Next week is when swap members have to post the Artist’s Trading Cards (ATCs) they have been working on for the latest Very Berry Handmade ATC Swap.
The theme for the current swap is “Autumn” – perhaps not the most original theme, but I think that might actually stimulate some interesting ideas. Amazingly, the idea for the design of my ATC came to me very early on in the swap. These are the materials I amassed to be able to work on the idea.
|Beginning to cut out the leaves|
The design is an autumn bonfire of leaves – the last blaze of summer.
The leaves have been stuck onto the fabric backing using a fabric bonding powder. I then needle-felted tiny amounts of several colours of merino wool tops to create a smoky effect. The colours I used were: a soft pale grey, a charcoal grey, a muddy beige and a mid-brown the next stage was to add the ‘flames’.
I made these using slashes of sheer fabrics in yellow, mauve, burgundy, pink shades. I attached the flames by hand-stitching. That stitching also highlighted the flames.
|Leaves, smoke and flames|