Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wrinkles, fibers, twine and rope

I'm really pleased with how the poster dried....and it IS wrinkled but I knew it would do that...there are several tips in the comments of yesterday's post that help prevent the wrinkles in such a large piece of paper. I love using spray give a wonderful pristine finish ~ just spray the back of the paper and position carefully and press. I love Elmer's Spray Glue that I find at Walmart for such a good price. But for this piece, I want it to have an old look to it ~

With the light shining down from the top of the piece you can see them very good!

I gathered a few things that I thought I could somehow incorporate into the piece. The sides seem plain to me and need something. Maybe along the seam line where the text meets the edge of the poster. Twines, jute, sisal and hemp are wonderful art supplies. They can be unraveled and the fibers are so great to use. I've used sisal fibers before threaded through a needle and inserted into a cheek of a stuffed animal that I'd made to create whiskers....just secured each one with a speck of glue at the insertion and exit points.

And you know how much I love cheesecloth!

I just played with the items, adding them, taking them away.....even a few small branches were added but it didn't seem right. I love arranging things and looking at them awhile before I commit with the glue.

Finally I tore a few strips from this wonderful fabric that Marcie gave has such an earthy look to me ~

I haven't decided what to do's just fun playing ~

With "nesting" materials on the brain, I Google'd it and found these cool items found in bird supply stores! I think I need some.....who knew you could find art supplies in a bird shop?!

I believe the bundle below is coconut fibers....

Look at everything with an artful eye....and ask yourself if you can use it in your artwork?

Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday sweet friends ~
xxoo, Dawn


Suzann said...

that is absolutely amazing! I want to use that somewhere. Great idea.

Dorthe said...

Hi Dawn,
your piece looks so wonderfull, I am exited to see it finished.

All the things you have showed looks like great materials to add, and work with, -thanks for alwayes adding great ideas, for us to look with new eyes on diff.things.

Wishes you a wonderfull day sweet,
hope little Clara and Noa are doing fine.
Love and hugs

The Other Side of Me said...

Good Morning, Dawn,

How are you, Sweetie? I hope you are feeling great. I love what you are doing with the poster.

Try a place that I found on line for all kinds of bird things and supplies called The Fat Finch.

Have a great week.

sepiadreams said...

Looks better by the minute. I adore wrinkles on these kind of projects, but not on my face (LOL). Again, I say your creativity amazes me..Love Tiina....

Anonymous said...

That is looking great! I don't normally like wrinkles, but with your piece I am seeing how they go well with certain things. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day!


natalea said...

love this Dawn! I definitely look at EVERYTHING I see with the thought "how can I work this into art?" on my mind- it's amazing how little new things you need to buy (besides glues!) when you do this!
xo natalea

madrekarin said...

It looks lovely. Who would think they would sell nesting material? You're going to start a new craze! lol

Anonymous said...

Oh Dawn, the bird supply stores are going to wonder where all of these women came from who are going to begin ordering nesting materials!! LOL! Wow! What a wonderful brainstorm you had! This stuff is fabulous! Did you tell Barbara Jean, the nest-maker of all time? :-)

Loving your bird collage already!

Sally L. Smith said...

Love the "stuff" over the fabric. How about a longer bent twig coming up the left that curves over the top and placing an itty bitty nest with eggs
in the upper branch?
I love your work--what fun!

kathy said...

I love every idea -- so vintage looking - also the bird nest -things - wonderful - Kathy - ga

Unknown said...

Dawn , what a beautiful poster , I adore cavalleni too!
Awesome idea with the nesting materials! , I had just posted a little nest that I had made the other day, I wove it from wild grasses, dried flowers and old lichen from around our yard, ( your way would be a lot quicker1 ) gorgeous work as always!
Cheers , Helen

A Wild Thing said...

I love the way your brain works...nothing is lost in Nature, everything has a purpose...we just gotta figger it out. Our high-powered brains just gotta go back in time to when we really had to use what we the fabric strips...have fun friend!


Vee said...

It's already beautiful and I am trying hard to imagine what you'll do next all the while knowing that it will be spectacular.

Sandy said...

I am loving the results so far! Have a dreamy day!

Anonymous said...

Job well done....can't wait to see it when it's done.

Nadine said...

Wow, I thought it was cute yesterday, but it just keeps getting better - I love the vintage look to it!

Nan said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I have a page torn from a vintage catalog titled "A Girl in Her Garden". Now I know what to do with it!!! Love the idea-can't wait to try it. Thanks again! Nan

Marilyn Miller said...

I have been away for a couple weeks. Missed visiting you here. Thanks for sharing your creative adventures with us.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Sweeet Dawn,

I thought I would share this with you. Since moving down here I've had to do a mess of improvising on materials. I can't tell exactly how matte your finish is in the picture. But I experimented with white school glue and water for decoupage medium. I thin it down so that it's slightly runnier (I don't think that's a word?) then Modge Podge then paint it on with a sponge brush. It dries with a nice matte finish and if I want it more matte I buff it with one of those $ store foam nail buffer :)I love the look, I can buy white glue by the gallon any where, it's really cheap, and I don't loose my mind trying to run all over town trying to locate stuff.

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Barbara Jean said...

That nesting material looks really great.

I'll have to check that out, although, if i don't start making something besides bird nests, there won't be any room in the store for anything else. =0)

Barbara Jean

The Rustic Victorian said...

Just BE-U-TEE-Full Miz Dawn!


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