Saturday, January 3, 2009
This plea is totally separate from my "Inspired" post below (HELP: Would everyone who sews on paper, paper with batting, plastic, etc. please tell me what size & type needle and thread you use! PLEASE. I have broken "metallic sharps, and embroidery needles today so far; and sulky rayon threads keep shredding!!! I NEED HELP!!!!) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ******************** People are choosing words (one or two) for their new years incentive. Mine, I've decided will be "Inspired". It's the outcome of what I want to accomplish. To be inspired. An easy task given all the fine art I see daily on blogs here, and in the art magazines I buy and/or subscribe to. I want to continue to be inspired as I then think I will act on that inspiration and create. Today I took out colored pencils and colored some of my Lyntangle/Zentangle. It is so relaxing to do this. And I really like the results. I like it not colored too. My new Cloth Paper Scissors magazine arrived in the mail! I got inspired almost immediately and ran with the suggestion for using recycled materials in a project. I followed instructions for creating fabric using recycled plastic grocery bags. You cut off the handles and bottoms, open them up spread out and stack four bags like this on top of each other. Place them on paper, and add another sheet of paper on top, then iron for 30 seconds in a spot on a medium heat until the bags fuse together. Some will burn if you hold it too long...and that can be cool too...makes holes. Then I painted using acrylics on top of the fused plastic fabric. After the paint dried I did some top motion sewing. I broke one needle going over some of the bumpy areas. Oops. I have no plan on this. I am just letting it evolve as I go. But I had wanted to make something using recycled materials and this pushed me to learn a new way to do that. It may all be a practice piece or it may evolve into more. Time will tell. I have no idea what it is, but I like how it looks! The mail also contained this lovely ATC by and from Fionie in Australia, a member of the Around the World in 20 Quilts group I belong to. Thank you Fionie, it's really pretty. It's called "Hello Sunshine". It feels so shiny and good to the touch as well.