2021 Topic 6: Mandala Mix
There is something sumptuous about a project using fabric, and Etsuko has made such a wonderful mandala using stitching, embroidery and more. You'll love all the incredible details that come together in this creative piece of art.
Hi everyone, it's Etsuko (My favorite things) with you today, and I'd like to share with you Mandala Mix using fabulous Gwen Lafleur stamps collection.
I made the Mandala that was a mix of embroidery and paper painting. The technique of incorporating embroidery into paper crafting is one that Gwen Lafleur has introduced many times on her blog and in her workshops, and I was so inspired that I created the project here using the technique. (Her embroidery tutorial video is here).
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The first step was to stamp and embroider the focal point, EGL09 tribal stamp, and the surrounding EGL13, EGL09 flower stamps on these fabrics.
The tribal image was partially painted with Fresco Acrylic Paints Sorbet and Lemon Meringue using medium and embroidered on blue cotton fabric using multi coloured embroidery thread and beads.
This is the tribal background, where I stamped EGL09 and EGL13 these flowers on the linen and stenciled Gwen's some stencil around it with Fresco Finish Gold.
Using only embroidery was a little insufficient, so I made embellishments. First I painted Fresco Finish Gold on Smoothy A4 white card, stamped EGL04 small fish by VersaFine Clear Acorn, with clear embossing powder. Then I cut one row at a time and sewed on with gold thread.
Blue alcohol inks on the acetate, stamped EGL14 by Fresco Finish Gold and cut out the leaves to make sequins.
Then I created two different trim line bases for the ellipse border, the background and for EGL07 the lotus flowers for the four corners.
For the red one, I painted Fresco Finish London Bus all over on the Smoothy A4 white card and stamped EGL06 using Fresco Finish Tangerine Twist and Byzantium respectively. On the other hand, for the blue one, I painted Fresco Finish Southern Skies, Turquoise and Smurf then after it dried, I added a thin layer of Pumpkin Soup with water.
I stenciled Arabesque by VersaFine Clear Nocturne but the dark colour seemed a little creepy so I embossed with gold.
Finally I used black cardstock for the background and embossed the EGL10 butterflies in baked Texture Altered Page. I distressed the trim and the red frame with Sepia Archival.
It's a lot of fun to assemble with different materials. However, it is always my challenge to create a sense of unity.
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