Sunday, January 10, 2010

MMM: Try Something New

"Dumb Birds"
5 X 7 Canvas Board
Loving this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt: try something new. I had some new products that I wanted to experiment with (Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint and my new - oh so pretty - box of Martha Steward glitters to name two) and this seemed the perfect excuse. In addition to the new products, I also wanted to try my hand at some new techniques. With that in mind, I played around with the idea of paper piecing with fabric. I have long admired birds (in artwork and in general) but I just can't seem to get the look I want with pens. When playing around with the idea of creating what I wanted via fabric, a whole new world was opened up to me. I love the concept, and when I found vintage text to support the theme (from the 1957 Learning to Read picture book that was still lying around from last week's piece), it all came together.
This piece was made using a canvas board (crushing on these lately), acrylic, the new crackle paints (in broken china and picket fence) both under and over glitter, fabric and Swarovski crystals. The shoes were made from fabric backed with cardstock so that I could cut them out easily. The sentiment, "dumb birds" came from the chick herself: why should one fly when there are so many beautiful shoes to choose from?
Thank you for looking! To see more pieces on Something New, please check out www.MixedMediaMonday.wordpress.com.

63 comments:

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kristin!!! this is beautiful....you always inspire me with your posts!!!

Say hello to Kendra too!!!

Hugs
Diana

LiveArt said...

what a fun and sweet idea!! love your bird!!

Linda

Barbara Hagerty said...

I love it, Kristin! What a wonderful collage, and I love the hinges and wire, too!!

Willy said...

What a marvellous piece, Kristin.

indybev said...

You've been inspired by Angi Sullins and Silas Toball in the last Digital Studios just as I was, and you've channeled the entry I have waiting to post on Wednesday at Three Muses! I love your walking fish fellow....and I hope you'll love mine!! Wasn't it fun? Good work!

Nancy B said...

Love the shoes on the bird and the Swarovski crystals!

Diane said...

Hi Kristin, this is first time I participated in mixed meda mondays, and I found your entry--this is so absolutely cool!!

Kris Dickinson said...

So sweet and whimsical!

Hermine said...

This looks great!

indybev said...

Me back again, Kristin. Perhaps Angi and Silas got their idea from you! In the Autumn 2009 issue of Digital Studios, Page 9 is a full page piece of a tall fish with top hat and stripey legs wearing roller skates! I swear! The flip page is 3 flamingos wearing red boots, and I'm drying to try one of those! AND, now that I really study yours again, I see it's a bird and not a fish! Oh, I wear egg on my face SO well ......

Cindy said...

Wow, how neat!! Great results and it looks like you had fun making it too! Beautiful colors too! Hugs, Cindy

Sandy said...

Oh wow this is darling.
Absolutely gorgeous.

johanna said...

so funny and whimsical!! marvelous piece!!

WrightStuff said...

This is great fun. Love the use of old hinges too. I've got a box full of such stuff in the shed and now I am inspired to use them in my art! Those boots were made for walking... I'll have to get me some of that crackle paint I think...

Diane said...

Kristin, this is so much fun - and I absolutely LOVE the quote! Diane

Elegia said...

Oh, this is so cute <3 ! And i love the pharse in it: Most birds can fly, so sweet!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

What a wonderful creation.
Love the fantastic bird!!!
Great work.

Martina2801 said...

Stunning work. Love your creation.

Silvia said...

How fantastic, it looks beautiful. Love the colours.

haendi said...

Your little bird is absolutely adorable, and the use of fabric is very good.

Amy said...

beautiful..I adore the painted hinge's and the wire...wonderful image..so cute and whimsical. Cute shoe's..cute everything!!

Heather Robinson said...

Kristin, this is just an exciting piece! I'm so intrigued by the myriad of ideas and materials used to create it. The end result is very imaginative artwork. Bravo.

Nicola said...

Hi Kristin what a cute piece! I love how much you experiment! It's wonderful! Thank you for your lovely visit, I see you have been very busy with your journal pages. Loving all the textures great work!

Janny said...

It's really beautiful!

*jean* said...

wonderful! i especially love the green hinges!!

Priscilla said...

What a beautiful yet fun project. TFS
Priscilla

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