Monday, October 6, 2008

Autumn Leaves......

I can't wait to get outside. The weather here in North Carolina has been so beautiful, but with yesterday being the first day I could use my studio again, I just had to stay inside one more day and honor the day by painting with Lumiere in fall colors, before begining the outside chores.

I made this journal (based upon Sue B's padfolio pattern) cover as a runner up prize for the Pink Artists' (Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) charity drawing of the beautiful, Love Squared art doll. In addition to the grand prize of Love Squared, there are tons of cool runner up prizes also made by the Pink Artists. You can take a look by going here.

These padfolios go together relatively quickly, and depending upon how much time you want to put into it by handpainting, beading, embellishing, etc., come together quite nicely.

For this one - I picked out a wild fall batik for the lining, and for the cover, I took some fabric out of the "ugly bag" to paint. (it makes me happy to be able to use ugly fabric by painting over it!)

I painted the cover with Lumiere metallic paint mixed with some acrylic. After it dried, I loaded up a leaf shaped rubber stamp with a ton of paint and stamped it. I really like "loading up" the stamp because it leaves an "imprint," (rather than just stamping on the surface.) I like that additional textural element. Once that dried, I sewed the three sandwiches of outer fabric, Peltex and inner fabric (batik) together with a satin stitch. Once the cover was put together I stitched on a silk leaf I painted with metallic paint, layered that with a bone leaf button, and put a handmade bead on top of that. I then braided some yarn and secured it with a wire laced with beads. I've got a few more in the works wherein I'm piecing the covers, rather than painting - whole cloth.

Today I'm going to switch gears and begin working on Jean's big block applique piece. She picked the Alabama Cotton Boll block to be done in red and green on white. I'm really looking forward to slowing down (physically and mentally) and doing some hand stitching.


Teresa said...

Oh, that is pretty. Someone is going to love it. Perfect first project in your new space.
I love how our motorcycle adventures parallel each other. But really, can't you see any cuteness when you look at that spider? ;)

crooked heart art~tabby said...

hey girl!!
this is gorgeous!!!! yum yum!!
BTW i saw my first ever corgi in person this weekend at the scotish festival (along with a lot of men in skirts :) woohoo!!)
he was a beautiful old guy (the corgi)i fell in love instantly
hope all is well your way
autumn is here in ct-yea!!
enjoy your day

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

my only WISH is to hold this LOVELY in my hands!!! THANK YOU for pouring your heart into BEING PINK this month and for the past few MONTHS ... !!!

Sew happy we are near the FINALE,

all our hard work will finally REWARD Susan G Komen and the CURE.

heart you, Me

3rdEyeMuse said...

Such pretty fall colors, too. I like the design, but your handiwork really brings the journal cover to life. :)

Anonymous said...

lovely. I was thinking yesterday about making a notebook cover - nothing as flash as this - i may reconsider and do some painting.
btw - where does all that ugly fabric come from Im sure i never buy it but my stash is FULL of it.

Vicki W said...

Beautiful padfolio!

Cestandrea said...

Cathie, the journal is so beautiful, I love the paint and I know the feeling of giving ugly fabric a new destiny:)

ACey said...

It's gorgeous here too. Am alternating being outside harvesting herbs and playing here in the work room. In this house it's me who isn't convinced I want to hike the appalachian trail while my husband very much does.

Pursuing Art... said...

Oh's just beautiful! Love the fall colors and the leaves! Someone is going to be very lucky to receive your heart art!

Hugs...~Lisa ;-)

Wurzerl said...

Dear Cathie!!!
You did a great, great work. This is so gorgeous!!! And the colors are so wonderful in this time.
Have a great week Wurzerl

jude said...

this tine of year is sooooo filled with inspiration isn't it? it is supposed to me gorgeous here this weekend. enjoy.

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