Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunflower's In My Garden

Last month I won a contest at FAMM and the prize was a package of Lutradur and a E Book from
 CT Publications.  I was so excited that I actually won something and, that I would be getting some of this Lutradur in my hands!  The new monthly challenge came around and it was to use something transparent.  See previous post for my entry.  BUT! - I had this idea spinning in my head and it just had to come out!  So I sent a second entry using the Lutradur (seems only right anyway) and well I just love it, even though it is a second entry, it meets the requirements.  Wish me luck a second time around.   

First I tried to print on the Lutradur but my printer does not want to cooperate, not that it couldn't be the operator mind you.  So I took a pencil sketched out as best I could the picture I had in mind, right on the Lutradur.  Thought hmmm markers?  tried it no too light my markers are old!  OK well how about Twinkling H2O's  I truly love that paint.  OK well that was nice enough but it still lacked POP!  So I added a little acrylic paint.  Have you ever noticed that yellow acrylic paint is so thin???!!! So I added a few more layers of paint.  Topped it off with a little bit of detail with my black Sharpie pen.

And then WOW came to me and my bright ideas!  What if I machine stitched it with pretty variegated rayon thread that I bought about 5 years ago (yeah I am not kidding) and never used.  So I did, well that opened a whole new can of worms!   I have never really done this sort of thing before so I was winging it.  It seemed like it took forever and a day but finally I was happy with the stitching.  Oh how I wish I could free motion stitch on my machine!  I also added some fine netting to the center that I hand stiched down and cut slices in it to add more texture.  So because I love shinny glittery things I added a bit of stickles which I bought last year and guess what - yep never used!  Ouuuuhhhhh I like it!  I then after searching high and low found my heat gun and went to work melting the Lutradur, that wasn't enough!  So I got out my wood burning tool and melted more!  My hubby asked me if I was trying to get high?  LOL I was outside but it still smelled over his spaghettie sauce!  So there I was, sitting here at my computer and thinking it needs to say something!  So I did a search for quotes, and poems and found this lovely poem and borrowed it.  Here is the link to the original poem.  The author is unknown so I am thinking it is OK to use, but I really wish the author would come fourth.  It almost sounded like  Isabel Fiske Conant from back in the 1930's but I guess it isn't hers.  I just wrote it out on a piece of loose woven muslin with my trusty Sharpie Pen and hand stitched it on.  I think my youngest daughter may like this but I am not sure she changes like the wind!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some People Are So Transparent....

                                     You Can See Right Through Them!

FAMM for August Challenge was to use something transparent in art.  So my mind immediately clicked to the old saying "Some people are so transparent you can see right through them".  Although that statement is slightly cynical it has a bit of truth to it.  So I made a transparent girl with what else?  transparencies with transparent vellum wings.  Then I got to thinking about that subject.
And decided she needed a Bullsh** meter to stand on, and the little plastic fish to depict "fishy stories" or "fish tales" as you wish. 
Of course they must live in a transparent world.... and of course they "embellish" their phrases

So they have transparent hearts(see the transparent hearts?) and words.  I mean really how many times have people said things to you to sway your thoughts their way, or perhaps say things they didn't mean to make you feel better?  Told you this was cynical!  LOL take heart I don't mean it.  Uh Oh am I being transparent?  So to add a little interest I needed to add some textiva, I love that stuff!  Besides the little colorful kitty had to hide in the transparent grass because she like her person is a curious creature.  I added the netting to show how they get caught up.....eventually.
                 Here we have the finished piece of the transparent person Tra La La'ing through life. 
I used the most delicate lace paper in the top half of this canvas, it almost fell apart as soon as I adhered it.  I need to find some more of that stuff, it is truly great! 

NOTE*  This is by no means a personal reflection on any one person known by this author. 
I learned this particular phrase from my Mother as I was growing up, it must be an old saying and she still says it today.  I may gift this one to her.