Friday 24 June 2016

Fabric Vase for PaperArtsy

I am delighted to have a project on PaperArtsy for the fabric challenge. I have made a vase out of a bottle, using transparent Powertex and calico. I'm not completely happy with how it turned out but I'm pleased I did what I set out to do which was to experiment with showing how stamps and Frescos could be introduced into Powertex and fabric work by using the transparent version. There is loads and loads more scope to use these components together on future projects and it was such fun.

I had originally intended the rose to have leaves so I thought I would give you a couple of photos here as an additional idea. It didn't look right on the final vase but I think it would look nice on maybe a flatter project such as a box.

I used the leaf from Ellen Vargo Eclectica 02 and stamped it on the calico with a mixture of Granny Smith and Toad Hall Frescos. I cut some out full size and some I cut a shaving off, following the lines as shown, to make smaller leaves. I coated them in the transparent Powertex and shaped them a little when they were sticky.

I also stamped Cogs in Slate as I had thought they would work well as flower centres. I made some flowers using the large Spiral from Ellen Vargo Eclectica 02 and they turned out fantastic but again I didn't need them. Lots of ideas for future projects though!

I do hope you will hop on over to see me at PaperArtsy and let me know what you thought!

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Powertex Bronze Plaque - PaperArtsy Fabric Challenge

I have made a Powertex reverse canvas for the PaperArtsy Fabric challenge theme which I thought could act as a plaque on the side of a house as it will be weatherproof. In fact, although it doesn't look it, it is mainly bronze and will match the fairy I made before so I will give it to Mum's wonderful carer. Maybe she would like it for the outside of her summerhouse for her daughter. Daughter is coming home from Uni for the holidays and her boys have got so used to not having to share a bedroom where the younger one moves into her room during termtime, that Mum has created this amazing den in the garden with her own hands for her to sleep in. I guess it means she keeps a bit of the independence and privacy she has become used to, too. In termtime, when the now all male household gets too much for Mum, she goes out there to ring me for our natters.

It was really hard to get a photo as the colours are really bronze, copper, green, and rose gold, with touches of white. I love the texture but in the photo it looks a bit tatty because you can't really see the depth of the canvas so it looks as though the  lovely trailing pieces round the edges are layered on top of everything else in a haphazard way. I made the face with clay and the flower is die cut and filled with little balls.

I'm not totally happy with it, but it does look quite pretty in real life and will be a good companion for the fairy. I am linking this up to the PaperArtsy fabric challenge.

Saturday 11 June 2016

Secret Garden Bird House for PaperArtsy Our House Challenge

I mentioned on the post I did for PaperArtsy here that I wanted to do a house with a tiled roof with the Lynne Perrella collage pieces I had left over so here it is!

I had a little stuffed fabric bird in my stash from when dear Petra had her clear out before going to La Palma so I gave him some new Lynne Perrella feathers.

Just nearly broke my neck climbing on the bench to hang it up, just for fun! I'm entering this into the PaperArtsy 'Our House' challenge.