Wednesday, May 30, 2012

spring fiber art

here's a recent piece i created for an art materials supplier to display in their booth at a recent trade show. it's a colorful mix of lutradur, inks, and angelina fibers - wrapped around a wood art board.

the petals are cut from stiff interfacing that i painted with ink blended with glass bead medium. j'aime le printemps!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

a card for another mother

i made this card for my aunt (who's also my godmother) for mother's day. i printed a pic of a succulent that i shot from my mother's yard on to lutradur (pre-treated with a thin coat of pouring medium). nice and simple on some pretty cardstock, with a few dried flower epoxy stickers and a sheer ribbon threaded through a small slot at the side of the card and wrapped around to tie off in the front.

here are the materials i used...enjoy!

Silver J Pressed dried flower self adhesive stickers, epoxy floral sticker, 2 packs
Lutradur Mixed Media Sheet 10-Pack
Liquitex 8-Ounce Pouring Fluid Acrylic Medium Gel
May Arts 1/4-Inch Wide Ribbon, Olive Sheer

Monday, May 21, 2012

mother's day card



this is the card i gave my mom...i made the focal panel by adhering a cluster of torn strips of nylon and silk fabrics on to a piece of sheer organza with fusible web, such a fun effect! i edged a random selection of scrapbook papers with a marker and embellished with a couple of beautiful buttons (click the pic to zoom in).

here are the materials i used...enjoy!

Buttons Galore - Haberdashery Buttons - Classic Retro
Pellon 807 Wonder-Web Fusible Web
Sakura Permapaque Dual Point Paint Marker, Purple/Pink/Orange/Sky Blue
White Mirror Organza Fabric 58"/60" x 1yd

Saturday, May 12, 2012

peace and honor greeting card


these are the japanese symbols for peace...and in japan, the crane symbolizes many wonderful things like honor, loyalty, luck, and hope. i gave this card to my mother for her birthday.

i ran some treated lutradur (brushed with iridescent medium and allowed to dry first) through my inkjet to print it with a photo of the blue granite gravel in my front yard - it's great texture! i cut out a crane shape from it, then fused it with bonash powder in between two layers of ultra-light lutradur. i had tinted the top layer with purple ink that i blended from primary colors, and the bottom layer with yellow ink. i love how the purple fibers pop against the yellow (click the pic to zoom in).

i drew the symbols in position with a purple marker on a piece of white fabric, then fused the lutradur to the fabric (so the ink colors would look brighter) and machine-stitched the crane's wing and an outline around the symbols. i adhered it all to the front of a bright olive greenish-yellow cardstock with craft glue and hand-stitched the border with embroidery floss.

here are the links to the products i used...hover over the link to see more details.

Bo Nash Powdered Fusible Fabric Repair Bonding Agent
Ultra-light Lutradur: For Fiber Arts, Mixed Media & More! 20" X 2 Yds., 25 Gram
Lutradur Mixed Media Sheet 10-Pack
Reeves 30ml Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink Set, Primary Colors
Liquitex Iridescent/Pearlescent Tinting Medium 8 oz.
Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue 4 Oz.
Sakura Permapaque Dual Point Paint Marker, Purple/Pink/Orange/Sky Blue

Friday, May 11, 2012

more artist trading cards


last month, the theme for my local atc group was postage stamps. i broke the rule of using actual stamps and went rogue with squares that looked vaguely stampy. i diecut a page from an old art calendar, so the squares all came out with random textures and colors. i also liked the idea of cutting a tiny slit at the top and bottom of each card to hold the embroidery floss in place.

here are the cool cards from a few of my cohorts who did it the right way :-)
click the pics to enlarge.