Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Today I received my gorgeous CG July PC from Doreen. It really is the prettiest pink BG and the flower petals are just wonderful. The blanket stitch around the outside is perfect. Thank you Doreen.
I struggled this month both with the imagery and the verse for the July PC above. In the end I decided to concentrate on the verse and think about the concept of friendship in the face of adversity.
I tried to think of a simplification for this to put into Google images and came up with friends in the rain. I found this delightful image and set about customising it.
Firstly I converted it to B&W. I then put a chalk and charcoal filter on it, in PS, to give it more of a painterly feel and then put a sepia tone on it, as I had decided to try and give the impression of one of those greeting cards that you can get, that look like vintage photographs.
And then I cropped it to size.
Now to the textile bit. I had 2 ideas in mind here, one was to use some of the Jacob’s fleece that I’d bought at the rare breed show and the other was to get some use out the embellisher. So I ended up embellishing the fleece mixed in with some Marino wool tops and a little bit of silk fibres to hold down the antique lace that I’d found at car boot sale.
I printed the image onto Bubble jet treated calico and embellished this down to the BG. I finished off with some FME just to hold those areas that were a bit loose after the embellishing. I then printed the verse on the reverse of the PC.