Friday, March 21, 2014

Use What's Available

Lighthouse, March 2014
Stamped image on acrylic paper, 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"

Sometimes I like to use what's available to make a piece. This scene is made with a stamp called "Lighthouse" (#80158) by Stamps Happen, Inc.. I added the color with Prismacolor water color pencils, cut the picture into 1 inch squares, used Distress Stain (Vintage Photo) on the edges, and mounted it on 2 pieces of cardstock. It's a simple way to make an illustration to use on a card, for example. Not as nice as an original work, but fun. Having fun is important. I think we miss some of the fun if we are very strict with our art. I'm thankful for each day I get to wake up and enjoy the day.


Leaf Mosaic, March 2014
Cotton fabric, 9" x 12"

This piece, too, is made by using what's available. The leaf design is from Laundry Basket Quilts (Silhouettes).  It's a laser cut, fusible shape for appliqué (6 batik leaves of various sizes in the envelope). I ironed the leaf to a piece of batik, cut it into 1 inch squares (what else...?) and appliquéd the piece to a brown cotton fabric with my sewing machine. I added buttons from "the jars".  The piece is backed with the same gold toned batik cotton.

3 comments:

jeanottosen said...

Wish you had a like button on your post Karen! I've been following along and I really like your creativity, colour and design sense! Thanks for providing me with inspiration.

jeanottosen said...

Thanks for writing your blog Karen. I follow and love your creativity, colour and design sense. Thanks for inspiring me. :)

K Gaskin said...

Thanks for following along. I also follow your work. I enjoy reading about your successes and seeing your beautiful work.