmade at Amazon shops, as well as Illumnio:
     www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt
     www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt
     www.illumnio.com/PegasaurusArt

Monday, February 13, 2017

Creepin' On Saint Sebastian

Saints Sebastian & Irene
When I first came across this image, I thought what a hot dude, his death scene looks kinda' sexy. So wrong. Turns out it is Saint Sebastian and he's not dying. He's being saved by the lovely Saint Irene (though he will later die violently confronting the very Emperor who condemned him the first time). It is a moving story as are all the tales of the saints. That status is never attained without unimaginable sacrifice.

I like to see what I can do with a found image (thank you, vintage Swedish dictionary), fabric scraps, and embroidery. In particular I was trying out a sandwich of paper image, ultralight fusible web, and sheer chiffon. Seems to have come out pretty well. Now it's open season on whatever printed picture I find intriguing.

Eventually these explorations will be collected in one artists book. In the meanwhile, other works are available at:
     www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt
     www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt
     www.illumnio.com/PegasaurusArt

Monday, February 6, 2017

Set Me Off

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book

A gift of Mexican coffee in retro-vibed red and white paper packaging really got me going. A paean to my favorite beverage was overdue. Something quick and spontaneous-y - like a good caffeine buzz.

I doodled on the packing paper, going over parts with free machine stitching in red and added personal observations. I layered this on polka dot fabric and alternated pages with ones of vintage bark cloth (thanks Grandma!) and rough cut coffee mugs. It's small too, 5" x 3".

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book, detail-1


The whipped cream topper for me are the beaded ends of the binding threads. Dangles are irresistible. More are definitely in the future.

Coffee Me, mixed media artist's book, detail-2

This is now offered in my Etsy and Handmade at Amazon shops, as well as Illumnio:
     www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt
     www.amazon.com/handmade/PegasaurusArt
     www.illumnio.com/PegasaurusArt