Saturday, 16 November 2013

Arts Club at the Library

Back in June and July, (pre and post-flood Calgary) Jan and I did several workshops at library branches using readily available and cost conscious items to make creative mixed media brooches.
Needled Felted and Embroidered Brooches
The first project that we did was a combination of a machine needle felted backing with hand embroidery stitches and embellishments. Each participant was given a square of the needle felted background and cut the shape they wanted for their brooch. Then they used embroidery floss to stitch, add beads or sequins and then blanket stitch around the edge to finish.

Mixed Media Brooches

The second project was a mixed media piece with each participant given a rubber stamped impression of a lady's face in craft foam that they coloured with metallic markers. In their kit they were also given a variety of fibre pieces including a heat distressed piece of felt, organza, heat distressed and painted Tyvek. Several of the gals found them so fun that they made 2 of them.

Zipper Brooches

The final project that we did at several branch libraries was a brooch made with one side of a metal zipper, some heat distressed felt leaves, crystal brads and beads.  We had several mom and daughter duos at one branch and even the little gals found this a relatively easy project to complete, with mom's help of course! They all went home with them proudly pinned to their backpacks.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Fog Tuesday

Design Element – Line
Warm Up Collages - Design Element LINE

“ A mark, long in its proportion to its breadth, made on a surface with a pen, pencil, tool, etc.”
  •  Lines can be thick or thin, open or closed, curved, angular, broken or solid.
  • Lines can be parallel, directional, frenetic, controlled or textural.
  • Line is most often used to define shape in a two dimensional artwork.
  • Line is often referred to as “the most basic element of design” yet this simple element functions in complex ways. Used effectively, line expresses a variety of verbal and visual concepts. Line works either by itself or in conjunction with other lines to communicate messages and impact audience.
  • Direction 
  • Vertical lines suggest strength and power. An example on line direction is this grouping of tall buildings, or a single tall building - lines going upwards, visually pulling your eye up. Line can be used to suggest the path your eye should follow and where it should rest.
  • Horizontal lines symbolize tranquility and rest. This state reflects objects parallel to the earth that are “at rest in relation to gravity." Examples of horizontal lines are those in ocean waves and horizons.
  • Diagonal lines convey a feeling of action or direction: (Lightning)
  • Weight The weight of a line conveys meaning as well. Thinner lines suggest weakness, while thicker lines convey power.
  • Emotion Lines can imply emotion such as fatigue, contentment, relaxation, or frustration.  Long curvy lines suggest looseness.
  • Focus A line draws the audience's attention to a specific object. An example is an arrow pointing to one man in a crowd. A more subtle example is a path leading to an abandoned house.
  • Texture Finally, many lines work together to form texture, providing images with more depth.