I've finished titivating the six mini, allotment inspired, abstract landscapes
and I thought I might share one a day over the next six days
(Saturday to Thursday)
this one is called "the emerald allotment"
the base consists of a stiff Vilene layered with torn papers and cut and ripped fabrics
distressed papers and hand painted papers are perfect for this technique
(use your gelli plate samples)
after securing the pieces (I will explain on Saturday)
more colour can be added with paints, oil pastels, gilding flakes etc.
then use your sewing machine or hand stitches to further secure the pieces
you do all that before cutting up your piece to make smaller pieces to work on ...
the emerald allotment has pieces of silk and hand dyed fancy yarns
metallic organza, a bit of old cross stitch of a bee hive
papers painted with gold acrylics, little pieces of fabric
and some "emerald" jewels ripped from an old top I had
I love close up photos of stitched details
you can see the zigzag machine stitching (variegated metallic thread)
french knots, gold stitches and beads
the metallic textures near the "emeralds" are gilding flakes glued on and burnished
really ... you can use just about anything you wish on your pieces
so long as you can secure it on with glue or stitch
this is where doing things in order is important
and here is it ... finished I think!
(knowing when it's finished is instinctive but very personal)
I've been thinking about offering a little tutorial on this abstract technique
which is suitable for beginners upwards and has endless possibilities
the technique is a lot of fun because you work on one abstract piece
and then cut it up into as many little pieces as you wish
at the end ... the pieces are suitable for framing or stitching to small canvases
or can be made into art cards or glued in your sketchbook
on Friday I will give a list of materials to gather
ahead of the tutorial which I hope to post next Saturday
tomorrow ... "the beekeeper's allotment"