Sunday, March 22, 2009

How Many Projects At Once

Usually I have multiple projects going at once. While the paint is drying on one thing, I'll glue something else and while the glue is drying I'll start sewing, and while I'm sewing a seam and get to the end, I stitch a seam to another project. Yes, it's gets a bit crazy sometimes, all right, most of the time, but that's just how I roll.

The painting on the left is what I imagine a garden would look in Wonderland, as in Alice in Wonderland. The only time I used a paint brush was when outlining the flowers and stems in black. The rest of the painting was created just squirting, blotting and swirling. I really like the effect, but I'm no artist, I just made it for my own little home gallery.

So, while I was working on "Wonderland Posies" I had another canvas next to me that I had painted about a year ago and absolutely hated. So, each time I blotted I wiped the excess paint off on the hated canvas. Then I used some left over muslin to dab the paint puddles because I didn't want to just toss paper and figured I could do something with the painted fabric.
While the canvases dried I was inspired by the crazy fabric I had created and went to work. I drafted a quick purse pattern, which was crazy since I've never made one, but the pieces were small so I thought I'd give it a shot. I used some left over fleece from a blanket for the "batting" and some fabric scraps for the lining and strap.I used the paint splotches as my guide and quilted the bag.

I quilted the strap in the same circular pattern as I did the rest of the bag. I think it came out pretty good for a first attempt and it is completely made of recycled materials, right down to the buttons. This was a lot of fun to make and maybe I'll go for a bigger one next time.

As for the other painting it's still a work in progress.

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