I'm not a fan of collage. Mainly because it forces me to recognize that all the little bits & bobs I have
hoarded collected over time are stored in so many places that to get them all out at once is overwhelming.
I started with some muslin
And some inks
And my nibs
And off I went!
Here is after I brushed one sheet of muslin with red; then added calligraphy
For the silver writing I use this pen (sorry the pic is a bit fuzzy)
I LOVE THESE PENS!!!
They can be pricey but SO worth it!
They dry in seconds; are SUPER shiny and come in different metallic colors.
You see I discovered there is a difference in silver gel pens; silver calligraphy ink and these silver pens. I took a piece of black card stock to the store & tried each one. I also took a scrap of fabric and the pen above was hands down the best.
Anyhow; I had been given this book by my friend Jamie Fingal. It inspired me to stretch a bit. As I may have mentioned earlier I really don't like to collage.
I was also given this ink to try by my friend & fellow Calligrapher Lisa Englebrecht
This is the only bottle I have & let me tell you; when I can; I'm going to buy all the colors I can lay my hands on! It's FW Acrylic Ink. (The Acrylic part is the important part) Regular Ink like Liquitex above is too thin; it quickly absorbs into your fabric and MUST be used with a primer such as gel medium. That can change the hand of your fabric. Something I'm not always happy with.
I didn't like this experiment as much. ^
Here is the mess that drives me insane.
So after all this I made some Valentines cards.
Here is the first one:
This is the one El said was the best one
And this was a birthday card for a dear friend
This was the last one; it was a scrap of fabric I didn't use but the paint blotch looked to me like a bee to me.
I used some shiva paintsticks on the bottom to color in grass. Not the best photo but you get the idea.
So after spending a night and a day and making these it was kinda fun but I don't think I'll be doing it more. It takes up too many 'stations' in my room. The sewing machine station; the calligraphy table; the embroidery area & all the tackle boxes full of stuff!
I do have scraps now that I may use in other projects so I guess that is the silver lining.
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