Category Archives: Mixed Media

Morphing

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Morphing

The inspiration for my January project was an image that included snowflakes and the words “hello January” and  “peace”.   I wanted a gold on gold/beige or off-white background with a snowflake that looked lacy and delicate. 

The piece was going to be about 24 x 24″ but when I started piecing the background with a gold fleur-de-lis fabric and a beige upholstery remnant, it looked too linear.  I cut it up and started working with a piece of fabric about 12 by 15 inches.

Assembling the materials, I had Glimmer Mist, Stickles, various pieces of jewellery I will never wear again, a piece of ribbon trim, some brads, an old doily and a belt buckle, all in antique gold shades.

Over a few weeks I worked on the piece, occasionally leaving it for a couple of days to allow myself to view it with a fresh eye.  Eventually there was a transformation:  it no longer bore any resemblance to my inspiration image and I’m not even sure if it looks wintery.

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Now I need a name for it – any ideas?  “Winter of my Discontent”?

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media – Week One

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Friday marked the beginning of a 6 week Mixed Media class at Toronto School of Art with Jacqueline Treloar.  Having failed Grade 9 Art, I feel there is nowhere to go but up.

I am a blank page

I am a blank page

I decided to work on what I consider one of the ugliest fabrics in my entire collection:

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After a demo on acrylic paints & inks, squeegees and rollers, I set out to change this monetary monstrosity.  First I used a pinkish acrylic ink with a roller over part of it but this was barely noticeable.  I added some red and blue horizontal splotches with a squeegee.  Then, at Jacqueline’s suggestion, I lay down painter’s tape in vertical stripes across the piece and painted rough red lines off the tape.  I highlighted the straight side of the red stripe with very thin lines of  white acrylic and defined them even further with a blue pencil.   Class was over.

Not sure where this is going....

Not sure where this is going….

At home, I sandwiched it, picked out a variegated thread to match and did some straight line quilting to accent the vertical stripes even more.

 

the finish

the finish

 

Hanging in my kitchen now!  $$$$$$$$