My New Year’s resolution was to create art every day. The only way I could see to do that was to create something small – so I chose Artist Trading Cards. These are little 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards that artists often trade with each other – it’s a mini sampling of the artists work. Unfortunately, I don’t know any other artists who do this, but that’s OK. I’ll be prepared when I DO meet an artist who wants to trade cards : )
Anyway, these are great opportunities to try out new ideas on a mini scale. Jan 1 is above. I used some batiked canvas fabric cut into the 2.5″ x 3.5″ dimensions. I sewed a remnant of a gift tag on as the vase, did free motion embroidery on the sewing machine for leaves, then added funky buttons I purchased 75% off after Christmas for the flowers. I machine edged with a blanket stitch and viola! Number 1 is done!
Jan 2 – Again, the batik cloth and more free motion stitching for flowers. I thought these flowers were quite controlled. It will be interesting to see how I improve as the year progresses. The vase is a button that is supposed to be a present, but it looked like a flower vase to me, so that’s what it is. I added some hand embroidered blanket stitch around the edge with 6 strands of DMC floss – next time I will use less cause I think it’s kinda heavy looking. I also threw in some french knots for texture.
Jan 3 – Batik cloth again and free motion embroidery in the background for interest. I used serged edges I cut off some fabric remnants for stems, and scraps of the fabric for the base of the flowers. More fine free motion machine stitching for the flowers. They ended up a bit busy – live & learn. The vase is just darning stitch covering the base of the stems. I whip stitched, by hand, around the edges and added french knots in the flower centers. The color of the edging is actually hot pink – I guess taking pictures in a western facing bedroom on a sunny afternoon makes all things kinda yellowed…
At least it’s a start and I am enjoying the planning and playing with these little trading cards. Let me know what you think!