Mini crates complete! Shall be using shortly in one of my photographs, perhaps as a platform for photographing fused glass barrettes.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Trying Out Concepts in Photoshop Prior to Building: Miniature Theater Set/Props for Merrikin Designs/Felt Artistic Creations Photo Background
I've been playing with the idea of using blocks to support the fused glass barrettes to raise them up in the picture frame a bit. Originally they were to be black but then I started thinking about the crates I made for a production of Lady Pirates of Captain Bree. Perhaps they would work as a miniature prop as well? However I didn't want to spend the time painting a mini version only to find it detracted from the glass art so I decided to test out the idea in Photoshop first.
|From Lady Pirates of Captain Bree Set.|
I began by isolating each component to test on stage in Photoshop using the lasso tool and then cutting/pasting into the theater file. Quickly added a color overlay and some shadows to give more of a realistic feel of what I could expect if all items were physically present.
End result: I think it works. Stay tuned - will show the actual painted blocks on the mini stage in my next post to see how they turned out.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
|Nimbus (aka Silver Cloud), English Angora Rabbit|
|Toby, Havanese dog|
Next on my felted projects list...a grumpy cat of sorts. Hope to have him done in a few days and will post the finished piece on this blog.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|Abominable Snow Bunny|
My next felt project is going to be a frog but I found I did not have the greens on hand that I wish to use. I took small jars and put them in a pot with water. I mixed small quantities of dye in each year with vinegar and water. The next step was to wet the wool with room temperature water and then submerge in the jar. Once the wool/dyes are in place in the pot, I see the stove burner temperature to "3" which is just below a low simmer. Once the water is hot to the touch, I set the timer for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, the burner is turned off and allowed to cool to room temperature. When cool (usually 4-5 hours), rinse in room temperature water, and allow to dry.
- I found I had more consistent coverage with dye when the roving was wet with plain water rather than tossed into the dye dry.
- Braiding the roving before submerging in dyes also helps with preventing felting of wool.
- When removing the roving before it is allowed to cool to room temperature in the pot, it tends to felt (see image below. Roving to the left of the red line was removed from pot while still hot and rinsed in warm water. Roving to the right of the line was allowed to cool to room temperature).