Every February, my friend Judith Cassel-Mamet and I co-teach a 3 day art retreat. We strongly believe that every participant needs to take home a finished piece of beautiful mixed media art as well as a reference notebook full of information that can help them become better artists. It's always a challenge to design a retreat that doesn't depend upon using sewing machines because we want our participants to come without having to lug heavy equipment or buy any supplies.
For our 2017 retreat, Judith and I are working with a new material that neither one of us have used before but functions like paper AND fabric. This satisfies both of us since I can add stitch and Judith can add paint!
Here is a glimpse on the piece I'm working on now. So far, I have sewn some decorative lines using my machine, sprayed some acrylic inks, stamped with archival ink, stenciled with metallic acrylics, enhanced with water color pencils, and just painted over the surface with more watercolor.
I love how this layering process results in amazing textures and patterns. Now, I shall start adding hand stitching.
Sigh. I'm in a happy place!