Friday, 15 February 2008

Take it Further

Did we stay off the computer last night? You betcha! Well, at least, till I went to bed early and then DH leapt for his fix!!! Checking out his blogs, of course!


I've made a start on my piece for the Take it Further Challenge today. I have to admit I have been influenced by looking at other blogs but I have decided not to do a book format but to make a journal page based on memories of my Nan. I haven't actually done a journal page other than the landscape I've just completed so it is stretching me. Today I have been working on the embellisher with fairly neutral colours and have made a background which I will be adding images to.

You can't see the textures too clearly in this photograph but I have embellished scrim, organza, polyesters, mulberry bark and wool onto wool batting. The page is about 8" x 7". I didn't plan it to be that size, it just happened. Hmmmm! Maybe I should have planned it out! I have printed some photos of my Nan onto T-shirt transfer paper and ironed it on to calico and I intend to apply 1 or maybe 2 images to the page along with some lace and other embellishments. I printed out quite a few different images of my Nan so I think I will probably make several of these in time to show various times of my Nan's life. I have never done any transfer printing before so I am very pleased with the outcome.

I can't really explain my choice of a neutral background, although I have been wanting to work with whites recently. I suppose it's because I do not have any strong colour memories about my Nan. I could have used the colours I remember from the pickling and jamming that Nan used to do but I feel that neutral will give a feeling of times gone past. I shall be handsewing the images on with some additional gold organza for some golden memories. All I need to do now is find the cigarette cards I had sorted out and have put somewhere safe! Doh!

8 comments:

artisbliss said...

This is lovely, Julie. I like the muted tones.

sharon young said...

Sounds as if you've done a fair bit of mental planning, Julie. These natural whites are looking lovely, without the distraction of colour you really focus in the texture. Looking forward to seeing where you take it.
Glad your Valentine's evening was such a success.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Cool. I think yor ever so clever, yu kno.

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Julie said...

Ooh Bob! Prayz indeed! Thank you! (Kurtseyin low) :)

Helen Suzanne said...

this should be interesting. I've been wanting to work with whites and neutrals recently too so I'll look forward to seeing how it works out. Did you keep those cigarette cards? I remember the kids versions of footballers.

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

Lovely delicate texture. I was able to click on the picture to enlarge it.

Julie said...

Hi Rosemary. Good to see you here! :) Thank you for your comment.

Into the Blystic said...

i really like the subtle variations here! namaste Elis.