Monday, July 19, 2010

Latest creations

The Helensvale ATC swap occurred on Sunday and I managed to get my ATCs sent to Pam on time who looks after my trades, due to the fact that I no longer live in Queensland to swap in person.  This month's theme was "Aussie Slang" and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  Here's my take on the theme.  I attempted to do the "faux tin-type" technique, but it hasn't quite turned out how I wanted as the xyron sort of created bubbles when I stuck the transparency to the foil underneath.  All the same, hopefully everyone will still like them.

Sparrow's Fart = Dawn in Aussie language!

I was going to join the Stained Glass swap through ATC World, but left it too late and was concerned the cards wouldn't turn up before the deadline.  I had fun having a play though.  I did the outline in Leadlite and the colours are with Glasslite (Glass paint).  It was fun to try something different.

Stained Glass Technique - Tree

At the beginning of this year I joined the Alice in Wonderland Challenge through PaperArts Yahoo Group.  With the move to Sydney I'm really behind on creating my pages, but here's what I've created so far.  I'm really enjoying the challenge and am even more happy that I only need to create 1 page and I get to keep them.

The White Rabbit
The Red Queen
The Red King

"It is a very funny thing about life - if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it." W. Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, Novelist and Playwright

Saturday, July 3, 2010

A different creative adventure ...

Saturday 19th June saw me spend the day at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour.  I caught public transport for the first time since moving back to Sydney and was at the fair just as the doors were opening.  I was like a bat out of hell running up and down the aisles in an attempt to find Wendy Bailye's Felt Studio stand, as I was adamant to get into one of her workshops and have a go at felting.  I made it and was booked in to make a scarf and a felt rose.

I also really wanted to do the Japanese Owl workshop, but by the time I got to the stand to book in, the class was already full.  I did, however, skulk around while the students were making their owls and have the technique firmly in my mind to create some of my own.

The time spent with Wendy Bailye and her team was incredibly rewarding.  After 2.5 hours I came away with lots of knowledge, a beautiful scarf and a rose ... and a bag of woollen fibre to put my new skills to practice at a later date.

For some reason, I wasn't sure if felting would be my thing ... how wrong I was.  The practice of placing the woollen and silk fibres into patterns onto the silk scarf and then the unhurried practice of rolling the silk and felt together whilst chatting to the other ladies was almost therapeutic.  Wendy and her team were all wonderfully patient with us and provided the proper techniques to produce a good quality output.

I had a fantastic time at the show and was so happy to have finally had a go at a different creative technique.

Here's the scarf ... no photography awards here!
A close up of some of the detail - a felt flower with silk fibres on top.
More of the detail - some swirls.
My felt rose - the 2 back layers are on black felt with red, grey & black fibres on top & the middle layer is on red felt with black & grey fibres on top.

"I cross all bridges with joy and ease. The "old" unfolds into wonderful new experiences. My life gets better all the time."