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“After all, hope is a form of planning. If our hopes weren’t already real within us, we couldn’t even hope them.”Gloria Steinem

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sky according to Lucy

"the Sky", said Lucy "is full o diamonds...."
Sky is the February theme for the atc trade.that is a broad topic of color
 to choose from!
how about all o them.
i must have a zillion sunset colored photos and dozens of painted one in postcards form. so where did my art part brain wander to this time?
To a song. again.
once again a piece of music, a song with the word Sky in it caught my attention.
pick me pick me  it said ,so the designing began.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was my inspiration.
i painted on a webbed recycled cloth with inks and used it to mono print
 the cotton fabric.
you can see it in the upper left corner of photo above.
here is close up of the first print. i added more inks as needed
for the ones that followed.
once again i quilted free-motion with a metallic thread in a pale gold.
the above photo shows front and back quilted in the sun and spirals of my imagination.
much to my delight the threads never broke on making 9 cards and i did not even change to a metallic needle. i just used my old dull one that had recently sewn on paper. i close up the  envelopes i make  or old calendar pages with a nice zig-zag stitch
 in colorful threads.
perhaps my singing of  "tangerine trees and marmalade skies"  made for
 good vibrations!
just in case you may have forgotten the words, this song is on the
 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album by the Beatles.
i hand stitched some diamond colored tiny glass beads all around the edges, usually one at a time using a quilitng needle. i know i know, this takes up a bit of time but i enjoy taking some hand work out on the deck where i can enjoy
 the clouds loafing along in the sky.
i call this trade             Sky according to Lucy.
(once upon a time long ago i had a mare by the name of Sky.)
the little twirled painted coffee filters above will dry into a sort of tie dye pattern.
when they are dry i iron them flat again and wrap my art cards in them to
help protect the art in transit.
here is some of the paper i  used in  this trade.
SO,what music has inspired you lately?

Oh, if you click on sunset top photo,
can you see the cat in the foreground?