Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Imagine" Metal and Stitch

Another project completed!  Yay me!  This one I called "Imagine" it is a metal and stitch project.  How did this come about you may ask?  Well at the Fiber Arts Mixed Media   group they have monthly challenges.  This month you were to pick one material: cotton, velvet, felt, linen, wood, metal, paper and

                                            one medium: paint, pencils, markers, ink, glue, thread
from this list and create something.  This is what I came up with.

                                                                 This is a close up

                                                                   an    overall  view                                                                                                         A little bit closer.

This is done on aluminum screening using pearl cotton and craft sheet metals.  There is one square of copper.  The flowers are little metal die cut daisy's that I have had for oh I don't know about one hundred years or so.  Also added some charms from Tim Holtz collections. 

Stitching on screen is harder than you think.  I would start doing one thing and ending up doing another because I wanted the back to look as good as the front and every little thread out of place shows.  I also got poked quite a few times because I couldn't find my masking tape and heck why would I that would make too much sense!  I was terrified of trying my sewing machine on it so it is all done by hand.  I think it is screaming for beads to be added but the idea was to use two items....sooooooooooo there you have it!  Right now it is a wall hanging but I think it may end up being the front of a journal cover, the jury is still out on that thought right now.  Most likely it will end up in a plastic baggie and thrown into a bin and not seen again for a year or two.  Art keeps me off the street!

Sketchbook Challenge

I know I have been missing in action but life just some days gets right smack in the way!  I returned from NY to find that all my carpet was gone and my house had been flooded.  Just before Christmas I had to remodel the entire bathroom and the front living room all I can say is what a mess!  It left me slightly disenchanted to say the least.  It all turned out well in the end but what a pain!   That being said we had a very nice Christmas and my tree was beautiful and we actually made it through without a catastrophe which for the last four years it has been. 

I joined up for the sketchbook challenge and if you want to join too just click here!  There is a long list of host for the project
Your hosts for the Sketchbook Challenge:

Jill Berry

Sue Bleiweiss

Laura Cater-Woods

Jane Davies

Jamie Fingal

Judi Hurwitt

Leslie Tucker Jenison

Lyric Kinard

Jane LaFazio

Kelli Perkins

Carol Sloan

Carla Sonheim

Susan Sorrell

Melanie Testa

Diana Trout

Violette Clark

There will also be prizes and giveaways just for participating.  Very generous sponsors so check it out if your so inclined.  You can do one page or many pages however you can only submit one entry per month.
Because I participate in many different projects and avenues of media I have so far only done one page for the month of January but I intend to have more time if I can manage to get myself organized.  My craft room studio is still mostly packed in boxes.  Not sure how that will happen since I will be travelling back to NY in early May to help when the new grand baby arrives so again I will be busy.

Below is my entry for January.  The theme is "Highly Prized"  What I hold in my hands is very highly prized, and I thank God for all that I have.  I picked the most prized in my life because I knew I prize many material things and could have made a whole book had I gone that route but instead I choose the most important.  

Some of you that know my story will understand the meaning behind this more than others, I am truly thankful for life.