Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Signs of October

 

Today I'm joining Tracey from Hotchpotchcreations, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  Her theme is My Favorite Color is October.   I'm also joining the lovely ladies at Creative Artiste where their mixed media challenge for October is always Anything Goes.

 I started this fabric journal page by dyeing the background fabric and the cheesecloth with coffee.

Back when I actually had color ink in my ink jet printer, I printed this lovely young lady on fabric backed by freezer paper.  When I was ready to use the image, I removed it from the freezer paper backing.  I have found these images store better if you leave the backing on the image until you are ready to sew it on the substrate.

You can see the cheesecloth matches the colors in the focal image, but the yellow in the ribbon is a bit too bright.  Then I realized I had forgotten a layer.  I really hated to rip out my sewing, but it was unfortunately necessary.

I apologize for these photos, but the lighting in my home is horrible now that the sun is moving to the south.  It's even worse that the lace I added was cut off from the lighting.

 I tried moving my camera.  I was able to show the coffee dyed lace, but I still had a shadow.

Here are a few close-up shots.





Note to self: next time iron fabric before assembling.

To qualify for Creative Artiste's mixed media challenge, I needed at least three different mediums.  I believe this qualifies because of all the layers I created.  The layers are white on white fabric dyed with coffee, burlap/hessian, dyed cheesecloth, ink jet printed focal image, coffee dyed lace, and burlap ribbon, all sewn together using variegated thread.  The flower was attached using E-6000.  And yes, I finally ironed the finished entry before adding the flower.

Thank you ever so much for visiting today.  Bleubeard, and I are delighted you joined us and hope to see you at both Creative Artiste with your mixed media take on Anything Goes, and Art Journal Journey with your journal take on My favorite color is October.    
 

23 thoughtful remarks:

craftytrog said...

A really beautiful fabric collage Elizabeth! I love the image and the dyed lace!
Alison

Elephant's Child said...

That is simply gorgeous. My mother made bobbin lace - and inadvertently stained some of it with coffee too.

Bertiebo said...

I love it, beautiful work!!!!

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece Elizabeth, love how you assembled the various materials. Hope you are okay, you weren't around yesterday. Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia said...

Love her. And the whole page is so suiting her - the colors and the fabric, the background, perfect. The bird.
You should frame this.

Neet said...

A lovely fabric collage Elizabeth, and what a fantastic print you have centre stage. I found some freezer paper I must have once bought and now I know what to do with it - well, would if I knew how to do it. You obviously have the knack.
Hope you are all well and enjoying the autumnal colours around you.
Hugs, Neet xxx

CJ Kennedy said...

The dyed fabric and the printed image match so well. I like the lace on the right which reminds me of stained glass windows.

My name is Erika. said...

This fabric page is a wow Elizabeth. I love how you hand dyed it. And that lace is to die for. Isn't burlap a great texture source? This is just amazing and perfect for AJJ. Glad you shared it with us. Have a great mid-week. Hugs-Erika

Barbara said...

I’m loving this piece with dyed fabric! Beautiful!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love your texture and composition here. Nice!

Olde Dame Holly said...

That's so pretty. I would not be able to resist turning it into a little pillow or pincushion!

kathyinozarks said...

such a lovely piece Elizabeth, one of my favorites now

da tabbies o trout towne said...

this is a very nice piece Elizabeth. I think the yellow makes the photograph of the lady stand out more. great work before, and after
adding the lace !! :)☺☺♥3

wavez two ewe bleu N squiggles, hope ewe R havin a get inta trubullz
kinda day :) ☺☺♥♥

da tabbies o trout towne said...

squiggles; dood, we hope ewe get ta feelin sooooper better soooper fast
and ya stay soooooper better......st francis' blessingz buddy ♥♥♥♥♥

Birgit said...

This looks great. I lovevthe girl and the lace you added. The soft volours work so well. In the hospital recuperating and should be home tomorrow. Sore but ok

Meggymay said...

Wow, this is a gorgeous page Elizabeth, I love the fabric layers and the beautiful print of the lady. the lace trims look amazing as well. Its fabulous inspiration for the AJJ theme as well.
Yvonne xx

DVArtist said...

I love all of the textures. Very pretty.

Carola Bartz said...

This is truly beautiful, Elizabeth. I admire your sewing this fine fabric, and even to have to rip it apart and start all over! I hate sewing, so I am amazed by your patience and stamina. All the work paid off in the end, it has turned out so lovely.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Beautifully matched fabrics and lace Elizabeth, there's always a calm when something quite vintage comes to be. Your focal image is a treasure to behold, your creation would make a superb journal/notebook cover.
So pleased you shared this @ Creative Artiste and of course for my AJJ October theme. Thank you.. Creative wishes Tracey xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My Elizabeth - this is absolutely fabulous! Gorgeous colours and I always love how you incorporate your sewing to looks though it belongs right there where it is. Sorry to hear you had to backtrack! Hugs, Chrisx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Gorgeous.

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful piece and I love your Lady :)

nwilliams6 said...

Love all the cool layers on this, Elizabeth. Great image and the lace is fabulous. So interesting and pretty! Hugz