Saturday, 23 April 2011

Inspiration: 2nd instalment

Vickie Howell's passion is knitting and crochet, but despite being unable to do either myself, her choice of zingy colours such as turquoise, chartreuse and orange with black, together with a glimpse of this printed fabric, reminded me of something I'd brought home from school left over from a printing project with one of my classes on Art Day.


I created a simple bird printing block and stamped a couple of quick cards:


And then realised that the block itself deserved a home on a card!


I also had another idea, incorporating some twine in place of the wools a knitter or crocheter might use:


Three projects for the price of one!

My inspiration from the article on Amy Hanna was perhaps more lateral. I was interested to note that she's inspired by silence, and I really liked the blackboard she has displayed in her craft space, upon which is written a verse from the Bible.


The verse that kept coming back to me, with the thought of silence and rest and peace, was Psalm 46:10 - and so I created this very simple art journal page, looking a little bit like a blackboard:


Bonzie makes garments and accessories. From the photographs I formed a sense of sheer fabrics in layers, soft colours, and bold floral embellishments.


Hence this simple brooch was born:


From Pam Garrison, I took the idea of 'doodling' with embroidery as well as with a pen! My eye was also caught by the beautiful frame of music scores edged with glitter:


These together led to another art journal page, on which I've added the names of my family, each in a different stitched 'font', and a heart, each within a glittered frame made from an old music score:


Around the little stitched pieces I doodled my favourite branches and leaves, and added the title 'Family Tree'.


It was the bright, jewel-like colours that really stood out for me when admiring Laurie Mika's work.


Her mention of stained glass windows and rubber stamping gave me all the ideas I needed to decorate another glass slide holder with gold paint and alcohol inks:




And here endeth part 2! To be continued...

22 comments:

Kirsty.a said...

These are incredible. I'm quite humbled. I got around to putting up my inspiration board yesterday, which I've been wanting to do since reading 'Inspiration'

Cheri said...

I'm thinking you already know more techniques than I may ever learn! Love the jewel tones

helena said...

amazing variety and really love that you have noted the inspiration for each

I particularly like how the twine spirals have a pattern where the stripe falls - I love seeing how random or striped wool comes out when I use it

MonicaB said...

Beautiful art work! I really loved the "stained glass" work. Very fitting for the Easter holiday. It's wonderful how much that book inspired you.

scrappyjacky said...

So many beautiful projects,Mel.

Karen said...

Wow - another set of beautiful projects - I love the colours on the decorated slides.

JO SOWERBY said...

i love those glass slides so beautiful, and also the embroidery challenge, shame we cant see the family names but privacy is vital. have a lovely day, im off to bake a choccy cake and prepare myslef for tonight and Dr Who. Do u get how excited I am? No well I AM,
Jo xxx

Lizzie said...

My goodness, and I thought Part 1 was pretty fab, Mel! You have been so amazingly busy; I just love to see all your interpretations of the inspiration you gathered from others' work - yet all your items are unique, not just copies of someone else's work.
I think you deserve congratulations, for such wonderful, beautiful and varied work. And it looks as if there will be a Part 3... amazing!
If you do make that scrap-book, it will be a fabulous one!

Melissa said...

All wonderful projects Mel. I really like the twine on the cards and the brooch. That's one of my favorite verses, although hard to do sometimes! :>)

Sian said...

Mel - you have a week's worth of posts in one here!! I'm especially taken with the little block printed cards at the start. They remind of the 1970's artwork my dad had on the walls of his staff room.

Maria Ontiveros said...

love the birds and the slide mailer - these two posts yesterday and today really helped inspire me.
Thanks!
Rinda

jennifer said...

more wonderful stuff mel, the brooch is lovely. I'm in awe of your productivity! x

furrypig said...

wow! you have been super creative!! What fantastic inspiration to us all thanks so much for sharing everything I am very interested in how you achieved such stunning results with glass. xxx

Rachel B said...

Wow, some great projects Mel. I really like the family tree :)

Lesley said...

My you have been busy Mel. Absolutely fab. I love the way you have interpretted different things from the articles.

Lesley xx

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Seriously, where do you find the time? Did all of these get finished this week? Thanks for sharing, fabulous post!!! xoxo

Jimjams said...

All lovely crafting but that final piece of work is simply STUNNING!

Karen said...

Well, I can't imagine that anyone has ever gotten more from this book than you have! The last piece is stunning, my favorite of all these delightful pieces.

Tracey said...

Wow ... you always have so much going on.
'Three projects for the price of one!' ... you just can't beat that! ;)

Beverly said...

You are doing such creative work, I love it all but especially the blackboard with scripture!!!

Miriam said...

The brooch is simply beautiful and I unashamedly want it and the book!

Ginger said...

Okay, what I want to know is how long did it take you to make all these things? I love those TH quote stamps with the stained glass creations. So pretty!!