june 29

06-29-15 "nomad"
06-29-15 “nomad”

5×3″ acrylic

This piece is all acrylic, but some of the shapes are dried acrylic paint blobs from the palette that I have collaged over the brushed-on acrylic background. When I had the dried paint pieces just sitting on white paper, it reminded me of Don Quixote. After I painted the background, it lost some of that for me, but the feeling is still there. No horse, though.

june 28

06-28-15 "the real path"
06-28-15 “the real path”

4×5″ thread, acrylic paint on paper

One more use (so far) of the sewing machine on paper. I used the zig-zag stitch for this piece, but again, preferred the look of the back of the paper. I brushed on the acrylic colors, sometimes mixing and blending on the paper itself. I think it needs a little something more, but this is it for now.

june 27

06-27-15 "spiral tones"
06-27-15 “spiral tones”

4×5″ thread, acrylic paint on paper

I decided to use the old sewing machine again while it is still sitting on my desk. I (crudely) stitched a spiral on the paper. Once it was done, I looked at both sides of the paper and preferred the look of the backside, so that is what you see. Then I brushed on three transparent acrylic colors, each diluted with a little glazing liquid. This was a fun little project, and relatively quick which is helpful these days!

june 23

06-23-15 "money talks"
06-23-15 “money talks”

7×8″ (approx.) fabric, thread, shredded currency

The title and general idea of this one have been on my to-do list for awhile. Last week, I had to trim and re-hem some pants, so retrieved my 30+-year-old, faded plastic, Singer sewing machine from the closet shelf. I know I should have the machine cleaned and oiled, but I so rarely use it these days. I made do with its cranky parts to bind the raw edge of the hem (but then finished the actual hemming with hand-sewing).

Anyway, I have been wanting to do something in other media again, so took advantage of the availability of the sewing machine to do a little different kind of piece. What else should I do while the machine is handy?