Some of these will be shown at the upcoming Fibre Fling Show April 4-5 of the Out of the Box Artists.
Others won't (they are hanging in my house).
All of these have been created - and stitched on - as a result of the course I've been taking at the Ottawa School of Art. Only 3 weeks left.
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My husband is renovating our fireplace surround and we were fortunate to score a fabulous piece of barnwood to use as the new mantle.
The piece is gorgeous, however the underside and both ends looked like new wood, not the beautiful grey on the top and sides.
So we turned to google to ascertain how to age the wood to match the barnwood colour. The recommended solution was to steep steel wool in a container of vinegar overnight or up to 24 hours, strain, mix with water, then spray or brush the solution onto the wood. The only risk was that the wood could turn dark brown rather than grey. Ours did.
But there was a solution for that too; by simply adding a mixture of baking soda and water to the treated area, the shade of brown would fade to some degree. After a bit of testing and a little bit of time, we were tickled pink - er, tickled grey - to discover it had worked. We now have a piece of wood with the aged look of barnwood on all sides.
Of course there are a number of variables with both of these solutions; how long to soak the steel wool, how much to soak, how much vinegar to use, does it need to be watered down, how much baking soda to mix with how much water, and so on. But with a little bit of time and patience, we
got exactly what we wanted, and without the use of store-bought dyes or chemicals.
Our new mantle is now in place; next up: hearth and stone.
The pictures below show:
Left - The nice part of the barn board, showing browns and blue-greys.
Middle - The underside of a testing piece. The dark part at the bottom and middle were both brushed with the vinegar solution, the bottom one with more water and less vinegar. The light brown part at the top was prior to any solution being added.
Right - The final piece - notice how much closer the colour is to the colour in the first photo.
I taught a coloured pencil techniques workshop recently at a local retirement home. The "students" were all experienced artists, who have worked mostly in watercolour or oil. It was a fun morning, as I watched them begin to experiment with the coloured pencils, blending colours, and becoming more and more focused on their drawings.
As I reflected on the day, I realized just how much they inspired me. It has been a while since I have done a coloured pencil drawing and, as a result of the time I spent with this group of women, I'm feeling that itch to get started on a new drawing. The ideas are flowing in. And I'm looking forward to our next class in August, not only to share my excitement and more knowledge about pencils with them, but to draw upon their enthusiasm once again. Each one of the ladies has their own style, their own way of interpreting what they are seeing. And that makes each drawing so unique. I was truly inspired.
Awakening the heart
Artist - Anne Warburton
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It's taken years to discover the medium I enjoy the most. And how what I have learned before somehow fits into what I am doing now. Even when I travel my needles and threads are with me so I can continue to create while away.