Friday, May 27, 2022

Friday Face Off

It is time once again for the Friday Face Off.  Today, I have two faces to share with you.  One is older and has shown on my blog in times past.  But I love it and wanted to use it for the Face Off also. 

First up is the NEW Face.  This face was made using colored polymer clay so that only minimal painting was necessary to finish it.  I used the idea of a tribal mask as my starting point. Somehow it evolved to have "hair" that looks like the top  of a pineapple - inspired by the green clay that I found in my stash of fun supplies.  Here he is:
I think he is a lot of fun even if it is a bit silly. 

Next up is Morticia, a painted face that evolved as I was resolving an
"Ugly painting" start.  The great thing about painting in Acrylic is that you can 
paint over it until you are happy with it.  Of course, that can also be a downfall.
Morticia is not a lovely lady, but she is proud and unbending. 


As I  said earlier, Morticia started as an "ugly" painting. This was an exercise in an 
online paint along that  I was participating in. 
Below is the original Ugly Painting. Interestingly, it started in landscape orientation. 
But as I was looking at adding it to this post, I realized that by rotating it, 
There was  a face created by the white lines. 

I think this was the first time I realized there was  a face there. 
Would you have ever guessed that Morticia evolved from this piece?

Be sure to visit Nicole's blog:  DVArtist to see the other Face Off participants. 

And if you want to see more about "Morticia"  you can check this post:
"The Progressions of a Painting" 



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mounting Quilt Art

One thing that elevates quilt art to a higher level is  the method by which it hangs.  I have chosen to mount my face series on canvases so that they hang just like a painting.   After adding a fused binding to "The Two Sisters,"  it was mounted on a black canvas - black to match the binding.  This makes it "pop off the wall" in the same way a painting does.  It also allows a standard "picture wire" hanging method. 


The binding was cut with a wavy edged rotary blade and fused into place. It was then sewn down to insure that it remains firmly attached. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, May 23, 2022

The Blocks are Sashed and Joined

In some odd minutes that occasionally went for more than an hour...... I managed to get the "lost and found" blocks sashed and joined into one piece. 

Could the layout have been different?  Sure, but each time I moved one block
I needed to move two more. So I got it in place and started sewing. 
Even with a "careful" layout, one row managed to get scrambled.  This 
was discovered only as I was starting to sew the two halves together.
Seriously,  it looks just fine this way and now I can't tell you which column 
or row is scrambled.  And it really doesn't matter. 

Next up for this one is to decide on outer border/borders fabric and get those
sewn on to finish the top. Then it will either get quilted OR go in the 
"to be quilted" pile - and there are a few there. They taunt me when I 
pass by. One or two were quilt along quilts where I didn't have time
when I finished them to quilt them.  

This quilt will be a nice baby sized quilt. The only parts that really 
call out for special quilting are the squares with solid centers. 


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday Face Off - "Two Sisters"

Welcome to the Friday Face Off hosted by Nicole at DVArtist.  I am happy to present my latest creation. 
The Two Sisters were originally planned to be two single portraits.  But, 
as soon as I had both of the faces created and put side by side, it was 
obvious that they belonged together.  These are a pair of sisters that stick together. 
(slight pun intended - fusible applique/stick together) 
Both of them were laid on individual backgrounds and photos were taken. 
Then I took a photo of both of them on one background.
To be honest, I asked a couple of close friends, but ultimately the decision
was mine and I chose "together" because artistically they just look better 
Together. 

I started by cutting two faces and two necks.  These were two solid colors of fabric 
stacked together. Then a curvy line was cut  down the middle with the small rotary cutter
on the stacked faces.  The necks were done the same way but with a somewhat straighter
line to divide them.  The pieces were swapped and lightly fused together.
Normally, the eyes would be my next step, but I had a piece of fabric that begged 
to be cut into lips. Each lip was cut separately so that they weren't too much alike.
Then I added the eyes and the noses. 
At the point they looked like this:

I think the hair was one of the most fun parts. 
I used a batik for the "That Girl" flip on the left face. Once it was in place,
it clearly needed more color.  Some Derwent Inktense blocks were used to add 
depth and color to the hair on this one. 
The Blue/Green/Aqua hair was a piece of hand dyed fabric that I cut with
a die cutter for some of the pieces.  The other pieces were cut with a pair of 
scissors from Famoré  that are very easy to use for shaping applique pieces. 
I put all the pieces in place and took a photo for reference.  Then I took up 
those pieces and started adding them back one at a time and fusing them in place. 

The clothes were the last addition prior to quilting this.
The necklace on the left is simply tiny quilting lines.
The necklace on the right was painted with irridescent paint, then 
using an ultra-fine Sharpie marker, I outlined each bead for definition. 

I hope my process didn't bore you too much. 

I haven't started the next face yet, but I have a few ideas -(grin.) 

And here is a sneak peek at what is happening with 
those blocks I showed you. 



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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