Saturday, June 02, 2007

A "Finished Object" and progress made

This is my entry for Shashi's cookbook in Cookbook Round Robin on the FabricDollArt list. All ready for mailing -- woo hoo!! I kind of wish now that I had printed the recipe out on a transparency instead of vellum so you could see the watercolor painting underneath better, but I am still satisfied with the effect. I look forward to tweaking this process more in the future. Geez, I love to paint!

My next painting project will be a little more unorthodox. I have some girl's Levi's jackets in excellent condition that I want to try "unpainting" with bleach I've got the designs all worked out... now I just need to find the time to sit down and do it. I've been experimenting with a bleach pen made by Clorox that makes the whole process pretty easy.

Here you can see some of the results of my experiments on denim. The numbers refer to the number of minutes I left the bleach on the fabric. The "90" is darker because I began with wet fabric in the first place. Yes, I know you shouldn't add another variable to a test, but I didn't think of that until later. sigh...

Stay tuned for further updates!

I haven't abandoned my doll making either, but... is this about the scariest doll head you've ever seen? Ugh! I am just going to have to Have Faith in the designer of this one as I have seen some spectacular dolls made from this pattern. There will be another layer of fabric over all this as a "skin", as well as eyelids to tone down the goggle-eyed stare, but in the meantime, I have to say it again... UGH!!

This is the body of the doll for the above head. Again, I am going on faith as the limbs seem to be a very odd shape to me, but we'll just see won't we. The idea for this doll was inspired by the "Judith" paintings of Gustav Klimt. Who could resist the great story line involved as well as the fabulous imagery he created... not me! This is one of the more ambitious dolls I have ever attempted, so we will just have to see how it all comes together.

Still threading the loom, so no progress to report there. The soy silk thread is a delight to handle though, so I will just enjoy the process. One of these days I will learn to settle down and do one thing from start to finish instead of having so many multiple projects going at once... or maybe not, LOL!


Kerry said...

Your page is beautiful, Shashi will love it! I like the idea of world peace cookies. I have had a bleach pen for over a year now and have never used it, although I look at it every once in awhile and wonder what I'll end up using it for. The doll is coming along wonderfully, even though yes it is scary at the moment the body looks great!

Kai said...

First, the cookie recipe looks YUMMY! And what a gorgeous page! You PAINTED that? Second - Wow! The bleach idea is brilliant. I need a bleach pen NOW! I'm SO serious! What a COOL idea, and I have a black skirt that technique should work beautifuly on! Finally, the doll. I don't think she's UGLY! And you know my favorite thing about her? Don't laugh - her KNEES! I also love that she can stand alone! (Even HEADLESS! LOL!) My guess is, she'll end up being a BEAUTY and one of your favorite dolls once she's completed!

Sherry Goshon ODACA said...

love the recipe and the doll will be awesome...i've seen many of them in progress tehee
and yepper i do like the bleach pens but like the discharge gel at dharma's better teehee

Judi said...

She's looking exactly like she should! Scary as it may be, LOL.

I also have had a bleach pen for years - bought it to do disharge and never did.

The peace cookie page is awesome!

Linda said...

Beautiful cookie recipe, the doll is wonderful...can't wait to see the next step.

Louisiana Momma said...

ahhh the plight of all of us die-hard crafters.. doing one project at a time.. but there are so many fun patterns and so little time!! As always your work is wonderful.. YOu working on another beading project yet??

Bear said...

wowee wot a brilliant page Shashi is going to adore it- heavens its like magical as if you were doing a bear and playing with fibre -beads and all sorts of fab stuff girl this is BEAUTIFUL
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxox

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh I love that page Judi. You are such a wonderful artist and it is might kind of everyone to continue with my cookbook. I really wish I could have stayed on but I know I would take ages to finish the books as I am away again to India next week for 3 weeks then I get back and will be back off again sometime in August. Wouldn't have been fair on any of you.
I do love the shape of that doll she has a lovely body. Can't wait to see how you finish her.