Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
Well over a year ago, the Texas chapter of SAQA put together a touring exhibit called "A Texas Experience," which was very well received. The regional reps decided it would be a good opportunity to try it again! I decided to have my original piece, "One Riot, One Ranger," sent back, as it already has a home, and make a new 12 x 12" piece.
I knew that I wanted to use up some scraps of my hand-dyed fabrics that were just too pretty to throw away.
I dumped my scrap bag out on the floor and started laying out some strips until something came together:
I messed around with it some more and then layered and pinned the strips on to a piece of Cut-Away Plus stabilizer.
I decided to use Sulky polyester invisible thread to stitch down the layers, so the stitching lines
wouldn't detract away from the layered strips.
I switched back and forth between the clear and smoke threads to blend in as much as possible.
I'm very pleased with how the top turned out! I even like the raw, raveling edges!
This is a very different style for me, but I enjoyed pushing the boundaries and not having such a rigid plan.
I had to just work with what I had! ;)
Next post, I'll finish it up for you to see!
I have never been a fan of resolutions....why wait until the New Year to make a change? However, I am a firm believer in setting goals for each new year. I enjoy the feeling of striving for something!
So, for 2016, I have set some creativity goals for myself:
~Be creative everyday. It could be a doodle session, or sitting down and creating a new piece of art, but something has to happen. Even if it is for just a few moments.
~Master some new-to-me hand embroidery stitches.
~Watercolors weekly. I'm going to commit to getting my paints and brushes out at least once a week and painting!
~Experiment with embellishments. I want to try out some paper clay and beading on my new art pieces.
~Continue down the printing path. I enjoy the printmaking process, and want to push my techniques further.
What are your goals for the New Year?
Have you made any creative goals?
Maybe it's time to take a class, either online or in person.
Maybe you need to fan your feathers a bit and try something new!
Find a way to get creative and stay creative every day!
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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