What a great word, full of all sorts of connotations. For a word junkie like me, it simply spells heaven...
I finally got myself an ink-jet printer and have been playing around a bit with image transfers.
The deer above and below is courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
I love that it gives a sense of winter even though there is nothing wintry about it,
I paired it with a black and tan check fabric and added some fragments of antique lace - the bag is made of a linen/cotton blend. The black squares in the corners are actually brads and are way easier to add than buttons.
Continuing on with the "Printworks" theme, the above stocking features stamped fabric on the back
and a stamped word on the front.
I have a full set of the alphabet in stamps - seemed like a good idea at the time, but lining up the letters is not as easy as I thought it would be! I think I stamped "joy" about 10 times before I finally figured it all out. By that time, I was getting pretty cranky and thinking I needed a new word.... but four letters would likely be even more challenging.... joy it was...
black ribbon and a little sparkly bling finish it off.
I thought that the stamped script side would be the front but when I tried attaching the bow etc., I didn't like how it looked. So the backside became the front side....fluid designing I guess...
I read something the other day that seemed as though it was written just for me.
"As an artist, I am 'imagination led' rather than 'design led'. Invariably I make no formal plans identifying a finished piece; my work evolves rather than resolving to a plan."
-Jan Hall, Fibre Artist
I felt so much better about how I work after reading this. I have always thought true artists have a vision and work toward it, and that they always achieve that vision perfectly. That has not happened for me - at least not often, and consequently I have never thought of myself as an artist. I think now I might have some re-thinking to do...