I wanted to set myself an embroidery hoop challenge and found a pop art style image I liked online I thought would be a great addition to my wall. This piece really was a labour of love!
I started it in December and in total I’ve spent over 50 hours on it. That is a lot of stitching!
This piece is a different direction from my other work. I’ve always loved Pop Art, especially Lichtenstein with his comic book style and bold use of colour and shape. I think it is still as relevant today, with Pop Surrealist artists putting their own twist on the art of the 1950s and 60s.
I had prepared my hoop (I always use embroidery stabiliser with my work) I sketch my image directly onto the fabric. I just used a green sharpie here, nothing that fancy! I then used black shimmery thread to on all my bold lines, stitching at least two lines to make them thicker.
I really like the contrast of this floral fabric and my pop art style girl eating an ice cream. I decided to fill in some colour almost like a guide to myself, and faintly outlined where the different highlights of purple would go against her eyelids.
The majority of this embroidery was done with a satin stitch, back stitch and stem stitch to get some nice curves. You can see from this picture why it took so long to sew the whole hoop!
To add texture to the piece, I sewed some beads into the ice cream as sprinkles and stitched her earring from beads as well. I found it hard to get the colour right for her skin tone but overall I am pleased with the result.
I’ve been reading up on sewing and started using my new sewing machine I got at Christmas. I also got some great new books recently, and got some fabric labels made with my little beetle logo. I love them!
My main project has been an altered wooden box. I removed the lid and covered it with polymer clay (Fimo), creating a hummingbird on a branch as the central image. Using my pasta machine to roll the clay into sheets, I cut out the shapes and built the image up with leaves and flowers around the edges of the box. I used some tools to texture the bird, branches and leaves and added my favourite Perfect Pearls for shimmer and depth. I added some Tim Holtz hinges to the back and a clasp at the front I had.
Close Up Clay Covered Box
For the bottom part of the box I primed it with Gesso then painted a few coats of Cosmic Shimmer paint in green and blue. When baking the lid I made some separate leave pieces with added gold leaf and once they were hard I glued them to the box for interest. I then varnished it and am quite pleased with how it turned out, especially the background.
I’ve been quite unwell recently with a sinus infection. Mostly been sleeping, feeling sorry for myself and watching a lot of nature programmes! I’ve also been doing a lot of art journaling and over the last few months I’ve found a lot of inspiration online through other artists work. I am obsessed with Pinterest!
This made me think of doing a series of blog posts on inspiration once a month. I am definitely a person who goes through phases of struggling with a creative block. It is almost like I have either too many ideas or none at all. So I am going to put up some themes and tips about this in the next few months.
Here are a few things I purchased and have felt inspired by over July and August:
My interest in Gothic art has been growing and bought Weirdo Noir which is a beautiful and informative book on contemporary pop Gothic art. It features lots of contemporary artists doing work in comics, illustration and is a refreshing change to all the shit candy pop stuff you see in mainstream day to day life. As I am also exploring sculpture, I am fascinated with art dolls and bought The Doll Scene which is full of gorgeous handmade dolls by interesting mixed media artists across the world. I love art books in general but thought I needed something a bit different to inspire me to go in a new direction.
New Art Books
I bought these two books Stamp It! and Craft-a-Doodle for some inspiration and this is a doodle I started to get back into my art. I’ve also been carving more stamps, which I will be putting up in a new post soon.
Mollie Makes came out yesterday so I am very excited to read this! Lots of flowers in full bloom right now too
I am on a little bit of a creative kick these last few days, I wonder if it is the weather! It has been really humid and sunny, I don’t think I’ve seen rain for at least 5 days.
Here are some things I’ve been doing recently.
Lana Del Ray
I’m really happy with the way this page turned out, although it might be a little crowded. I am developing some new ideas around my blog and tying different themes together. I like how this conveys the way I see my blog and my art as a journey into the unknown, the magical and mysterious.
I got these two today as well – Mollie Makes and a cute little art journal! I can’t wait to start my new ideas for that, I think I will keep it until I finish all the pages in my bigger one. Still working on my December art challenge, some pics will soon be put up 🙂
Finally, I am putting up pictures from the Graphic 45 matchbox I have spent ages making! I loved making this and am giving it to my sister for her birthday. This was an organic process and I went with my instincts as I made it, the main idea in my mind being an enchanted woodlands. I know how much she loves fairy-tales!