Friday, June 15, 2007
Art Card Adventures
Swimming in a new pond. Could not resist that wording - sorry :). Between the EtsyFAST Challenge and the Craftster ATC makers have continued to explore art cards both for trade ATCs (art trading cards) and for sale ACEOs (Art Cards, editions and originals). The ACEO format is great for testing ideas, for showing altered fabric styles; for sharing in a small way fiber art pieces.
The complex fish card uses lots of techniques and materials. It began with altered fabric.
1/ began with base of mottled blue commercial wool felt
2/ punched wool roving into the base using embellisher
3/ heat fused a few odd loose shapes of wool felt and cut bits of wool felt onto the top
4/punched acrylic yarn strips into the conglomeration again using the embellisher
5/heat fused tulle on top
6/free motion stipple stitching with rayon thread
7/ cut shapes (I cut 16 one inch squares for a swap, 1 sized for an art card, 1 for a bracelet, 1 for a picture... you get the idea)
Ocean Fish- art card was further embellished with machine stitching a novely yard to the edges; hand embroidering with perle cotton, and beading. It was then quilted to a plain background rectangle. Phew --- added a cardstock back and finished.
In contrast here is Pond Fish --
Ocean's country cousin. A more simple wool on wool embroidered applique. BUT - ahhhh, the embroidery is done in silk yarn hand dyed by Linda and came from over the ocean and lots of Europe to get here. Which do you like best? For me, the mix, the differences are what makes working with fiber so much fun and so interesting.
Thanks for reading and for visiting here today.