The 'Hearts' project I mentioned in my last post is progressing - albeit slowly. Why do these things take 10 times longer than we think they will?
This week there has been a lot of snipping of little hearts - paper hearts, tissue hearts, hearts from painted bondaweb etc.
And there has been cutting up of the backgrounds to make pockets etc.
I think I forgot to mention that as well as the paper, I also used brush inks on some heavy weight vilene. And I stencilled some grunge paste from Paperartsy through the same stencil I had used for the gesso on the background papers. If you do this while the ink is still wet it will bleed through into the grunge paste. I love the background that makes.
I also made a high old mess!
Bit of thread selection going on.
I am going to use tags in this book. Last time, in my 'Seize the Day' book, I made tags from Vilene. This time I am covering lightweight card tags with the backgound papers.
Giving a lush pile of tags ready for the next stage.
A bit more auditioning - this time threads for decoration.
And then I had a brainwave (or a distraction!) and decided I needed some painted lutrador that I could stitch and blast with a heat gun
So I painted with the brayer (and those trusty Fresco Finish Paints).
And then I stitched (this is a 'set' stitch on my machine ).
And then I blasted with the heat gun. You can see a few holes here. The paint and the stitching resist the heat a bit.
And then I began to decorate the pockets.
Some of the background papers, stitched onto a Vilene pocket and a little row of green beads (but they look like spots in this photo.)
That's a bit better. You can see the beads on the left and another embroidery stitch from the machine.
And a bit more beading here.
And here is that zapped painted & stitched lutrador, with a paper heart and some twine zig zagged on.
More beaded hearts and zapped lutrador (mounted on more villein).
And I found some 'square sequins'. I really like them.
And more mess!
Golly, but there is still so much to do!
I need to call an end to these pockets and get on with the main book.