Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Charms for the Good Life
My "Anything Art" bee met on Monday at Roberta Morgan's house. Roberta is best known as a garment maker, who has won big awards in all the shows for her coats, jackets, and ensembles. She also makes art quilts, and as a visit to her house proves, almost anything that doesn't move is fair game for her art. I take that back...she also painted her car!
My digital camera has gone to the repair shop, since the lens will not retract. I did not have a camera with me at the meeting, so I'm sorry I have no pictures of Roberta's painted furniture, room full of mannikins wearing her jackets, and all her other fun home decor. It reminded me of pictures of Violette's Magic Cottage.
Our project for the day was making charms from either mat board or a precut product called Stampbord.
The stampbord has one smooth white side for a smooth, absorbent surface. You can also scratch or etch into the surface.
Roberta provided some pages of bright collage prints for us to decoupage onto the rough side of the Stampbord. We used Mod Podge for this. I chose some bright birds and some vintage ladies' faces.
On the other side, we used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks to add color. Roberta had a whole box of these.
We dabbed a little ink onto a cotton gauze pad, dipped in a bit of alcohol, and then dabbed blobs of color onto the surface. After that, we used some of Roberta's stamps and ink pads to add more imagery to the painted side of the tile. I chose these funky-looking women's faces.