I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
So awhile back I got the idea to make a friend a certain sampler with a certain foul Internet saying on it. I went as far as buying the supplies and setting up the canvas and then forgot about it until a week before her birthday. Alas, I didn't super rough out the text ahead of time (plus ran out of some colors), so the idea of it came out like this.
I have since started on version 2, which so far is looking like this:
Next time: smaller canvas square count, all one color for text, less confusing to have text not on giant field of brown.
For whatever insane reason (since half the population I'm around doesn't remember the 80's), I decided to go as Rainbow Brite this year.
For the first time in yonks, this required actual sewing for a costume. Which is to say I found a thrift store dress and sewed on the requisite decorations.
I was going to knit the whole dress, but I started this about two months before and it took me over a month to work out how to knit the arms, so there you go. On the other hand, it made it easier to do the legwarmers/boot tops. I got a pair of Converse and painted them up a bit.
No, I didn't really get a better picture until the dead last minute of Halloween, why do you ask? Also, I thought I WAS smiling :P
Another Hawaiian-themed one, with different types of flowers. Orchids on top, plumerias in the middle and hibiscus (attempts) at the bottom. Did two different grouts on it.
This is a mosaic I did last year where the grout just came out terribly. Would NOT come off certain pieces (the joys of textured ones), and it came out weirdly white in places, and just...ugh. So I painted over it instead--pained brown for the tree where it's weirdly white and also painted over the glass pieces. It looks a lot better now.
So in July, I was teaching mosaic class again and got an idea. There's a mosaic artist around here that I love who uses words in her mosaics. I decided to try doing some collage underneath mine instead and work with clear or clear-ish pieces of glass on top of them. Here's the first one I tried, with and without glass atop in the process.
I think it came out very mystical and mysterious. However, note for future reference: if you casually start placing pieces of glass while the paper's still drying, the glass will end up stuck there a bit prematurely! Ah well.
Here's a second experiment at this, using fabric scraps instead:
I grouted this one with two different kinds of grout my students had been trying out, what the heck. You can't really tell in the finished work.