Monday, November 26, 2007

I turn to Thee

Artists don't get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.
~ Stephen DeStaebler




I spent yesterday in my studio...
I started a lot of projects,

I even did a few affirmation pillow wings and put them for sale on etsy .


"I turn to Thee"

Would you like a peek into my creative process?
it goes a little like this:
my studio days start around 8:40 after the kids are off to school....
more often then not its starts with putting stuff away...
now after a large project there are always lost of scraps of papers and piles of fabric and I must say now that I have a rottery cutter there is a lot more cast offs.

now yesterday as I sat at my table and pulled out the trash and started to toss stuff out I found a small paper snippet with the words "I turn to Thee" came across my hands... so I put it aside then a small felt heart that I had cut out was also found so this went in the keep pile... then a very small shard of mica started it all... it was just the size of the words "I turn to Thee"
so I pulled out my diamond glaze and sandwiched the word between the mica...


I reached for my my punch that I have used cents I was in high school (I used to make my own leather sandals, my aunt is 10 years older then me and was a flower child and she and I would always craft together) I punched holes in the heart and and started to burn it a little with a tea light candle (I have found that this size of this flame works the best and gives you the most control when burning fabrics)


After I toured the little felt heart I dug a little in my pile on my desk I found a little wad of red and black thread ( I do keep a small cup with thread castoffs as I like the texture it adds to my work) I started to wrap it around the heart I then used resin covered papers for the wings.

I took a piece of 100% wool felt and wet it with hot watter and then put it in the dryer so it would fatten up for more texture, then I started to build up the layers of fabric and papers, I then took the piece over to my sewing machine to stitch it all up then I hand stitched the heart to the base and added french knots and freestyle cross stitches. I used Golden Fluid Iridescent Bronze (Fine) (this is hands down my favorite most used paint color to give a aged luster to any piece) and with my finger rubbed it on different parts of the surface.
and here is how it looks in a frame.

"From thee I turn to Thee, And find love in Thine eyes."

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9 comments:

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

wow !! c'est la première fois que j'arrive à temps pour pouvoir acheter l'une de vos merveilleuses créations !! je suis réellement heureuse d'avoir enfin bientôt un petit bout de votre art !!!! Merci !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jes said...

OOOO! I see you have been busy-busy creating! Everything looks so FABULOUS!

I have not had a lot of time to visit my bloggy friends, so I am making the rounds this morning. I can't believe all of the Holiday Cheer on the web! I feel so behind!

xoxoxo ~Sweetpea

Sharon said...

Ruth, thank you for sharing the making of this beautiful piece. Your work with textile just amazes me.

spiralsun65 said...

This is lovely work; thanks so much for sharing it!

sammy said...

Hi ruth! Thanks for sharing with us how you do your art! As I am a huge fan of yur art, I really appreciate this! Hows it going for you... hugs,

kelly snelling said...

it looks gorgeous, that is how it looks. and i know that little jar of thread! i'm sure there are probably tiny white buttons in there somewhere. i love that you found the words I turn to thee. that's just perfectly lovely. xo-k (mmm...cheese buns!)

HappyDayArt! said...

That was really fun and interesting to read. I almost felt like I was there. And it looks so nice in the frame.

Catherine

Lori S-C said...

Fabulous piece...
Love it!
Lori

daydreamstudios said...

What a fabulous idea to keep a cup for the little thread bits and peices. I knew there could be a use for them and now I know what! Thanks for the wonderful idea.
Karla