Take a piece of driftwood and with some damp wavewashed beach sand as your canvas, write
Once again, my ambitions exceeded my capabilities, but it was fun trying!
At this stage I don't have any alphabet software for my embroidery machine, so I wrote "Aloha" with a marking pencil then satin stitched the outline.
I struck a problem when it came to adding the shading caused by the stick digging into the damp sand...., so I attempted to remedy this by hand stitching small straight stitches around the letters.
In the first card I laid down a couple of silk petals from a broken lei, then added some metallic flower sequins.
The brightly striped fabric represents a beach towel and I made a pair of thongs (flip-flops I think my American friends call them??)
Some small beads from an old necklace, and a couple of charms completed the beach atmosphere.
The second and third cards also shared the beige batik for a sandy beach.
Unfortunately, I got the" bright" idea of grating some Inktense sticks onto the fabric and moistening the result.
I should have stuck to my original thought of gluing beach sand to the surface, but I was worried about how Customs would react to that, so gave it a miss.
On the second and third cards I couched down some shaggy knitting yarn to represent seaweed on the beach, and if you look closely you will find shells, the odd fish or dolphin
and even a turtle.
I have represented the beaches in a creamy beige shade, hopefully like the sands of Waikiki, but thinking back to a very short visit in 1979, I remember walking on a beach with nearly black sand and sloping very steeply from the beach to the water.....
Is my memory playing tricks, or have I remembered correctly?
Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
It's a mad dash to complete my current postcard swaps before Thursday, when I'm scheduled for cataract surgery.
Sure, there's no real need to work so quickly, but I prefer to have the cards ready before time, just in case there are post-op problems.
I had already planned HOW I was going to work the cards, until...........!
I visited my local quilt supply shop for some overlocker needles, and there on the counter was this dusky pink fabric featuring butterflies and stamps!
What else could I do, but purchase a 15 centimetre strip and change my plans!
On cards number ONE and Three, I appliqued a digitised embroidered butterfly, whilst Card #2 had a dragonfly appliqued to it.
Card #1 also had a butterfly constracted of faux cabochon gem stones, whilst cards #2 and 3 had gemstone butteflies laid under tulle as there were no holes they could be stitched through to the background.
These will be sent to PostCard Mail Art members.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Two recent themes I attempted to cover in the Postcard format were:
Doors: These two cards weremeant to represent my front door!
For the background fabric in both, I used a mono print made with my Gelli plates..
Mixing Nepoaque dark brown with Russet and Titanium white I attempted to have a grainy timber look for the fabric.
I then used Textiva film cut in a semi circle to represent a coloured glass insert in the upper section (of the door). A fine braid was used to complete the sectioned window.
The braid I used in the upper photo,frankly I would not repeat this , as it turned out to be too "clunky" for the effect I was hoping for.
A gold button for the door knob and the door was complete!
The lower door benefited slightly from the mistakes in the first card, in that I used a finer cord to outline the window and the door panels.Unfortunetely the round cord was a little un co-operative and my square panels are not SQUARE.
The second theme was ITALY!
PostCardMailArt group are alphabetically visiting countries of the world, and nowwe are up to "I".
I decided to try a collage...a technique that I do not use very often.
I obtained an Italian language newspaper: which unfortunately did not have many colour features in it except on the cooking page where the recipe of the day was "Stuffed Zuccini flowers".
Using Modge Podge, which was a first for me I collaged snippets of newspaper articles.
I then sewed together the green, white and red of the Italian flag and added them to each card:
And WHOOPS! I've just noticed that one flag has been positioned reversed! I hope that does not insult any readers as it was truly accidental and no insult intended.
Honestly though, I do tend to be a tad dyslexic at times, and I hope that can be my excuse.
I'll be taking a short break from postcard making, and blogging for a while as I have corrective procedures for cataracts
Posted by Maureen at 2:01 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Yesterday I drove up to BribieIsland and visited with the Island Quilters who had kindly donated some Shoe-box Rescue kits for Flood afflicted quilters and sewers.
I now have about 60 kits to deliver, thanks to the Crazy Quilters of Caboolture and the Island Quilters of Bribie Island.
As you can see from the second photograph, my dining table is being used to tag and seal the boxes prior to delivery.
Hopefully I can get down to the Shed (CONNECTED regd charity) on Saturday to get them out to the areas requiring help.
Island Quilters are still a community minded group. It's over seven years since I have had contact with them (I used to be a member) and it was good to renew acquaintances and see how they still support communities in need: Little wooly caps for Premmie babies at Mater Hospital;
Knitted mini sleeping bags that as the infant grows becomes a pullover for kiddies in the PNG Highlands;
Cuddly bears for an orphanage in Africa....and the shoe boxes for our own people.
Posted by Maureen at 8:08 pm
I tried doing some Blue -work stitching by machine, and although I had good designs to work with, I did not like the resulting pieces.
So, once again, I returned to where I started.....handwork!
Two pieces in the six by four inch format were more satisfying for me.
Sure digitised embroidery provides some wonderfully intricate results, but nothing measures up to the satisfaction of hand stitching a design, even if one's stitches are not as precise as machine stitched work
Posted by Maureen at 7:29 pm
Monday, April 08, 2013
Using the technique popularised by Karen Eckmeier I tried making some" accidental landscapes" in Postcard format.
With "accidental landscapes, one starts layering at the top of the scene.
Each subsequent layer is topstitched in position, rather than the raw edge applique I normally use..
And instead of using toning threads to sew down each layer I used Superior clear monofilament....I realise now that was a mistake. and in the future will avoid a short-cut in order to obtain a better result.
I wish I could say that I was happy with the resulting landscapes, but feel I need repeat the exercise in a size larger than 6 by 4 inches.
Also, adding some Angelina fibre plus a copper thread for "glitter" on the sunkissed water was "too much" for such a small format.
Cards 3 and 4 I used a softer fabric to represent the sky. and more greens for the hillsides:
I still didn't manage to incorporate the SEVEN that Eckmeier suggest using!
Oh well back to the drawing (and cutting board)
But that will need wait until I complete a couple of other postcards with different themes.
Posted by Maureen at 6:03 pm