Thursday, October 13, 2011

Text Painting for my Foyer using Pan Pastels

I have finally completed this project that I've been slowly working on.  In our new house, we have an odd round niche in the foyer that needed decorating.  I knew I wanted some art work on the wall, but I didn't want a collage of smaller items.  So I created a 4 panel painting on canvas panels that could work on the rounded wall we have in our foyer.  I used the same method for this painting that I used on my first one.  You can read about that technique here. I was pleased with how the finished product turned out.  Sorry the photo is dark (we still need to install a light in the foyer!)

It became a piece about my husband and the beginnings of our relationship and marriage.  Then I included some things from our current life, like our two daughters.  This was a poem that I gave to my husband, back when we started dating.  There's a lot of detail and texture that you can't really see in these photos, but you can see my doodles that I did in a gray PITT pen.
I love how the panels turn the curve!  So, that's it.  And I'm stoked how it turned out, and I want to thank Alisa Burke for inspiring me to make it :)

In other news, I am supposed to be getting a new studio here soon!  I will let you know as soon as we start construction!  Yay - I'm excited, and anxious for it to start, as I agreed to do a show in March and need to get making some sculptures!!

Hope everyone is well!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A little craft for the baby's room

First of all, I wanted to say Thanks for the comments on the last post.  I was wondering if anybody would read my post, since I've been posting so intermittently! I'm still lurking around Blogland when I get time :)

So, I have seen a variety of these around on the web and in person, and I've always loved how they looked!  And so easy too - just right for a busy mom of two (like myself!) I decided to make some for the baby's room and I'm so glad I did.  It is a great project that you can stop and start when you need to run off in a different direction all the times, like I do.

I got on Etsy and bought lots of awesome fabric, to get me inspired to drag out my ancient sewing machine.  It worked.  I headed to Michael's and bought these embroidery rings in various sizes and some white felt.  I already had some pink thread so I knew I was ready to get started.

I steamed out the wrinkles in the fabric, and cut out the letters out of the white felt.  After cutting the fabric down to size, I pinned the letter on to the fabric and got to sewing in a zig zag line.  I wanted to use my free motion foot for the sewing machine, but of course, I can't find it after moving.  I guess it's still in a box somewhere.  So I used the regular foot on my machine and for the most part it worked just fine.  The hardest letter to do was the "e" since the whole letter is basically made up of curves :)

After I stitched on the letters, I inserted it into the ring, making sure to get the little tightener knob at the top of the letter.  I then used a glue gun on the back side of the ring and glued down the excess fabric to the inside of the ring.

All done!  I just put a little nail in the wall and hung the tightener on that.  Simple!

Hope everyone is doing well, and I promise to start blogging again more frequently.  The baby is already 7 weeks old!

Happy October!