Friday, December 02, 2022

Friday Face Off Dec. 2, 2022

Too much fun? It could be that making these quilted faces IS too much fun for me.  I keep experimenting with the "what if's" of faces.  My first thought is "How can I make this one different?"  I love it when they seem to have personalities.  I think this lady has some personality. 

You may have seen this background in a previous post. I decided to see if I could make it work with the face. So the colors were chosen to work with the background. 
There was one on the righthand side that was "fighting" with the face. 
It was distracting!
So I decided to use a bit of paint to mute it and make it work better. 
I think it worked nicely. 

The face drawing in the next section I have used in the Face Off previously.
But I had to share this observation.

I was looking through some photos that I had taken while ushering at a concert.  (I only take photos at the concerts on rare occasions.)  When I saw first one of these pictures and then a picture of one of my drawings.  The drawing was long before the photo, but there is clearly a strong resemblance, don't you think?  
I don't think it was a psychic flash, just a neat coincidence.  

I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday Face Off

Welcome to the Friday FaceOff for this week.   I will start with a confession.  I have been sick with a mystery bug (not covid, I tested.)  When I feel badly it is difficult to create.   The spirit is willing but the body is resistant.    
Luckily I had put together this face a week or so ago and never have shown it.    My plan was to use up some almost useless scraps for as much of it as possible.  None of these pieces had fusible on the back of them.  Rather,  I layered a piece of batting under a sheet of Steam-a-Seam 2.  This fusible is sticky making it easy to work this way.  Of course I went about it the WRONG way.  I created the face first and then added the background.  That meant that when a piece touched the face, the edges had to be tucked under the edges of the face.  
There was a bit of careful lifting to be sure that the fabrics didn't fray.  

Looking at the photo, I can see that this is not quite finished.  The eyes are lacking pupils and highlights. Ah well, that will be an easy fix as I draw in the pupils with a black sharpie and then use a spot of white paint for the highlight.  If  I felt better, I would just go add it and take a new photo. 
Hopefully I can do that and share the corrected version in a few days. 
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I couldn't stand not fixing it.  So here is the face with the eyes finished. It amazes me how much that tiny bit adds a spark of life to the face. 



I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Playing with Scraps - Time for Fun

When I pull out the barely useable scraps for play time, it is always fun.   On Sunday I pulled out this pile of scraps and a 12x12 inch piece of Steam-a-Seam 2 for play time. 
The first thing I do is stick one side of the fusible to a square of batting that is the same size.  So you know,  this is a sticky fusible that you can temporarily stick fabric to.  Then when you press it with steam it sticks more permanently.   Then, I peel off the other piece of release paper and it is play time. 
Fabric pieces are adhered in a semi-random manner until all of the surface is covered.  There are some edges that overlap other pieces -those edges are loose and not "stuck" in place. 

Then when I am happy with the coverage, and think it looks okay,  it is time to press it with steam. 
After steaming and then dry pressing it,  to the sewing machine we go!  I do some free motion sewing to secure all of the edges. 
Take 1

And then I have to turn it all directions and see what I like best. 

Take 2

Take 3

Now the big question is this:  Do I use one of these as a finished piece?  OR Do I use it as a background for one of my faces?????
Yes folks, the struggle is real.  I always have a hard time with decisions.  I like all three of these (the 4th orientation was a quick "no" from me.  Honestly, I look at Take 1 AND Take 2 and see that I could do a few things and make this into two faces in profile.   Take 3 says "abstract landscape" to me. 
What do y'all think? Help a guy with this. (((grin)))


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday Face Off

This week I have worked on another clay face just because I had a moment when I wanted to process some polymer clay.  Working the clay with my hands to soften it is great for stress relief. (No worries, it had just been "one of those days.")  

Once my hands were in the clay it was easy to just go with it and make a face.  I had no plan but I did play with sculptural elements in the hair??hat?? whatever!  Then I had fun painting that part. 

This one looks a bit dismayed or distressed doesn't it?  
Ah well, I don't know the story behind it. 

In other news, I have been working on a song since at least June of this year. 
This week, something magical happened and it just came together. 
(

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. -- Pablo Picasso

)

So I am sharing the song with you.  
You can either watch the video below
OR 
Go to SoundCloud and hear the more professional sounding version. 

YouTube Version
I am linking up with  DVArtist for the Friday FaceOff.
  Clicking the link will take you to her blog.  It is great fun
 to see how various people interpret the challenge.


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


Comments are welcomed. I will reply when possible. Of course if you are a "No Reply Blogger"- I can not reply. Links in comments will result in the entire comment being deleted.