A Smorgasboard

I have been busy working away again this week. (Keeping up with my goals so far.) I started this notebook cover before Christmas. It was going to be a collage but ended up mainly as painting. This is made with paper towels with which I wiped up dye. I glued that down and then added oil paint sticks and then a bit of stamping after that was dry. This is the notebook where I am keeping all my design work for the Traveling Pages. I am currently working on designing for “Fairy Tales” for Ann. I have several sketches, now I just have to decide which one to use.

Here’s a close up.

I embellished my last ‘wrinkled’ vessel.

I used a variety of yarns – these are attached at the ends and then wrapped.

Here’s a close up.

And another. I’m thinking of submitting these to the “500 Felt Objects” book. What do you think? Good enough to get in? I’m kind of gun shy about entering things but I guess all they can say is “No” and there’s no entry fee. I have to make sure the photos are the right size.

Here’s the vessel I made today from the same resist that I used for the one above. Here it is after laying out and wetting down. As you can see, I’ve added the same yarns I used on the one above as inclusions in the felt.

Here is is drying. It has a sugar bowl in the bottom to keep it in shape. I used a sewn shibori technique to get the ridges in the sides. The threads are still in as it is drying. I’ll take them out once it’s dry. You can see the threads sticking out at the top.
Here’s another view.
And a close up.

I added some hand stitching to my machine embroidery piece. Now it just needs a frame.

Here’s a close up.
Here is some of the work I’ve been doing in my journal. I’m still working through the book “7 Keys to Great Painting” by Jane Hofstetter. The page on the right is value shape patterns that she recommends you use as the base of all your paintings. Therefore, you have planned ahead of time where your dark and light values will be. She uses them for all her paintings and has many to choose from to fit to each subject.
This is more about value shape patterns. The page on the left shows 6 different ones that always seem to work well. The page on the right shows how you can take a poor sketch and use different techniques to improve it.
More value shape patterns. I have really enjoyed this book and will be using her 7 keys to improve my work when I do a 2D piece. I think these will really help with machine embroidery pieces such as landscapes.
Here’s some ideas for future felt pieces. I want to make some shapes based on “snow ghosts”. We get these on top of the mountain and they are cool shapes.
My sketches for possible vessel shapes are on the left. These will all use the same resist but look very different. The questions on the right are from the 7 Keys book. You can click on any of these photos to enlarge them so you can see them better.
The other good thing that happened this week was that I sold two of my pieces at the store, Perpetual Poppies and Birch Grove. Woohoo!

8 thoughts on “A Smorgasboard

  1. Your work is beautiful and certainly good enough to submit. I hope you go for it! I also love and am very inspired by your pages and shall take a look at the book you suggest because I've seen this way of working before and it would be good to try itHave a lovely weekendCarolyn

  2. I am so happy to have found you on blogspot! I'm a felter and I love your wrinkled vessels! That's what I love about felt – sculpture and dimension! I'm looking forward to seeing what you found in Richmond and to following you

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