Circles

I finished this doll a little while ago.  She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here.  I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.

 

Circles Cloth doll

Circles
Cloth doll

 

I named her Circles because her jacket is  a circle and because of the pattern in her dress.  I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.

Detail of Face

Detail of Face

The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.

 

Fall Landscape

I finished this watercolour a while ago but never got around to posting it.

Fall-Landscape--watercolour

It’s from a photo I had taken and saved to paint but I forgot to note down where I had taken the picture.  I think it might be a view from Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park.

Maple Sugaring

Here is a recently completed watercolour.

Watercolor -hanging pails

Hanging the Pails

This is from one of my Dad’s old slides.  That is my sister Donna in the background hanging the pails.

Tea Bags

This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.

Art doll recycled components

Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss.  The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.

Face of TeaBag Art Doll

The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.

The doll was made in response to a challenge  presented by All Dolled Up  doll club.

 

Sam

This is about the third try to paint a watercolour portrait of my great-nephew.  I still haven’t got him young enough but this is much better than my previous attempts.
Watercolour portrait of a young boy

Drips and Layers

I had a little fun with painting watercolour on top of paper that had been coated with gel medium.

watercolor on top of gel mediumIn this first one I coated paper from a multi-media sketchbook with Liquitex Matte Medium.  I had planned to use the Gloss Medium but I grabbed the wrong bottle.  After it dried I dripped colour onto the paper and tilted the paper to let it run.  I picked up the colour with a paintbrush from Derwent Inktense Sticks.  The first layer was very pale so I let it dry and then added more colour.  It took several layers to get the colour this intense.  Partway through the process there were two eye-like spaces that I painted in to look like eyes.

watercolur on gel mediumThe second one was done using watercolour paints on watercolour paper (again coated with the gel medium).  The paint didn’t run as easily, I think because of the roughness of the paper.

In addition to allowing the paint to run across the paper more easily, the gel medium also makes it easy to lift off colour and correct mistakes.

Looking at the Falls

A new watercolour based on a photograph I took on a trip to Brazil several years ago.

watercolor of tree lined pathway

Looking at the Falls

My friend Marnie is looking out at Iguassu Falls. We spent a day on the Bazilian side and another on the Argentinian. The falls are magnificent. I will paint them someday.

Red Fox 2

A few weeks ago I posted a watercolour of a red fox and said that I might do it in felt.

Well I did and here’s the result.

Red Fox needle felted portrait

Red Fox

Using the watercolour as a guide certainly helped the process.

Unraveling

One more felted tile for Fibre Fling 5  (next Friday and Saturday).

blue and green 3D felted tile

Unraveling

Warm and Cool Colours

Finished 2 small pieces this week for Fibre Fling 5.  One is done in cool colours, the other in warm.

Needle felted tile in cool colours

Waves

 

3D needle felted abstract in warm colours

Oranges & Lemons

Both are needle felted.

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