Sunday, 30 August 2009

A Little "Quilt" Hanger for Julie


As I have mentioned before I participate in a small "Art of the Month" exchange that involves making a small art piece (can be anything creative) for one other participant and this month it was my turn to make something for Julie.

It was one of those months when inspiration did not come quickly and being away so much with work has interfered with my "flow" but I am happy with my eventual result. Julie loves greens and rusty colours and is a nature lover so I decided to make a little mixed media "quilt". I've used fabrics and papers I have dyed, stamped, sprayed and generally had fun with! One of the layers is a beautiful lace paper that I bought in Melbourne a couple of trips ago (have I ever mentioned how much I love Melbourne???) and it has taken the walnut ink "wash" beautifully. I used a different stitch on my sewing machine to add some variety in the border.

The scalloped layer is a piece of commercial felt to which I have fused and sealed a decorative napkin to which I have added extra colour. The bird collage stamp is from Oxford Impressions. and is stamped on some fabric I dyed and then sprayed with Glitz Spritz and diluted walnut ink. I have then stamped it again on tissue paper and cut out the bird and a few extra bits and applied them on top of the original to make the composition stronger.

I did a bit of experimenting with some freestyle foiling using gold and copper foils and then used black StaZon ink and a brush to tone down the brightness. I am recycling all the twisted paper handles from off those good quality paper bags - I think they make a nice rustic hanger and a change from wire, ribbon or twine.

Now I am off to get organised for my week away...

10 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

It's so beautiful, Debbi. Julie is one lucky lady.
XXX

Aussie Jo said...

The layers look fantastic, this would make a great journal cover design too!!

Val said...

Deb it is just gorgeous. I love the foiled swirly bits and the recycled handle - what a brilliant idea! Love all the layers too, and the paper napkin, and, and .......!

Celeste Santin said...

Wow Debbi, this is lovely. So much has gone into each layer. Lucky Julie.

Anneke said...

this is a very beautiful piece of fabric debbi.
beautiful are the layers

Julie H said...

I couldn't resist sneaking a look... and now I am going to be haunting my mail box at every opportunity - i want to feel the layers. Beautiful Debbi and alreadyu I am choosing the spot to hang it!

Gaby Bee said...

The layers look gorgeous. Beautifully done.

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

hey debbi, i've finished the leaf theme postcard and its even in an envelope with your name and address on it, i just haven't gotten time to get to the post office to send it. but i WILL this week. seriously.

you didn't win my scrap giveaway but thank you for entering. i've included one of my atcs in the envelope to you to thank you for entering the giveaway. thanks!!

Jacky said...

Beautiful Debbi...looks like you've been having fun! Very 'Julie' colours....

Jacky xox

Night Owl Designs said...

Oh I know that feeling well! But you've done a beautiful job Debbi. Love the green!