Postcards and Mandalas

This was the weekend for completing my postcards for the month. The theme for Postcards From Around the World was to mix things up a bit and use bits and bobs of anything you fancied using up or having a play with. No theme was given for the Free Motion postcard group so I used this as an opportunity to practise a technique from the Getting Started with Art Quilts course I am following (http://academyofquilting.com/myacademy/getting-started-with-quilt-art) which is fusible applique-ing with a shadow. The flower postcard was my first attempt and I am quite pleased with it. I hope the recipient likes it as much.

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These are the 2 for the ‘Mix It Up’ theme:

 

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All the postcards have been done against the same background as you can see. This was a fat quarter-sized piece of free motion quilting I did for this purpose. The remainder will no doubt be used as a background for some future piece of work. I worked in marked 1″ wide rows to create this background piece and just tried out a variety of pre-drawn patterns that have been hanging around in my sketch book for a while.

A bit more progress has been made on Mixed Media Mandalas (Louise Gale – Creative Costa – http://louisegale.com/workshops/mixed-media-mandala-online-class). This is a very simple design made with a compass and the same size circle throughout. I drew and coloured it, then collaged it with papers and finally thread painted it on my trusty Janome. Great fun.

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The next part of this course is working on backgrounds so lots of painting days coming up. Watched Louise’s video for her ideas on backgrounds – also watched Kim Thittichai on Colouricious (http://colouricious.com/) using painted newspaper and painted Bondaweb, so I have the full video for that on order. Just waiting now for my Bondaweb and Calico order to arrive from the UK. I am hoping it will be there when I go into town to my postbox tomorrow, then I have the job of convincing the local merceria (haberdasher’s) to stock it so I can top up my supplies a little more easily! Spent Saturday afternoon painting up the pages of an old newspaper in readiness which was great until the wind started to blow – picture me chasing coloured sheets of paper before they blew down into the garden! Well, got to get the exercise somehow I suppose…

 

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