First up, gratuitous cute cat photo. What to do with a cat, little feral Sparky, who wants to help make art in the painting studio? Put a plastic bin with an old towel inside it on the painting table – Happy Cat!
In the spirit of having some fun, I started off the week with some wax, screenprinted tissue paper, and twig assemblages. They are in a holding pattern for now as I see if using gel medium to secure the tissue paper was a good idea or not.
Juried invitationals are such a mixed blessing. You never know if all your hard work to a specific size is going to pay off and you really can’t share any of the work in advance. My solution is to make a work of art about something different than my current series and something about which I have very strong feelings. First step, of course, is a little research.
One of the very easiest way to do large lettering is to iron MistyFuse on the back of a fabric, trace letter stencils on the non-shiny side of freezer paper, iron the freezer paper to the fabric, and cut out the letters. I love this fabric. It was painted and then stenciled with a cardboard coffee sleeve.
And, keeping with the mandate of keeping the artwork secret until jurying, here is the last component of the artwork I’m going to share. It’s Lutradur painted in shades from orange to peach with a little bit of red to raspberry. I thought pale, pale yellow would also be good, but no. Let’s just say this artwork is a lot more fiddly than I’m usually inclined to work and it will involve a fair amount of hand stitching.
*Please join me as I run the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer on January 15, 2014. Our goal: $5000 for the American Cancer Society.