Friday, June 4, 2010

Playing with Shiva Sticks

Another small project finished this morning as I work through the 3CS TOM [technique of the month].  This little postcard started as a small off-cut of avocado silk dupion.  I had a package of stick on leaves in various shapes [purchased from one of those dollar stores].  I used three 'grapey' leaves as a 'mask', then used a stiff bristle stencil brush to apply some gold shiva to the background.  Once the oil was cured, I pulled the leaves away.  There is a small amount of machine stitching around the perimeter to highlight the leaf shapes.  

I hope this close up shows the beaded bunch of grapes.  This beading was done on two layers of purple felt prior to attaching to the background, then a few more beads added at the sides of the 'bunch'.  Fortunately, I had some DMC memory 'thread' which made an excellent little dimensional tendril to finish off.  The back fabric is a soft green cotton that I dyed myself.  This was a quick and fun project.  I am thoroughly enjoying my time on the 3CS forum, the ladies are always coming up with something interesting for us to try.

11 comments:

Linda said...

Drat, some felt still visible!!! Light not good at my place this morning, too much fog!!!

Iceni UK said...

Linda, I love the vine design, all those little beads.... just so lovely.

It's hot and sunny here. :)

JulietteCherry said...

This is lovely. The grapes look good enough to eat.

Jensters said...

Lol Linda i cant see any felt and i have got my glasses on!! This is so stunning and those beads are just the right colour....i must explain my sewing more like this....its interesting. x

Linda said...

Thanks again ladies. Jen, I love to hear how people arrive at the finished result, so thought explaining 'my way' might be of interest. Sometimes I have a plan, sometimes things evolve and take on a life of their own as they are being made........... I have had those 'purple iris' beads for such a long time.

Robin Mac said...

This is lovely Linda. My eyesight is not good, but I can't see any sign of felt. I have lots of different shapes of beads in that coolour and I love using them. Fine and sunny here today. Cheers, Robin

DIAN said...

Linda, this is lovely. What a lovely idea - using the shiva for the background to set the whole design off. Love the grapes.
These monthly challenges are great fun. So much to try out.

Radka said...

You clever girl, this is very nice!

michelle said...

Linda this is fabulous ! this was a great technique to play with and i love what you did with it awesome !

Elizabeth Braun said...

Oooh, I like this! What a lovely bunch of grapes!=)

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your card is just super. I loved also how you used the shiva sticks to paint with. The beaded grapes are perfect. Lovely creative card. Hugs Judy