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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Fish For Olivia on: March 09, 2011 06:36:54 AM

I'm sure you'll agree that one of the most enjoyable sources for artistic inspiration is children. This piece was created for one of my granddaughters. Anything with color and imagination enthralls her. I hope she always keeps that excitement and learns to create her own works of art.

This is simply a fabric mosaic. It's not a difficult process. The individual pieces are heat bonded to a background fabric. Just dream up a subject matter and start cutting...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Eden's Promise on: November 23, 2010 03:50:41 PM

Landscapes fascinate me whether they be golden deserts, tropical beaches, or a serene garden. Of course, my favorite element, water, has to be present as well. For me, water completes the landscape and transforms it into a paradisaical garden.

The waterfall was the most difficult element to bring to life. Water is so full of energy and movement and that is not always easily portrayed.  Trying to achieve both a solid and transparent feel to the flow of water was important too.

I hope you enjoy viewing Eden's Promise which is a Fabric Mosaic.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tutorial - Winsome Windows - Fiber Mosaic on: November 19, 2010 11:56:57 AM

Winsome Window is, a piece designed around what one might see from their window. It's in our nature to seek out views that please our senses and give us a feeling of contentment. We accomplish the same thing inside our homes with color, style and art choices.

To start, I always assemble some fabrics and spread them out like a painters palette.  If something doesn't fit, I'll toss it and throw in another choice. I won't necessarily use all these fabrics, but it gives me a place to start. I might even add to this palette array throughout the whole process. Sometimes these stacks can get pretty big. Smiley

I was very happy to find these small motifs in my fabric stash. They looked like little windows and had a nocturnal feel that would allow me to use lots of fun colors to create contrast. To add to that color fun, I switched from my usual black background fabric to this beautiful splash of wine.

There is no one place to start your mosaics. I'll start anywhere that draws me first, in one of the four corners, and sometimes in the middle, like this example. Since my windows were cool, darker shades without a strong light source, I decided that I would create a center light, giving the impressions that the whole work was gently kissed with soft light.

I like to mix up the size and shape of my mosaic cuts. You don't have to do it this way, you can use all the same size and shape, if you like. Whatever creates beauty in your eye, is what's right in your artwork. The color contrast between the wine and cyan, and between the yellow/gold and blues is what makes this piece cohesive and interesting. Each of these colors plays off the other. Not that most people will notice, but these little guys are having more fun than they should...

I know you probably think I'm a little crazy, but my art has a mind of it's own, and left to their own devices, some of these mosaic cuts might decide they would rather be in some other design. To prevent that from happening, I like to box them in, frame them so that they will understand that this is home. It works for me, and they don't complain too much.

I hope you've been inspired to make a mosaic of your own. The process is simple, as you've seen.

    * Collect some fabric pieces
    * Apply a heat bonding element to the back ( I use Wonder Under)
    * Cut and arrange a few at a time and iron them into place. I use a very small tack iron until I'm finished, and then iron the whole piece with my regular iron to make sure it has a good bond.
    * If it helps, sketch a few guidelines on your background fabric with a light colored pencil. Be sure to cover the line with your mosaic pieces.
    * This piece measures 16 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, but you can start much smaller.

COLORCRAZED  http://colorcrazedart.blogspot.com/search/label/Tut-Winsome%20Windows
Artist: Lynda Coker

Copyright Notice: All artwork is copyrighted. Do not reproduce, copy, print, or distribute without written permission.

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