Wednesday, August 4, 2010
BJP 2010 #5 A BIRD SINGS
DOES NOT SING
IT HAS AN ANSWER,
IT HAS A SONG.
Here is the second installment of my pages in transition. I have to say that I like these two pages, in certain ways, better than any others I have done. I was never really comfortable encrusting entire pages with beads. I think in the future I will feel at ease incorporating more and more threadwork into my pages.
I started by thinking about how I would color the back ground. I wanted to use chalks, but for the life of me, I cannot find my chalks. So, I used crayon, then heat set it. It was OK, but not quite the effect I wanted.
I don't know much about stamping on fabric. I love the saying on this stamp and decided I wanted to use it on this page. Stamping on wool felt didn't work too well for me. After the page was stitched and beaded, I had to tackle the fact that the stamped words had faded. I tried stamping on other material but didn't like the look on the page. So, I restamped a piece of felt. Tested textile medium on a stamped scrap and proceeded to glue the new stamped piece to the page and secured it with stitching. I'm still not too happy with the way the stamping looks, but after all its a learning experience.
I love these two newest pages. I'm not totally sure why. Maybe their 3 x 3 size. Probably the mix of thread stitching with the addition of beads. Its likely the fact that I am trying new things has a lot to do with it, even if it is in a small way.