Monday, March 12, 2018

Everyone Wants A Piece

Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage

Dessert is my happy place. Yet without the metabolism of a gazelle, my visits are few and far between. And so I vicariously indulge appetite with art - reminding myself of greater, more lasting pleasures.

This innocently began with a little scrap play, leftovers from my recent textile collage, Cross. Some of the pieces tiered so nicely suggesting you-know-what that I couldn't help myself.  Beads, buttons, lace, ribbon - just too easy.  Heady stuff.

Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-a

I think the key for me was to make a background that had some texture but didn't compete with the centerpiece. I dry brushed a cotton fabric background then laminated an old dictionary page on top, whitewashing it to keep the words from jumping off the page. Went over this with a glaze of delicate metallic lilac to suggest a glow of sorts.

Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-b

The embroidery was done with a mix of flosses and perles - think different line thicknesses for mark-making. Got myself into a little trouble when I originally stitched the candle "light" circles in a very different color. Couldn't get past it and so carefully undid and redid them all in the white you see now.

It was a good opportunity to use some stitches I hadn't tried in a long while. Coral, for example. It's a challenge to incorporate the fancier ones when my style tends casual. Plus it has to make sense in my head - think existential.

Cake, Mixed Media Textile Collage, detail-c

Hoping others find this delectable. I found it quite satisfying, and wouldn't mind trying another. There seem to be all sorts of possibilities. Aaagh - sugar rush!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Three Apricots

Three Apricots, mixed media textile collage

An experiment with watercolor pencils transferred to fabric for the sheer pleasure of embellishing with stitch and beads.

I love watercolor painting but alas it is not one of my skills. Have tried throughout the years never meeting with enough success to think I could get the hang of it if only I really really applied myself. So I "cheat" and use watercolor pencils to block out my basic (and primitive) drawing then water brushing ever so gently to achieve blending! and gradation!

Three Apricots, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

I painted this little still life on a leftover scrap of Transfer Artist Paper because it can be applied to just about anything with an iron. Love this stuff but sadly not available anymore because a crucial ingredient is off the market for ever. (They are trying to find a work around.)

My motive was having a picture to embroider in a casual sketchy way - because I haven't done so before. I admire that free-form style but seem to retreat to the safety of official stitches that have names and a heritage.

Three Apricots, mixed media textile collage, detail-b

Adding beads is second nature. I had the perfect yellow-orange color, and they just invite the eye to mosey around to the softly frayed edges of the chiffon. My pictures here don't show that this is mounted on plain cotton dry brushed with white gesso. That's my go to background these days - creates a buffer zone to make the picture pop and adds a little texture as well.

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