theresa mARTin

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Process For Little Red Riding Hood’s Beaded Wolf

 

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First day’s progress on the loom

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Beaded Wolf second day’s progress

 

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Finished piece is 3.5″ x 3.5″

This was an ambitious piece for a loom beginner and I learned a lot about how to make the next piece better.  The beads are 46″ across by 46″ tall so it comes to 2116 tiny Delica beads.  The spacing isn’t as tight as I’d like, but I can adjust the way I worked on the loom for the next time. Being a fan of showing the artist’s hand in artwork I like it despite the imperfections, and will most likely use it in the Little Red Riding Hood piece I have in mind. It will be a small portion of a bigger piece.

Embroidery of Little Red Riding Hood

Embroidery of Little Red Riding Hood to go with the wolf

I’ve been planning to have the wolf to the left of Little Red, looking at her but I don’t have a clear answer in my mind as to how they will go together yet. This piece may need to sit a little while until it’s completely solved.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

 

 


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Struggling with a Wolf

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Struggling with a Wolf; the Evolution of a Pattern.

 

I have been struggling with a wolf. A wolf pattern, that is, for a Little Red Riding Hood Icon piece.  The first group of patterns I came up with were like the ones above. The plan is to do the beadwork on a loom. I worked and reworked the forms in an online bead pattern generator until I came up with the above, fairly decent image. It took a lot of work to get the bead width to 45 beads, which is daunting enough. It didn’t excite me enough, however, to make the commitment to all that beadwork.

Wolf Pattern

Super detail

I found another bead generator online called Patterns for you and came up with a much more detailed version that I like a lot. BUT it has 100 x 100 rows of beads (for 10,0000 beads), much too complex for my small bead loom!

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I decided to go back to an earlier idea of having just the wolf’s head in an outlined square and it has kept all the detail, focuses more on the BIG TEETH and this is the one with which I’ll move forward. The evolution that came from the struggle was worth it, don’t you agree?

It’s still an ambitious pattern and in the end this will be a small portion of a 12″ x 12″ canvas that will include an embroidered Little Red Riding Hood figure. The bead count for the Big Bad Wolf will be 2116, which will keep me busy for a while.  I’ll show you progress as it happens.

 

 


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Icons

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To read about how I made the Automaton Icon, please visit paperwhimsy.com inspire blog.

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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.
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theresa mARTin Icon

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?


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A Project for Stampington

Springtime Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll was created as a project for one of my favorite publishers, the Stampington Web Site.

Springtime Garden Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll

Available on Etsy

Springtime Garden Santos Doll and Hearts and Flower Santos Doll

The Promise of Spring Garden Santos Doll and Hearts and Flower Santos Doll

Romantic Valentine Heart

Romantic Valentine Heart

 

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Triptych

 

Hearts and Flower Valentine

Hearts and Flower Valentine

 

All the art shown here and more are available in my Etsy shop.


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Hand Drawn Decorative Papers

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

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.

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Two pieces of painted paper with string in the middle for texture

 

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Freehand painting of designs with stencils

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen, Pencil and Paint on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

 

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Pen and Pencil on Black Paper

Patterned Paper and Collage Class description:

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.

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