Friday, May 30, 2008

Last Minute Gift....

Here's a padfolio I made as a gift for one of Sabrina's teachers. I went by one of Sue B's patterns for reference. I hand painted a nice heavy white cotton duck cloth with metallic Lumiere paints. After it dried, I texturized the surface with a nickle paint and hot fixed some Swavroski crystals into the upper right corner. I satin stitched around the whole thing with metallic turqoise thread, sewed a gorgeous glass button to the front for a wrap closure, and added some beads to the bottom of a fancy yarn wrap. The inside is lined with hand dyed turquoise fabric that is a stunning shade. I also painted the top of the little pad inside so it wasn't that yucky red. I painted it with Lumiere paint -- and now it matches nicely. Click on the picture so you can see the glass button and the texture in the cover. Cotton duck cloth is really cool to paint on -- it's stiff, keeps it's shape and doesn't suck in the paint, particularly if you cover it first with a "light" coat of gesso or textile fixative. I think this really came out nicely. I'm thinking of making another one of these for a giveaway -- what do you think???

9 comments:

TracyB said...

I signed up to take Sue's journal making class next week, I can hardly wait!!!

Teresa said...

I love it. What a lucky teacher. You are so talented.

Doreen K. said...

It's beautiful. She should love it.

Cestandrea said...

Beautiful Cathie, lovely, I love the colour and the Svarosky crystals and the big beautiful button. What a great gift!
Hope you and your family are haveing a great weekend, say hello to Ms Sabrina de Bleu:)
love
Andrea

Phyl said...

Why, YES! Of course you should make another of these gorgeous journals, dearie! And send it to me!
Hee, hee.....!!!It's truly beautiful; thanks for sharing........

Noel said...

Wow, love the color. It's a great gift for a teacher...nice touch painting the top of the pad to match too!

Yes, by all means Cathie, you should make another one for a give-a-way...hehehe!

Thanks for sharing on how you made it.

Katie said...

What do I think? I think I should have one! hee hee hee

Pursuing Art... said...

It's just beautiful Cathie! I'm sure she will just love it and your thoughtfulness! ;-)

Fannie said...

Great padfolio, Cathie! Good job! I'm sure you'll make someone happy with a padfolio in a giveaway! Go for it!

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