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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

I've been doing some stitching on Wedding Piece #2 in between preparations for Christmas and doing my knee exercises, although not much progress has been made.
a bit of colour was added to the monogram with whipping and/or couching the existing stitches with single ply embroidery floss

'pearl' bead centers were added to many of the Josephine Knot flowers
 Some letters are being stitched with lots more work to come
 Our tree is trimmed as we await the arrival of family and friends.

May you enjoy this Festive Season surrounded by those you love.
Wishing you Joy and Peace, Much Love,
And a New Year filled with Promise.
Stay warm and safe.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

"God Bless us, everyone!"

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Post

Happy December!
I sure hope this month will be filled with lots of fun and happy activities for each of you. I'm still recuperating from my knee surgery, and I'm being very good and doing all my exercises to reclaim full movement in my knee joint.
What have I been up to since the surgery? Well, healing for the first week or so, and then I decided to pick up my needles and thread, and return to Wedding Piece #2.

 more stitching to do on the B

I'm contemplating adding some pale colours to the monogram

Picture cream seed beads as centers for the Josephine Knot flower cascade
 in the top left corner of the Wedding Piece

still unfinished

woven picot leaves, bullions, french knots abound
more of the same, and yet, different........

lots more to add to this piece

I decided my angel for the Guild Swap needed a little more........

the fancy picot tatting shows on both sides
I added it and some Josephine Knot cascade hair to the other side of my angel

it's on its way to the swap

Then, it was time to return to the gessoed canvas.

I had mentioned egg shells ..................washed, dried, and crumbled

I used 4 eggs

mixing gesso, and acrylic paint

I saw this online, and thought it was a brilliant idea

I mixed the gesso and paint, then folded in the egg shell crumbles

it makes a great texture

it looks rather like corn flakes in milk, doesn't it?

spread into the flower center, I allowed it to dry overnight, then added more colours--yellow, green, golden browns
while wet, I sprinkled on a bit of gold glitz for a touch of bling

once dried, I added a layer of pouring medium to seal all the layers

painting the background......

first layer of acrylic paint colour

hmmm, those leaves look a little too dinky.........


more shading on the petals....

lighten and brighten and shadow......

hmmm, there are some vertical lines showing on the top right petal

I'm wondering if it will bother me.....

dried overnight, and a bit of the highlights have faded........

maybe I'll add a few more. What do you think?

I'll let this painting sit for a few days while I evaluate it each time I walk past the studio......

I think it sort of pops

You might enjoy watching this video about seeing our beautiful world in colour.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

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