Its been very nice to see the interest in our Romantic Gothic Ghosts day in the studio on October the 6th! We have a lucky 13 signed up so far, before we have shown our projects for the day. I hope that showing them now doesn't spook our guests away...
You'd think that maybe, these would make me think of teaching a book of some kind???
Well, it would make sense to use the pages in art journals. But instead, I was intrigued by using just one section, the poem about the Raven.
(no name for the creation yet, I hope I can come up with something better than that eventually)
Garish Halloweens, Nevermore!
I wish we could do the felting itself that day, but it has to be ready ahead of time. So, I bought a couple of men's 100% wool sweaters at the Goodwill (geez, when did GW prices go so sky high??? $5 each for a crappy, worn out sweater???)
I boiled them in a big pot with liquid Rit dye to turn them a deep, rich black.
Then, drew a raven pattern, cut it out and stitched it up.
I AM NOT A SEWER. If you aren't either, don't be scared!
But- this was fast and easy. Black thread on a black bird doesn't have to be perfect, it hardly shows.
She is trimmed out with pretty black feathers, lace and glitter, then topped with a crown that we will make from antique brass window screening, and decorate with rhinestones. We'll make a strand of pearls for her neck, create the nest, and the arch with the banner and cover it in old millinery blooms.
And of course, the stack of books that the teacup rests on is included. We'll bundle up stacked pages (pre-coffee stained) and tie them with lace and ribbons to use as a stage for our teacup-raven-thingy.
Beth is busy whipping up her class idea too, and from what I saw Friday, its going to be really nice. Hers is a Gypsy fortune teller's guide book of some sort. To be used an art journal. And I gave her one of my Poe books to take apart so she could share the pages with everyone. So, the garage sale books do get to be in an art journal after all.
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Well, just because I don't use the colors much, doesn't mean they aren't just right for someone's project. And these are nice, old flowers that deserve a good project to be included in.
And this might be way off season, but here is something new in the Boutique too.