Sunday, August 20, 2006

First piece of found art

IF you find my FOUND ART piece please go to my profile at the bottom of the page and email me. Left my first piece of found art in a bird hide around the edge of Roadford reservoir. Exciting as this is my first foray into this and have been planning it for a while. Hope someone finds it and lets me know.

Also created another piece for this but haven't decided where i shall leave it yet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

So busy and so little time left

So busy yesterday that i didn't get time to post an entry. Only got 3 whole days left to do lots on this, then it is back to reality and trying to squeeze it into evenings and weekends. Made 4 business card holders yesterday, 2 still need stitching together.
Worked out how to make one that opens the other way.
Did lots of fabric painting but alas the sun didn't come out so i couldn't do my light reactive paint work.
Started on a small fabric hanging using angelina originally for found art but i like it so much i am now not sure. Have now mostly finished it, but not sure what to do with it.

Started to plan a bag with a piece of fabric that i haven't used because i have been liking it too much. Have now finished it and I am very pleased, a pure piece of indulgence for me.

Very excitied by the fabric journal i have signed up for on flickr, making a different journal page for each person, going to be a big challenge as i have never done anything like this before. Really going to get the juices flowing as i need to come up with interpretations of everyones theme.
Have also made a slightly larger purse which could be used for all sorts of things.

Also made another bag. I am like a possessed thing.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Learning even more

Have been busy this morning, mostly finished the green and denim bag now. I have then spent sometime searching the net and found out how to make business card holders:
Another link with pattern
I have now finished my first one.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Where has summer gone?

Indeed where has it gone, need a very thick fleece on this morning when i went for a walk.
Been a busy weekend, mostly chores. Have found time to fit in some creating even if it has been in the early hours of the morning. Mostly finished sisters bag now. Just need to add personalised tag.

Also nearly finished first fabric book. Stitched over some ribbon to help it work better with the book.

Bought some markal paintstiks yesterday, now trying to find a cool online video i watched before about how to use them. I shall let you know how i get on.
Working late into the evening and creating another bag.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Only half a day

Got up a bit later today and only have half a day on fridays so had to work fast. Sticked all the pockets and flaps into the book i'm making. Finally remembered how to do button holes on my machine.
Then finished my second ATC. Foundly known in our house as the mini magic carpet.

Then made a small envelope style purse with the remains of the morning. Very pleased as this is my first one of these and i found a way to close it.
Good morning session all round and off to buy supplies this afternoon.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

So many projects

ATC card now has fringed edges and I worked late into the night. Found someone to swap with and it is flying off to the Netherlands today.
Picked out next piece I want to work on. I created this a while ago at a workshop and have been mulling over ever since what to do with it. I love the texture so much I think i am becoming too precious about using it. We shall see. Also going to do another ATC today.

Been working hard all day but I still don't know where the time has gone. Decided to turn the above fabric into a small book. Went outside in the very gusty wind to dye some fabric for the inside pages as i didn't have anything suitable. Even after a very messy rummage.

Then had to dye it some more as when it dried it was soooooo much lighter than i expected.

Then set about turning this fabric into pages and pockets.

Almost ready to stitch it all together but need to remember how to make button holes as one of the pockets inside is like an envelope. Also been working on another piece that i created the background for last year.

It was lots of cut and bondawebbed material. I have now created buttons out of friendly plastic to attach to it.
Wonder what else i can get done in the time left before i have to clear up. I have now spread across the whole of downstairs, and outside.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Exciting day

Made really good progress on sisters bag. All textile work machined on. Ready to put lining in. Have stitched handles. Moved onto making a fabric ATC. It has gone really well. Used a piece of fabric i made that was left over from a box i created. Then foiled and embossed it. Then used a piece of modellin paste work that i created at a workshop. I used inks, metallic wax and lustre powder to decorate it. Now i have stitched the item together. Just need to find someone to swap it with.

Have been reading loads about the found art thing today. Really keen to do this. Want loads of people to do it too. Think i might leave some when i go to Reading festival. Also found a cool webiste, thanks to the cool people at flickr, which sends out letters about creativity.
Gonna give this a go.
Also found this really interesting article about keeping an art journal:

Already thinking about what i want to make for the found art work. A painting???
Heres to another exciting day tomorrow.
When you give away a little piece of your heart, you're giving away the only thing you can give away, which, after you do, you got more left than you had before you gave some of it away.-- Don Hutson

Mmm Wednesday. What next.

Found very interesting website through flickr: Really worth a look. I shall keep a record on here of how mine goes.

Think I shall try and finish my sisters bag today and then make a book cover (first time).
Foiling went well yesterday so i have got a little carried away.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Almost finished sun felt work

Well I think it may be nearly done. I shall have to leave it alone for a bit to decide. Took off the red wire along the edge and added some more machine embroidery. Back to real life stuff now. Ho hum.

Mmm what to do..

I have taken out all my partially started pieces and my completed ones. I have finally sorted and photographed all the finished ones. I am now deciding which on to finish next.
I have decided to work on a felt piece i started last summer:

I am making a thread to go around the edge first.

Upclose of made thread
Originally uploaded by sequin girl.

Next i added more wire to the edges.
Now i have placed a pieces of painted bondaweb in the centre and machined a spiral

Bondaweb centre
Originally uploaded by sequin girl.

Have put on transfer foil as rays. Rather a stress remembering how to use it. Thank goodness for stitch magazine. Now adding final stitching.

Found this website and idea about found art. Take a look:

Struggling with blog

Today i am trying to find another way to get pictures on here as my blog writer is not working properly. I finishes the bag yesterday. And started to finish another one that i had had on the go for a while. PIctures will come when i can get it to work properly.
Bag 1 - stamped design

DSCF0067, originally uploaded by sequin girl.

DSCF0070, originally uploaded by sequin girl.

Bag 2 - soldering iron cut out butterflies and paint.

DSCF0069, originally uploaded by sequin girl.

Mmm what to do today??

Silk butterfly with wadding

Here are some photographs of past work that I have done

Silk butterfly with wadding, originally uploaded by sequin girl.

Created last year. Silk painted then machine embroidered with wadding behind.

Monday, August 07, 2006

ATC card for sister - first attempt

Progress of the ATC
Using textile techniques such as creating own ribbon.
Created lettering using velum
Created texture background with dreamweaver embossing paste
Bit of glitter glue and some sequins
Learnt how to use a stamp with fusible film

Finished !!! Feeling quite happy with first attempt.

Mmm what next today??
This is my first blog - I have decided to document my art workings and how they progress in the hope that it will clarify my mind, become a digital sketch book and connect with others. Here goes:
Right now I am into -
Learning about ATC
Stamping on fabric
Learning about altered books
Making fabric books

Start of an ATC for my sister

Beginnings of the inside of fabric book

Outside of fabric book so far.

I have also made loads of card lately for family birthdays etc.