Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sketch Book RR Month 3

I have just completed the third month of Journal round robin where we complete two pages each month and mail them on.  Each has a different theme. 

This is Lisa's RR called "You Give me Wings".    This page was on a pop-up card by Robert Sabuda and I adapted it, the quote is from a song by Felix Mendelssohn.  A song I learnt as a child and one of those verse that sticks in the memory and you never can remember the whole thing. (Thank you Google).  So I hope that making this card  has liberated me of song madness. Pop-ups fascinate me .

Next  from a Dover book and an illustration by Willi Pogany who was a children's illustrator then moved on to Hollywood as a set designer.  The elitists thought his work deteriorated when he went west.  I love his illustrations but his Hollywood stuff is pure Hollywood garish, wonderful posters and sets (he worked on the Mummy)

This is from an illustration in the Children's Treasury of verses.  I painted the background and added the butterflies.  I originally intended doing some free motion stitched butterflies ad wire wrapped figures, then realized due to the way the book is bound it added too much bulk and would distort the Journal.  A fat book is one thing but I don't like  bulging. Also the pages of this journal are heavy water color paper so my whole visual image changed and  felt it needed to be paper dominated.  So major shuffle of design and approach.  The figures i designed to sit on machine embroidered butterflies were taken oven by the cat and never completed though one day they will be rescued and worked into a fabric design.   

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DEANIE & MONICA Project Day1

Once a month I meet with my friend Deanie at her studio in Boerne TX and we make stuff.    We have dyed, painted, ripped, burnt fabric and..... even completed the Tomes project.  We have done just about every surface design and embellishment that is now being published as the latest, new fad as well as some yet to be discovered.  Why? well for fun what else.  It's our take on the pursuit of happiness.

Yesterday we started a new project, VERY loosely, based on a book Fabric Embellishing, a very basic book with several authors.  We started by making a cover, a sandwich of cardboard between two layers of fabric. 
Deanie used her hand dyed silk velvet and I used felt, orange of course!
This is Deanie choosing her fabric.  Deanie is tall so her work table is high for me.

This is me cutting the felt.  The table was covered to protect the work surface from flying paint and glue.  Happily Deanie is NOT a neat nik.
Deanie found a beaded frog she had made long ago and burnt the  polyester backing away before attaching him to the background.  
Somehow this is cannot be turned upright

I never quite finished as the glue used was a gel and never dried but here is what I plan.
The heads where made my Virginia Robertson a zillion years ago at the IQF in Houston.  She was demonstrating how to make them and I asked to buy them.  Every woman standing around grabbed!  They were discovered sulking in a closet.  So now liberated they will live on the cover of this book.  
In Fabric Embellishing they use a nice method of tabs for the grommets.  Will show thats in the next installment of this crazy project.

now to finish book but first why did the adjustments of these photos disappear as saved!!!
Another computer mystery.