Nature in progress

Have been working on some nature themed pieces lately…

here’s the pieces as they were developed.

Check out the pages on further techniques or post any queries.

Outlined in fabric marker lightly and then black merino was secured on outline

beginning filling in the main colours and a few highlights

main colours completely set out, and a few hints at detail, but many strands are still loose and need to be tidied up and secured.

Lots of it secured, tidied etc and the sewing machine has been applied in areas to add an alternative texture and point of interest.

close up of sewing and the blue fuschia, the blue was chosen to add contrast and a focus to the symetry of the piece.

Framed in a box frame

second fuschia piece.. developed as the first piece..

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BATIK PINBOARD

I’ll be adding to this soon, but here’s the HOW TO on the first one

TO MAKE THIS 

YOU WILL NEED..

wax pot (insert)
 
(or double boil like chocolate but these pots will only be usefull for wax and EXTREME CAUTION is required)

hog hair (wax) and acrylic brushes (dye)

dyes (see how to make…https://ewesir.wordpress.com/tag/dye/ )

lots of newspaper / newsprint

iron

and all the materials for making a notice board in previous post https://ewesir.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/notice-board-easy-peesie/

ONE

TRACE IMAGE..you can see the drawing underneath in this image

CONSIDER WHERE YOUR LINES WOULD BE SO THEY CROSS OVER WHERE YOU WANT THEM

TWO

WAX EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KEEP THE COLOUR OF THE FABRIC

CRACK THE WAX IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE DYE INTO THE CRACKS

THREE


I PAINTED IN THE DYE AS THERE IS SO LITTLE AREA TO BE DYED.

I BLED DIFFERENT DYES INTO THE PIECE.

I HAD USED NON-PERMANENT MARKER FOR THE OUTLINE WHICH BLED ALSO.

FOR THE CRACKS..I PAINTED THE DYE OVER THEM AND SCRUBBED INTO THEM WITH MY BRUSH

FOUR

sandwich the finished piece between newspaper

iron out until all the wax is gone..

keep changing the newspaper and use enough to protect your iron and board,

if the iron starts smoking..it’s because wax has transfered to the plate of the iron or it’s setting is releasing water.

FINALLY

staple all together as in earlier post.

PLACE RIBBON WHERE TELEPHONE WIRE WOULD BE.

Alternate Versions

excuse any bits and pieces sticking out..must add backing and secure tomorrow..

close up

“Lucy Homemaker”

8in embroidery round hoop

8inch embroidery hoop

“Converse”

“Blue Magpies”

6inch plastic embroidery hoop

FOUND A FANTASTIC TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THESE HOOPS SO HERE IS THE LINK

http://sunshineandcarousels.blogspot.com/2011/08/embroidery-hoop-pinboard-tutorial.html

Merchandising – well starting it anyway

I have decided to start considering some sort of merchandising/packaging/labels and business cards.

Not that I have to stick to something immediately, but i want to begin exploring putting my stamp on all aspects of the product.

this is final labels  page but couldn’t save as jpeg  .  Based on this image below.

Look bland but I intend to print onto custom paper and stitch into pieces or add blotches of paint etc.

Looking forward to messing around anyway!

Starter ideas for packaging…. simple and quick (it’ll get better i promise!)

 

and finally how framing looks….

I really like this but I want to consider how captions are handled…perhaps with a stamp?