Thursday, May 30, 2019

Art Elements Forest Theme Reveal

Wow! I blinked and May has disappeared. This month's theme over at Art Elements was chosen by Sue. I absolutely LOVE this theme. I have so many reference photos from my walks in the woods. I had grandiose ideas for this theme but only managed a few. If you follow the Art Elements blog you can see what consumed most of my time for the past month and a half on yesterday's post.

I did a #30daychallenge last month so I figured that this month I would have tons of extra time to create forest themed projects as well as finish some watercolor workshops I enrolled in. Well....guess what? I made it through one workshop, halfway through 2 more workshops and have very little to show for it. I also made the decision to halt my goddess/spirit doll this month. I had planned at the beginning of the year that would be an ongoing project with one doll per month. I even sketched a greenwoman doll for this month to coincide with the forest theme. But there are only so many hours in a day and I realized I am putting too much pressure on myself right now.  So I am trying to relax and only work on things that really inspire me and get my juices flowing. I plan to not force myself to create if I'm not 'feeling it'. New me-we'll see how far I get with this new process.

Okay, with that said, here are my forest projects.
Looks like I should name them day & night. 
I started the lighter one first. Using a small piece of driftwood as a fallen tree with moss covering it. I then created the stumpwork tree fungi (actually the proper terminology is 'Stereum Ostrea' fungi) that you see on the other darker piece to have growing on the tree. Well that didn't work like I planned. Mainly because I didn't want to glue them and also because I didn't match up my colors very well. I used a reference photo for the fungi and went with those colors rather than something to blend with my lighter piece. So naturally I had to create something just for the fungi. Plus the fungi looked so much better on a darker background.
The first piece above got a different kind of fungi in the form of button mushrooms scattered about an another stumpwork piece at the top-a single leaf with the stitched leaves below. This one was created on eco-printed cotton. The print was very faint in areas, but the leaves were fairly distinct. I just outlined the leaves and did minimal stitching. The stumpwork leaf was created on a piece of felt and cut out to stand out from the flat surface.
Side angle view. The dark tan mushrooms were stitching directly on the fabric using a couple of circles of felt under the stitching to keep the stitches elevated. The small white mushrooms were done on felt and then cut out to add to the flat fabric. The curly, feathery lichen is painted cheesecloth. Painting makes it stiffer than dyeing so it stands up.
A little better view of the stumpwork leaf. And the millions of french knots!
This is eco-printed silk and it's so dark that you can barely see my decaying log that the tree fungi are attached to.
The fungi were intended to e the stars of this piece so I didn't do a lot of stitching on the background fabric. Plus I love the colors of the eco-printed fabric. The silk was pre-dyed with a teal blue dye then printed using rust soaked leaves so the dark gray/black areas are from the rust water.
Hopefully you can see my little needle felted log under the crest fungi. I rolled some wool in a piece of felt, then needle felted it all together to form the log. I stitched the fungi on at intervals tacking it down with tiny stitches to make it curve around the log.
And these were going to be mushrooms only. Never got there but I plan to. I want to really do an up close look at some mushrooms and highlight just one or two on each of these hoops.
So that's it for my 'Found on the Forest Floor' series for now. I enjoyed these and it really makes me want to focus in on smaller items to embroider. Maybe get a lot more detailed with my stitching.

I am really excited to see what everyone has created with this theme. It's such a broad subject that it could encompass so many things. So grab a beverage and read along.
Here's all the participants;

20 comments:

  1. Your stitching is amazing - I am just floored of the artistry of your work.
    Both pieces are gorgeous - I love the different mushrooms you created - plus I love that you used a piece of wood in the piece and are using stitches to keep it place. Awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much! I still want to keep exploring this forest theme. So much fun!

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  2. Wow, Cathy, again! Your stitched pieces are always so fantastic and these are amazing too! I don't really know where you find all the hours in the day! I'm glad that you are taking a little pressure off yourself! Thanks so much for joining in!

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    1. Thank yo so much Sue! I really enjoyed this and when I made the decision to NOT make a goddess/art doll it gave me more time to do these pieces. Which gave me so much more pleasure than forcing myself to rush through the process.

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  3. I love these SO MUCH! Your ability to paint with a needle and thread just amazes me. It's inspiring to say the least.

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    1. Thank yo so much Hope! I keep trying to challenge myself.

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  4. I was already so curious seeing the sneakpeaks and the end results are so wonderful and enchanting! I love both pieces and I could not tell you which one I favor! :)

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  5. Thank you Claire! I can't decide which is my favorite either!

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  6. Thank you bringing alive both day and night at a forest through your rich embroidery. I am sure they will become collectibles in the years to come.

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    1. Thank you so much Divya! I didn't even realize I was creating a night & day scene until I photographed them.

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  7. Your embroidery is stunning and so evocative of the the theme subject! Love them all.

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  8. You are amazing!! I love these pieces they are just fabulous, you are Monet with a needle!

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  9. While I'm sad not to see your fab dolls for awhile, I can say that these two pieces are so fascinating, one can see that your time input was substantial! I love French Knots and that section alone must have taken some bit of time :) . I also love your lichen, I did notice the needle felted log too. All of your work is stunning, as I've said before. I understand the need to not rush and have too many projects in the works, I'm trying to finish my Full Moon personal project today (the 31st) .... Alysen

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  10. I am a bit sad also Alysen but I didn't think my art doll project through when I started. I should've created them with a similar pattern and theme so the collection would be more cohesive. I think that's why my desire fizzled a bit. Maybe next year. Besides, I got hooked on doing an embroidery piece relating to the full moon each month thanks in part to you and your ongoing moon projects. I won't tell anyone that your May moon is a little late;-) Thanks for your lovely compliments!

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  11. I am utterly amazed at all the realistic textures you can created with thread. The colors are perfectly combined as well. Totally gorgeous works.

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy! I am trying to 'paint' with threads;-)

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  12. They're incredible Cathy, I love the dimension you get to your embroidery. Stunning work!

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