To read about how I made the Automaton Icon, please visit paperwhimsy.com inspire blog.
This is the first icon in a series. Some will use the paperwhimsy Automaton Form
and some will be very different as you can see from the piece below.
This piece began with a photo that was printed onto Transfer Paper and ironed onto fabric. I embroidered the face, then the hair. Next, I painted some areas with metallic paint, and added the beads and embellishments. Finally it was wrapped around a 6″ x 8″ x 2″ deep gesso board surface.
Freaky or pretty? I’ve had comments saying both things. I think some tension in a piece is a good thing. What do you think?
I’ve fallen in love with Sakura Gel Pens. While working on ideas for a decorative paper and collage class (Sign up here) I got hooked on working with the pens combined with Koh-i-nor woodless color pencils and have made a lot of paper in preparation for cutting the pages up for collage. These photos show some of the results.
The class will be three hours on Friday mornings for six weeks beginning January 30th 2015 and is to be held in McLean, VA. Even if you are experienced in doing this type of work, the class will provide time to work with a community of like minded persons.
Create your own unique patterned papers for collage with paint, drawing, stamps and stencils. Learn layering techniques to create beautiful, unique, hand designed paper. By sewing and gluing, we will create layered effects and interesting juxtapositions. You will use the papers you have designed to create small collages and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). Suggested materials to collect for use in class: old handwritten letters, interesting weathered old book pages, paper bags, odd bits of patterned paper you may have or find, bits of fabric, yarn, thread, old calendar pages. Instructor: Theresa Martin
To join me for the Patterned Paper and College Class, to be held in McLean, VA, go HERE.
This angel will be given away on December 13th, 2014. The details are HERE on the paperwhimsy inspire blog.
– Sign up is on the Artistic Artifacts web site HERE.
The process for both pieces is the same. First, a digital collage is made and printed out onto Transfer Artist Paper (TAP). It is then ironed onto fabric. From there, I embroider over the collage and add beads, ribbon, or wire mesh depending on the texture desired. These two pieces were stretched onto canvas stretcher bars, stapled down and framed with simple black frames. Growing Up is 8″ x 14″ inches. Little Flower is 9″ x 24″.
They are on exhibit in Alexandria, VA until November 2 in a show titled Metamorphosis.
Del Ray Artisans: View the art exhibit from October 3 through November 2, 2014 during gallery hours: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12-9pm, and Sundays 12-6pm. The gallery is free, open to the public and handicap accessible.