The Idea Lady

The Idea Lady

I just finished and framed my “Idea Lady.” She’s a very bad magazine image transfer that I festooned with butterflies I punched from clothing catalogs. Those butterflies are all ideas coming out of her head. She doesn’t look like me, but she is me, so I’ll keep her for myself. Now, where to hang her?

More from the 100 Day Project

More from the 100 Day Project
Snowflakes stamped on tissue
Alcohol ink on tissue
Another geli print
And another
And another, gold makes a difference!
Even a little gold!
A gold frame painted on tissue
A gold frame painted around a bee on a magazine cover
A paper towel, painted gold
Water color spots with marker swirls

Revisiting the 100 Days

Revisiting the 100 Days

Here are photos of the experiments I conducted and the papers I created during The 100 Days Project. I concentrated on making collage papers.

Paints on tissue
Gold painted brown paper bag
Momigamied magazine page dry brushed with gold
Momigamied magazine page dry brushed with white metallic paint and iridescent glitter glue
Momigamied with gold
Tissue painted with gold mica from paintbrush water
Black card stock painted with gold mica paintbrush water
Wendy’s napkin, 2 ply, embossed under a heavy trunk
Gold painted wallpaper
Tissue stamped with Stazon ink
Shibori-style paper dyed with green ink
The previous paper unfolded
Faux handmade paper sprinkled with tea and statice clippings, secured with satin gel medium
The previous paper, covered with the stamped tissue, and sealed with more gel medium
A first geli print. See how the paint “bubbles” on a new geli plate?
Sometimes, brayer roll off sheets are worth keeping!
Embossed vellum painted pthalo blue on the back
Watercolor whorlies with white metallic swirlies

TO BE CONTINUED…

Something Worked!

Something Worked!
I downloaded this photo from Shutterstock to use for photo embroidery. I printed it way too small for that. Even if I used sewing thread and a fine needle to enhance the flowers, it’d just make a holey mess.

So, I got an idea to enhance the flowers with puffy paint.

I applied it in tiny dabs with toothpicks.

It dried shiny, and almost crystalline looking. It looks great, but is very hard to photograph.

I tried!

Another Friday Finish!

Another Friday Finish!
I finally finally finished my mixed media whitewater collage!

The image is a momigamied page from a local magazine, mounted on white metallic painted tissue, mounted on canvas board painted metallic blue.

Instead of using oil, as in traditional momigami, I dry brushed some of the white metallic paint and added tiny specks of iridescent white glitter glue.

I made the paddle with a piece of dowel and polymer clay. The wave at the bottom is made of silver tube beads laid end to end.

The hanging cord is a piece of salvaged ear wire. The paddle is secured with pieces of braided “mini rope.”

The whole piece is finished with 7coats of clear gloss spray. I also gave it a couple of shots of UV Preserve before adding the gloss spray.

I finished the back of my whitewater collage with a slightly trimmed 12×12” piece of blue ombre card stock, and clear glue.

It is signed and dated with my K♥️ signature under one loose corner of the momigamied image.

Ribbon Embroidery on a Photograph

Ribbon Embroidery on a Photograph

I am taking a class on Domestika on embroidering on photographs. I have thought for years of printing photographs on fabric and then embroidering details. I never thought about embroidering on the actual photograph until I found this class.

So, here I go. I didn’t have shades of orange in my ribbon stash, but I did have yellows and 2 shades of orange Sharpies!

I stitched my first flower. Can you tell?

I learned several things:

1. Premium photo paper is tough. Even with pre-punching holes for my stitches, it’s very much like hand sewing leather. (Flashbacks to sewing ribbons on my daughter’s ballet shoes.)

2. This is an inkjet copy. The ink rubs off on your hands AND your ribbon.

3. This technique requires a lot of photo handling. A big border is essential. So is a white cotton glove on your non-dominant hand. It prevents fingerprints. (Due to #2, the glove doesn’t stay white.)

I stitched my glove several times. Better the glove than my finger!
I got quite a bit done, tonight, but it’s hard to see. I think that’s a good thing!

Look what Laura Made!

Look what Laura Made!

Laura’s lovely lariat made with leather, assorted beads, sewing charms and a Mardi Gras stone heart!(That’s a quilt she made for me in the background!)

And here she is!When Laura Sheaffer and I get together, we like to party, and by party, I mean create!