Here are my first stitches of 2008. I made a teeny start on My Stitching Treasures by Jeanette Douglas. The chart called for using just one strand of silk, but I’m doing my own thing (as usual) and using two strands. I like my stitches fat. Here’s a picture of the completed design, if you can’t stand to wait until *whenever* I get around to finishing mine.
And, in keeping with my 2008 goal of participating in more artsy challenges, I created this 4 x 4. The challenge listed on the 4X4 Friday blog was to use punchinella, which is the waste left over when sequins are made. I have TONS of this stuff, in a variety of shapes and colors… never knew exactly what to do with it, so this exercise was helpful to me. I experimented with gluing it down (got glue ALL over my hands), mod-podging (found out that the shiny part turns cloudy so you need to buff it when dry), painting over it (too messy, no patience for it), and finally using a stamp pad over it, which is what you see here. A lot of punchinella wound up in the trash bin today, but I think I learned how to work with it– which is really the point of these challenges.
A “4 x 4” is a 4 inch square piece of artwork… can be any medium; the whole point is the size. They are most typically used for collage work, though. I enjoy the size because it seems to be enough room for me to experiment, yet not so big that I feel married to it. Plus I love, love squares! There’s just something about their perfectness that appeals to me, especially when there’s lots of swirly stuff going on inside the square. I’m sure that has a deeper personal meaning… psychotherapist, please?
Today’s simple pleasure: creative time