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Art Experiments

Art Experiments

It's finally sunny and warm so I moved my art making outside. This time I tried to mash up two mediums that I enjoy: charcoal and punch needle embroidery.

I figure I like working in the fiber arts but I also really enjoy rendering in charcoal. I like a good amount of negative space and I like art that is small and can be appreciated more individually.

I tried drawing the images first on the weavers cloth. I actually started with fabric markers but wasn't feeling that at all. I switched to charcoal and it held up nicely on the fabric. It blended o.k. and actually had a nice look when I got it wet. That really pushed the charcoal into the fibers. I decided I didn't like using the colorful embroidery floss at all instead I was preferring a monochromatic palette.

My thinking was to use the texture of the punch needle to add new shadow and dimension to my drawings.

I abstracted further and further experimenting with different colors and texture lengths etc... I'm not satisfied with any of these but it did get me thinking about another approach I can try where I really take advantage of the fact that the image is on fabric instead of paper. 

Living "Artily" at the Amusement Park

Living "Artily" at the Amusement Park

New Art Learning Standards

New Art Learning Standards