Monday, January 18, 2010

good weekend


It was a very productive weekend, artwise and even made a little headway in the studio mostly sorting through older pieces, UFOs and "wonder whys". Not making any firm decisions about what  next for these things but getting much of it ready for storage. My empty nest will be fully restocked come march and my overflow studio has been returned to it's original state as a guest room.


Jim hung "Shell Vapors" over the fireplace yesterday. It was at risk of  damage up against the wall in the studio. There's been a dreary mock-Turner print hanging there forever and this was a welcome change of pace.  I keep looking at and smiling.  

I was rummaging in the studio looking for a particular piece of a fabric that I made last summer with no success. It was late in the day when I realized that it was up there over the fireplace. I had forgotten that I used it.

I also made a find at Michael's getting 50% off  on some canvases to mount some of the recent things. I know I promised a tutorial for doing this but my time was short and I got three of them nailed down before I recalled that I was supposed to documenting the process. Really the only hard part about all of this is the will to sacrifice a piece of cloth that you might have spent hours stitching by hand.  Well, sacrifice might be a bit strong - it's not like you're feeding it into a shredder but glued fast to a canvas with white glue and then saturated with matte medium & water mixed 50/50 is a radical change. I recommend a test piece before you commit something beloved. You may hate the results. Me, I'm tickled.  

7 comments:

jude said...

i must admit i had doubted this technique, but i really like the piece i bought, it still looks like cloth. with a twist.

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

I can't actually imagine how that technique must look/feel like...

Sweetpea said...

...just can't seem to grasp the concept of this mounting technique, but it intrigues me. I would love to have a new way to display my small felted pieces. The idea of canvas backing is appealing yet I can't figure out how the attachment works... I will keep my fingers crossed for your *tutorial.*

Thank you!

arlee said...

the colours look quite saturated and the texture enhanced --i too would like a feel :}

Kaye Turner said...

And me! I'm intrigued too. One day I might dare to have a go...

tiedyejudy said...

My only concern about the piece over the fireplace is that it might get dirty from smoke... but it looks great there! And I'm adding your mounting technique to my 'things to try' board so I don't forget! I like how your look mounted that way!

Phyllis said...

Now you can look at your art everyday instead of someone that you never met, although I do like Turner too.

Your technique sounds intriguing, but I would guess, too, that doing a sample first is a good idea. The one you did is fabulous. I could stare at it for hours and never tire of seeing it.