It was in January 2016 that I started a little project to challenge my mixed media skills. The task was to create one art tag each month, including hand embroidery of course.
Instead of only keeping a process diary in my sketchbook, I decided to share my project with all interested in mixed media and textiles. Initially, I created a separate blog for the project but transfered it here now.
So below are the tags I created during the summer months of the year.
JULY ART TAG: BE LOYAL
Life is not only black and white – and certainly not all pink!! Being loyal doesn’t mean to agree with everything another person thinks, says or does; but it means to accept the person how he/she is and to stand by him/her even when he/she makes a mistake…
To hexies in this piece are hand sewn; I downloaded a template, printed it on cardboard, cut the shapes out and wrapped fabric around them. The technique is called “English paper piecing”. You can find a tutorial here: thezenofmaking.com
The purple traces on the light blue fabric are a kind of “frottage”: I put fabric on a tree bark and rubbed wax crayon onto it; thus the purple traces are tree bark traces!
AUGUST ART TAG: BY THE SEA
It’s hot! I like to take the box of found shells out and dream of a deep dive into the sea in Tuscany…
The “sand” has three layers:
- the blue background fabric
- looooong running stitches in a sandy color
- an applied piece of mesh net ususally used as a table decoration
And now I am off to take a swim!…
SEPTEMBER ART TAG: ENJOY THE WARMTH
The leaves slowly begin to change colors… but it is still warm and the light is soft and golden…
The cute wooden frame used in this piece is designed by eWoodStory and sold in their Etsy shop. I love these tiny frames! They are just perfect to fill with miniature art.
For french knots I have a passion… you can add texture and pattern with them. Try using variegated floss for french knots!