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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: May 28, 2016 05:43:07 PM
Wulf, I love the seedling with the big tree behind it, like a ghost of its growth potential. Brilliant! I hope SonjaBoo is doing OK - I'll go ahead and post the flag I sent to her as well.

The flower and curlies are reverse applique, and it has a kind of stained glass effect when viewed with light shining through.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Beyonc Stencilled/Freehand-Painted Concert Tee! on: May 21, 2016 05:58:25 PM
This is incredibly well done!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bowie record clock on: May 21, 2016 05:56:16 PM
I love how this came out - and I don't think I noticed in the swap gallery that there are letters at the top of be bead strings. What a great touch!
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Valley Hare on: May 20, 2016 01:47:32 PM
Wow that is gorgeous! I am also amazed!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: A hedgehog. Cause there's never too many hedgies. on: May 20, 2016 01:01:57 PM
Oh my gosh this is so cute! I love how you've posed the hoop and flower in the picture as well.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted Background Tutorial on: May 20, 2016 10:49:05 AM
I can't see the pictures either, but it sounds like a fun process.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Oh darling Chickadees, how I love you so! on: May 13, 2016 05:56:29 PM
These are beautiful, and I love how you mounted them!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Little birdie in the rain - collage painting on: May 13, 2016 09:22:22 AM

blupaisan and I took a collage painting class together - she made this lovely lady while I created this springtime scene.

I found some great handmade papers to use for the branch and foliage that gave me a nice soft texture. And the black parts of the bird are all tissue paper.

The background papers are from an old french book that a local teacher was giving away - I loved the look of yellowed pages. The edges of the canvas are also black tissue paper, kind of like a frame.

Most of what you see is paper layered over a base painting. The paint shows through a bit in places, but it was mostly a guide for where I should lay my colored papers. Here is just the paint layer before I started collaging.

You can see up there a printout of my reference picture - photo of a prothonotary warbler by Paul Jones on flickr.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery on: May 08, 2016 04:53:34 AM
Since both my flags have been received, I'll share the one I made for myself - Create!

It's made from a vintage linen hankie, beads, bent wire, and thread. The finished product may look a bit simple, but I really like it. And I didn't want to crowd out that lovely old lacework!

All three of my flags from this swap together! I think they go together so well.

Thanks for a great swap everyone, and for starting me off on prayer flags!
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Wisteria over the garden fence - Collage on: May 04, 2016 06:33:34 PM
I made this as part of a collage painting class last fall! It was a very fun experience. (In fact I took it again this spring with blupaisan - I still need to post that finished project, but seeing as how I'm just now posting this one from October, you might have to wait a bit!)

The flowers are made from painted pages (text and plain), some fancy handmade and tissue paper, and some fabric at the back.

White papers are from an old Shakespeare collection (these are all from The Tempest if I remember correctly), and the dark text I saved from a gift bag years back. This is why I have trouble getting rid of things, because sometimes I'll find a use for one thing in twenty!

I also put some lace down the rails, and up the sides.

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Thanks for checking it out!
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