This bag has traveled a creative journey from a beginning nearly opposite in appearance. Pulled from my completed projects it seemed gawky and unacceptable to my present eye.
Cut apart and laid flat, its makeover has begun….
Paint applied – I used fabric to absorb excess on the tape – nothing wasted!
First mask removed
Brush handle as paint applicator. (A sheet of glass is laid over neutral fabric on my work surface.)
Big mistake! Slapping paint without much thought. I sensed it immediately, but I finished all the way across knowing that mistakes can lead to good things. Later, after a little masking, I hid the yellow with more paint.
I had recently carved a flower stamp so I grabbed that and laid it on using black.
A day or so later I sanded lightly to expose hints of the yellow, bring it out as texture and soften the colors a bit. I added more black to the design.
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Cardholder with tie
A light box or even your window on a bright day comes in handy for transferring designs.
I had grabbed a paper with printing on it for my graphite sketch so it was hard to see. I defined the lines Continue reading
Painted burlap printed with wheat.
Free hand stitching to black interfacing.
A random pick of nature seemed appropriate to decorate this simple burlap bag. Continue reading
Finally! It seemed I needed to show the result of this project in order to move on here and break my long silence.
I feel wordless every day for the past month (well, as far as my Blog is concerned!) so will simply post this photo of the finished denim wallet project. Available in my Etsy Shop. SOLD
Sometimes the beginnings are simply the availability of materials. I hate to waste! This paint is on my home office walls but it does not look like this at all. Color can be such a mystery. It is a dark blue but it usually looks green. (I do love green but it was not my intention. I will repaint when my home project list shortens up a bit. You didn’t expect an artist to have a clean sink, did you?)
I soaked the cheesecloth in diluted paint and laid it on the canvas with no expectations. I impulsively decided to use it without further development. (Seems like I said that same thing not too long ago!) I fused the canvas to high quality decorator chintz, grabbed painted blue denim for the zipper top and proceeded to construct the bag. It was stiff and difficult to work with but I switched to my trusty old commercial Bernina and all went well. I consulted my salvage drawer for cords and found some I had saved from fabric sample books. I couldn’t quite remember how to do a 4-strand braid. The braid book – although beautiful – required a bit more concentration than I was willing for. So I did a quick internet search and made notes on my hand as to which strand went where. I can remember it for awhile again.
Braiding the zipper pulls -Second strand over first, 3 over 4, 2 over 3. That’s how it goes!
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