Monday, January 6, 2014

A couple of collages

I was absent without leave yesterday with a blazing migraine. i found it impossible to even look at the computer screen.  but back on board today.
I have not been posting all of my work from my collage a day challenge, but if you look to the top of the screen, there is a link that will show you a slideshow of all the ones so far.
Today I thought I would just show you a couple that I enjoyed a lot.
This one is made with painted fusible web and I have ironed a little bit of wool roving on the border and the little bit of land.  The sun is a tiny bit of organza.
I used lumiere paint watered down to paint the fusible and you can see the metallic streaks have separated out, which i think is lovely.
This one used some gorgeous batik I bought a few months ago and a piece of black polyester linen-like fabric, which I ripped to create the border.  The focus in the bottom right was the technique I was playing with.  It is a piece of vanishing muslin, which I free machine embroidered then ironed a little.  Vanishing muslin was originally used as an iron away stabiliser, so when you iron it it becomes crumbly and flakes away.  In this case, I just ironed around the edges and a little bit in the middle then scrunched it up to crumble the fabric away.  It gives a great distressed look.
Some of these odd, hard to get things, I get from The thread studio, which specialises in these things.  I subscribe to a product a month with them and each month, I get a sample of something interesting to play with!
This one, which you can see I have started stitching on, was a piece of fusible stabiliser i have ironed pieces of painted nappy liner on to.  I have then done a little free machine scribble and added some circles of red organza.  I now need to add some hand stitching and more organza circles, between the ones already  there, so that the 'poppies' stand up and aren't  so circular and flat.  This is inspired by Gilda Baron who is an english fibre artist.  Her work is amazing and you can read about here here.
I love her work so much and she seems such a lovely person.

Happy creating!