Fiber Crafts, Off The Page

Something Different but Special

Hello everyone.

Today I am here to share with you something different because it was created on a medium I don’t usually work with. But special because I was creating it for a very special friend of mine.

This is Carole and she is a wonderful and talented artist who has decided to break out and sell her items and also do paint and sip classes. Carole mentioned that she would be needing an apron for her classes and I was prompted by God to make her a special one just for her. I wasn’t sure what to put onto her apron; several ideas came and went but then I was asked by Carole to follow her art Facebook page called – Be Bold and Create. Then I knew, these were the words to use because they would suit all of her creative pursuits.

Now I don’t usually work on fabric but I do work on canvases so I was brave and went ahead with my creation. To make the lettering so that the words were bold and I didn’t have to cut them out by hand. I used my Cricut machine to cut some letters out of vinyl then I placed them onto the apron and rubbed over them really thoroughly to make sure they wouldn’t move. During some of my craft space cleaning, I found some fabric markers and this is what I used to make the colourful background. All I knew was that I should make it bright and colourful because that is Carole’s personality so I just kept on adding colour until all the letters were surrounded. I carefully peeled each of the letters off and then following the directions on the marker packet I heat set the design with my iron.

Carole was really touched by this handmade gift and the reasons behind it all. I wanted her to have something with her as she bravely goes forward with this new chapter in her life. As I believe this new adventure of hers is going to lead her to many new places and she will be able to connect with many new people while sharing her incredible talent.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at this different post of mine. But I wanted to share this project (after I got Carole’s permission) as it is definitely something different for me.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.

Cards and Craft, Challenge Entry, Off The Page

Laughter Imagination Dreams

Hello Everyone. The project that I have to share with you today is a little bit different. I love making cards and I love using sketches but I have started getting into art journaling and mixed media. So when a challenge came up from Just Add Ink I checked if they accept off the page creations – and they do 🙂

This is a close up of my final piece. Because the influences for this piece also came from a card sketch that I had been creating as a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

So which elements did I chose from the Just Ink Challenge – well you could say I chose all 3. But I would mainly say flower and paper. The flowers are made out of an old book which I stamped the flower image onto and then cut out with my small scissors. The leaves I drew freehand in pencil before cutting them out.

I roughly figured out where I was going to place the flowers and painted some black flower outlines with black acrylic paint and then I edged each with a white acrylic pen. I glued all of the elements down with Mod Podge and once this was dry I drew around each of the flowers and leaves with coloured acrylic paint pens.

Looking at this now I think that I would put a wash over the area where the quote is just to help it to stand out more. I don’t like my handwriting but I am getting braver in using it instead of just using my computer and printer to do quotes for projects.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my off the page project. If you have any tips on how I can improve my writing on these kinds of projects I would love to hear them.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.
Tracy B.

Just Add Ink Choose 2 Challenge – which I am entering
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #467 – which you can enter