Didn’t accomplish much this past week, but this is a couple clues to what is in the planning stages.
I made use of the Michaels’ gift-card that one of my sister-in-laws bought me for Christmas. Bought a couple pairs of 48″/122cm stretcher bars and a bit of canvas. The feather isn’t part of it but will be part of a future project.
Everything arrived yesterday, where one pair of bars arrived then five hours later, the rest arrived. The second box of stretchers was taller than me, and before I disassembled the box and put it in the recycling bin, I was taking selfies with the empty box.
I know I need to put on a cross brace, because of the size of the bars, and am probably going to have to build one.
I finally put the two studies in a frame (used a cheap 20×28, so the white space all around is obvious and I can focus on them) and currently examining how to mesh them together. This was the first drawing I made and it’s a total mess and will probably either become more complicated or much more simplier. The cool colours will be shades of orange and/or red and the warms are blue and/or greens, and will soften into each other.
The two studies are finished.
The original intention was what can I make with three materials. I ended up using five. Both are first layered with Crayola watercolours. On the left was just one colour, which was a bluish-green and the left was two mixed together. I wasn’t paying attention and the red-orange and orange-red look interchangeable.
After they dried, I taped up the canvas boards in random order and it just turned out the cool side was squares and the warm side was triangular and circles. Some of the circles didn’t stick on and popped off when I was applying the colours with oil pastels. Smoothing them out with my finger didn’t make them completely flat, but neither did applying poppy oil either. They dried for about a week, taking longer because I left the tape on for an extra day, I had let them sit with thumbtacks so I could lean one against the other.
Before poking holes, I sprayed them with fixative spray and let them sit for half an hour. By the way, if you’re indoors, make sure you have the windows fully open and the fan on full blast, I might have gotten a headache for about ten minutes because the smell was gnarly. Left the room after a couple minutes, but that was enough.
Thumbtacks don’t produce big enough holes but luckily, I made use of a bookbinding awl and poked big enough holes to thread an embroidery needle through and attached the embroidery thread through. I like the openness of cool side, and wish I made the warm side more even.
Now I want to analyse both and take elements from both and incorporate them into a larger scale. I finally used the Michaels giftcard and bought a 70″x72″ (178cm by 183cm) canvas fold and a couple sets of 48″ (122cm) stretcher bars. Still need to get the cross brace for the back and some gesso, then go to town on that painting. I’m going to layer a thin wash of acrylic paint, then oil paint, then use laceweight yarn on the canvas. I wonder if I could attach crocheted chains but we’ll see.
Currently looking to frame the studies together but 16’x24″ (41cm by 61cm) frames is an unusual size. Want the middles to touch but not precious about the other sides.
The weaving is finished and it’s uneven on the right side, because when I tied off the ends, I did it a bit tightly.
A couple of the fringe bits are not even and it just needs a trim but it looks like this. This is what the weaving looks like if you keep turning it around but this looks much better than anything else I’ve done.
Most of my time has been spent doing this has been otherwise taken up with this.
I don’t remember the blue but the green one is from Knitpicks.
This has been sitting in the closet and am finally sucking it up and unwinding it all. It’s not going to be in one piece, obviously, but it will be usable at some point. Wish I didn’t get it in this condition in the first place but laceweight yarn is such a pain in the arse with a mind of its own.
Lately, I seem to only focus on two projects per week, or mainly one and another to do while waiting on the other.
Been mainly focused on one project. Have been wanting to see what the end result if I use three specific things, has turned into four. Got two blank canvas board, then covered them in (Crayola) watercolour. Then, after that layer dried, covering them in painter’s tape (made the mistake of using packing tape which I’m not sure why I assumed it wouldn’t ruin the back), then on the exposed areas use oil pastels. Originally was going to just put fixative over it, but my genius brain thought to put linseed oil over it all, in hopes to smooth down the oil pastel as much as possible. Smoothing it out with my fingers still left spots where it wasn’t completely smooth. I didn’t use linseed oil, instead used drying poppy oil. Also, never leave the tape on the panel or such while it’s drying. Still. I have quite a bit of time on my hands while it finally reaches the stage where I can handle it without oil smothering my fingertips.
This is how they look, after the tape has been removed. The tape slightly outlines the pastels on the right, which you can’t tell from this photo. To make the smaller circles, I used those circle label stickers. More than one popped off when I was rubbing the oil pastel over it. For the big one, I taped on one of the ends of the cardboard from a ribbon spool. Using yellow stickers under that colour was mildly comical as I had to remember where they were attached, so they could be removed. It’s also kind of annoying that my intention was that, positioned this way, it would be left leaning, but the size gets more attention than the intensity of colour. The cool colours were supposed to lean right, and the warm colours lean left. The official thing will be changed so it reflects that, and it’s obvious they will soften into each other, and not be hard like these examples. Right now, the materials is more important than anything else.
I’ve stuck thumbtacks in the boards for two reasons. I can safely lean them against each other without their accidentally touching, so they don’t smear onto each other. Also, that’s to give me a rough idea of the path where I’m applying the embroidery thread when it is finally safe to handle.
After everything is finished, I want to do a comparison and take the best elements from both and incorporate them into something more cohesive.
While they’re drying, a bit of playing with yarn.
This is an experiment with different textures, as in changing the yarn so it’s crocheted or knit a bit before weaving it in, but staying with monochrome red yarns. It looks nice with the blue peeking out. My problem with weaving, thought, is I never get it tight enough so it doesn’t hang weird. Perhaps because I don’t have that bar underneath it.
It’s easy to lose track of time, yet completely aware it’s Wednesday.
Shuffling things around and Munchkin is on vacation and still fitting projects here and there.
Added a bit more to this former cardigan. I’m not use them together in any rows but going back and forth, making wide rows between the light minty green and the dark green. Weaving in the ends will be a slight pain in the ass, but it’s a super easy project. And want to connect the other green rowed project, after finishing up this bit of yarn.
Have been wanting to use up this yellow yarn. I have three cakes of it, and just want to see the stitches I did on the pullover, what they will look like in a solid colour.
Stitches are not as noticeable at the moment, as when I finish this bit of yarn.
The painting still looks like I need to add another layer to it, but this is how it’s been since Sunday, when I added the sides. I know in galleries they don’t stick artwork this close to each other so probably should have made a bigger space above her head, but like the line between them.
I originally wanted to do it where she’s looking at building store fronts, across the street, and a small area to the right, someone’s foot is making an appearance, as most of their body is off the canvas. I just couldn’t figure out the scale, so will leave that to another painting.
This painting looks flat to me, and it’s not supposed to, as it’s someone paying attention to what’s in front of themselves.
Oh. The bouquet is almost done, except I need to adjust them before applying the green sticky tape.
This is taken from my Instagram because forgot to snap it with the camera.
It’s not as noticeable but I had to use a different wire for the single flower. I don’t like this as much as the first one, but it’s still nice.
I found a use for Dylan’s shirt that had a huge hole in the sleeve. Cut it and made a dress for the doll. This is just the first step to clothing them.
Need to put a face and dress them a bit more.
Slowly making progress on the painting. The figure should have been more to the left but it’s not that big of a deal. I’m only using three colours, (a dark brown, peach and a mustardy yellow) but feel like I’m going to have to add white and black into the mix for the background/around the figure.
For some reason, the figure looks a bit off because I made them a bit more round-backed than planned, so their back arm looks more like an afterthought. The afterthought was actually the arm in front. The back arm was supposed to be more angled. Putting her in a cold-shouldered top is supposed to make like her arms mostly disappear into it. Have been using myself as an example, by posing in the mirror and checking if it looks possible. You don’t see their front so it’s entirely possible to position yourself like this.
I’m making another ribbon flower bouquet. Gold and white striped, white scrolls on brown ones and one white spots on red flower bouquet. Since finding out I can do it, I plan on making more. Ribbon is quite fiddly so they always turn out a bit different based on material and if they’re wired or not, also length of material matters.
I haven’t gotten very far in knitting the first sleeve, as you can tell, but this should give you an idea of what I’m doing.
I spent part of a day, last week, quickly putting these together but only one is in finished book form.
I got an idea to do a self-portrait and this is planning out what I’m doing. It’s impossible to sew fabric onto panel and this isn’t the end product. The actual thing will be on canvas, where there is no gluing fabric into place. I’m unsure if I should do an half is this and other half is this for the whole thing, or just partial, but it’s leaning towards half and half on top but the rest is whole.
Finally sewing the squares together in the quilt top and part of them are together. Still quite a number of rows to add, and none of the squares line up. I’d be bothered if one lined up so just sewing everything together, row by row, without worrying too much.
Just had to share this image of my shoes contrasting with the fake grass. I was standing outside in a play area with my son and nephew, and just pointed down because I wanted some sort of proof I wore the shirtdress I made, and because those five or six dollar shoes are cute. This is the resulting image. I took another one but part of the slide was showing.
I’m just being completely lazy about everything.
Especially the striped pullover.
Because this is how far I’ve gotten.
Just added the first row of the second brown stripe.
I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of blank canvas boards and small bits of red and pink paint and see what my kid and I could come up with. He wasn’t interested even though I know he’s painted stuff in class, because I’ve had a lot of moments where I try to scrub him clean several times and he still has paint or marker on his hands.
I only did this just to see what the paint looks like. It will make a nice background for something but no idea what to layer over it.
(And the resulting paint palette)
Used up one thread for the embroidery project. I’m not sure what it will look like in front but I plan on layering all the greys on that side. Probably should change to the bigger hoop.
I am making a small rug using up that yarn that I wanted to make a vest for Dylan, but it didn’t turn out. This is the first layer of the rug, as I plan on attaching to the top of it.
(By the way, this is the cleanest my rug has been in weeks, because various projects have been worked on there. Sunday, I had several things there.)
All the leftover purple yarns (there may be more in the closet) will be knit into something, not sure what at this point.
Various projects came into my hands and attention span.
Started on knitting a few rows of the next colour of this pullover.
Except when I rewound the green, I did it in reverse, so pulling from the middle, resulted in the yarn looking lighter, but it’s the same yarn and the variation will make it look nice.
So, this might give you an idea of the stripe order.
Embroidery has always eluded me.
For a while, I’ve had several bits of embroidery thread and just couldn’t find someone to give them away to, so finally making some use of them. I separated them into colours and decided to use the greys, greens and lavenders in this project. I think purple and green together is one of the worst combinations but piling them together
This is what the back looks like as of this morning. I’m using up all the thread instead of just a bit of it.
The thing about embroidery is it’s one of those things you need a basic plan and most everything I do includes a brief sketch of some inkling in my head, which is usually not the end result, but this is one of the rare times where I just make random stitches and see what will happen. This is just an experiment, and the process will prove as a useful lesson in whether it’s something I want to pursue further.
Also, I bought a water-soluble chalk pencil in case.
By the way, as an experiment, I made a circle from yarn and tried to put that in another hoop and it would not fit. I did weave some yarn into it but took it out not long afterwards. I’m sure if you use fingering or laceweight it could fit into a hoop. Crafting should be fun and I like to mix things up, and want to work on two or more craft skills at once.
I have a limited palette of acrylic paint and was bored.
I changed up the girl’s lips but the changing her lips from a dark to a light blue didn’t look right, as I kept making her mouth bigger and bigger.
I should have kept her highlights the same and her skintone was perfect the first time around. I went nuts with the white paint and she looks odd now.
The one on the right took way less time. I literally painted once, made dinner for my son and myself then came back and added another layer. Added a few dots of bronze marker.
I finally attached a rug mat to the bottom of the rug I had made a while ago.
And, I’m not sure what to put over the edge to cover the raw bits of mat.
Happy New Year.
There’s something refreshing about the idea of starting over with a clean slate. Except, every January involves me trying to finish up as many projects from the previous year. And I have many.
I’ve made some progress on the oversized pullover I’m making with the Red Heart’s Unforgettable Yarn in parrot. I’m not sure I’ll be done with the amount that can be seen at the top of the photo.
The shoulder seams aren’t joined and still need to add the rest of the bottom before adding the second colour.
And, an up close of the stitches for the pullover.
I originally was trying to do a basic spike stitch but instead of using the front loop and going to the one below, it’s back loop and going into a stitch on a lower row. It’s an alternate of hdc/htc and making that spike. It’s colourful and the colours sometimes abruptly end which is I like.
I got bored one night and used up some nail polish to paint with. The pink blob in the middle completely throws it off and looks awful. I’m not sure what I can add to even it out.
Was quite surprised to get a really pretty yarn bowl for Christmas and just showing it off. I wish I knew the one who made it but obviously my sister-in-law won’t tell me who she bought it from.
I don’t think I’ve shared this before but these are the crystals I’m crushing, to turn into pigment. So far, only one has been problematic to turn into powder, because of its hardness. Yes, it’s not exactly free of toxins and a lot of them are much paler than I expected, but the end result will still be worth it.
I’m not exactly so awesome I could charge the crystals with good energy but whoever ends up with the painting (or paintings, depending on how much paint I end up having), I can promise I’m in a good mood while creating.
In a sense, every piece of art, whether it’s a tv show or the glass you see in some doors or whatever that’s been created, some essence of the creator is a part of the end result. We’re constantly leaving behind pieces of ourselves, whether it’s obvious or not.
I cut out the alphabet from the tissue box and was almost worried I would be one letter less because the letter N was a pain in the butt because I kept doing it backwards.
I want to use these letters and for each letter, make something to represent that letter. One of my friends is having a baby in May but I want to make a book for her and her kid out of the end result.
It took me five seconds of staring at the nail polish painting and figured out what it needed.
I turned the pink blob into another head and so it’s three ambiguous heads looking outward, into maybe water. There’s no name for it, as of this moment.
Currently in the process of making a beanie for one of my aunts, so this will be a semi-quick post.
Among the various projects, in various states of being, was able to finish the shawl using up red and pink yarns leftover from other projects.
It was supposed to be rectangular but prefer it in asymmetrical form, lack of a better way of describing it, from not paying attention.
It’s not obvious but I did a sc/dc at the bottom of the shawl which just outlined the curviness of the shawl.
It wouldn’t look bad as a skirt if I chose to close it, but like it as is, and the top can be folded down if need be.
I made two crochet strips for this project and it’s going to be a mix of knit and crochet. I should have made it with a bigger set of straights but it doesn’t matter. The way I’m connecting it will make it all work.
For the painting, I’ve started crushing up crystals to turn into pigment.
For Black Friday, I was able to buy linseed oil and poppy oil last Wednesday, but Michaels only sent me an email saying the poppy oil is being sent, and nothing about the linseed oil. I called yesterday but they said, if I hadn’t gotten an email by Saturday, I should call them back and see what can be done about it.
By the way, I wouldn’t recommend this route but it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and it’s been a practice in patience. Next time, I’m just buying oil paints and it wouldn’t be taking this long.
Yes, I’m crushing an amethyst. Out of all the crystals so far, this is the only one that actually looks mildly like the colour I’m crushing. Everything else looks like some variant of grey.
My cousin gave me the crystals and she assumed I would crush them and add them to paint, and the intention is to turn the crystals into pigment.
By the way, there is something about taking out your frustrations on materials. I am using a mortar and pestle to crush the crystals and, much like making bread and kneading the dough, being able to pound the heck out of something to turn it into powder is fun.
I have a sketch drawn out and taped up the canvas into sections. The parts covered up will still have some of the dye exposed, when the tape is removed. I don’t know how it will be outlined.
I alternate between knitting and crochet, and have been wanting to make another pullover. Have been mysteriously “collecting” green and yellow yarns and have been wanting to make something with all the yarn, and one can never have enough pullovers.
This is the colour scheme, from the bottom to the top.
This is the main (fifth) sketch of the pullover, which probably will change at some point, but pretty happy with the idea after doing several sketches.
This is the second stripe, the first white row. The rows will be all about the same size, except the top row.
By the way, I made more dye. I added yellow rit dye to the pot of reddish water and did the hot water than washed the fabric in the washing machine.
The velvet went from white to matching the lace that will be part of the dress. One day I will have red dye but keep making orange-brownish dyes.
The bottom one was dyed a dark colour and thought bleaching it would remove some of the colour. I need to use dye remover and make it off-white again.