Just to catch up to where we are in the challenge…past the half-way mark in the year already! Sometimes it took a couple of tries before I felt I got it right. That was the case with Weaving; it took three versions before I sort of liked the results.
ABOVE: A. Seed Stitch, B. Pistil Stitch, C. Daisy Chain Stitch, D. Fly Stitch, E. Couching with Cross Stitch, F. French Knots, G. Tatting, H. Blanket Stitch, and I. Bullion Stitch.
Anne asked the group to re-do one of the previous tags and send it off to her so she can post them on a map to show where everyone is from. I think she’s going to be overwhelmed with tags! I thought it would be fun to make a Stitch Sampler highlighting what I have learned so far. Some stitches, like bullion and pistil, I thought I would NEVER use again, but they’ve become two of my favorites now. On Instagram, Anne is @hannemadebyanne and her website is annebrooke.co.uk, if you’d like to check out her work.
Having a project like the #52tagshannemade to work on has become such an enjoyable habit this year. Each week, on Friday, we get a prompt and demonstration from Anne for the next week’s challenge. Anne Brooke is an artist and teacher living in West Yorkshire, England who posts on YouTube. I don’t remember now how I found out about her, but I’m happy I did!
The assignment for Week 5 of the online course was to make abstracts with tissue paper, either hand painted, or already colored. I used both, since I had a stash of colored tissue already at hand. I love making abstract art, mostly non-representational, so this was an enjoyable project. These are the four that I posted.
I’ve started an online collage course with Randel Plowman, an artist whose work I LOVE. Each week we get an assignment, so there will be no reason for me not to make art. For the next fifty-two weeks. Oh boy!
The project for the first week was to gather material, set a timer for five minutes, and make a collage. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to only work for that short amount of time.
There is no shortage of scraps in boxes and bins, but arranging them quickly was an experience. It was something I really enjoyed and I think I will continue to do this as a warm-up.
Our second week’s project was to make monotone collages, so there are four different works, in red, blue, green and yellow. No time limit for this one, but maybe there should’ve been. I pondered over these way too much.
It probably appeared as though I had vanished from the blogging world, and I will just say that I was distracted by other things. Namely, knitting. It’s become my new obsession. But I want to get back to drawing, collaging and painting, so I thought the best way to keep myself on track was to reboot my blog. I’m going to try.
I did this gelli-printed piece to give an artist friend. We’re always talking about all the supplies and messes we have in our workrooms and this sentiment is perfect!