My friend Gracie, who owns Gracie D's Antiques, Collectibles and Gifts here in Mirror, likes my minis -- and so do her customers. They are particularly fond of "the ones with beads", so I promised her a couple (at least) in time for the "Lucrative Gift-giving Season".Having decided to use mono-printing for my latest 15 x 15 Group piece, I took advantage of the painted "plate" (a layer of laminate off-cuts recycled from my daughter's office) to create a couple of "tree" pieces. I printed one on the "right" side of the fabric, and one on the "wrong" side...can you guess which one? ;-)
This time I tried out a new-to-me acrylic paint recommended by Lorette at Red Deer's Alberta Art and Drafting: "Open Acrylic" paint from Golden, in "Bone Black". I bought several months ago, but this was the first time I'd tried it -- and I have to say, for what I was doing (line drawings as mono-prints), it worked a treat! It took less paint than conventional acrylic because it stayed wet longer (that's the "open" benefit); in fact, it was still sticky when I finished what I wanted to do for that session.
Once they dried, I sandwiched each piece and free-motion quilted each one with Superior Thread's King Tut cotton in #979 - "Obsidian". I'm blessed to be able to buy what I need here in Canada and generally do so once a year at the Central Alberta Quilt Show in Red Deer in the spring. :-)
Then I "blopped" (isn't that a great technical term?) each piece with "snow", using a toothbrush and Pebeo Setacolor Opaque in "Perle Shimmer" (white, obviously)... and auditioned each one for bead positions...
|Audition #1 - "Dining Alone"|
|Audition #2 - "Lunch Meeting"|
The first one is finished, matted, packaged and photographed. (A final photo will appear later.) The second remains under construction (needs beads and mat) so will follow shortly...
But I have a music practice this evening (trio at church) and work in The Shop
tomorrow, so that's all for now.
these are indeed lovely. I like minis myself and plan on doing more. lead the way, Margaret!
They[re so delicate and beautiful.
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