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Unconventional Art

I had a sample piece of wood laminate (from my last shopping trip to SCRAP) and it happened to fit perfectly into one of my unfinished frames.   I was looking for a project for a while and stumbled upon this PIN on Pinterest showing a framed giraffe silhouette cut from decorative paper.  It sparked many ideas and I began sketching them out.  I happened to need a bit of wall art for my bathroom, so I landed on the idea of a sand dollar.  Instead of using decorative paper, I decided to make the sand dollar out of felt with a bit of embroidery detailing.  I painted the frame a nice aqua color and then glued the finished piece to the wood laminate backer.  In very little time, I now have a nice piece of handmade art for my bathroom wall.

giraffe inspiration

Original PIN inspiration

project start painting the frame

Painting the frame

painted frame

Wood laminate piece inserted into frame

start of sand dollar start of sand dollar next

Starting to create the sand dollar in felt

finished sand dollar

Finished piece

Embroidered Fiber Art

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While on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across a pin that was really inspiring.  The idea for a project has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while.  Now that I am more settled into my apartment, I took some time to get creative once again.  I have an alcove in my main hallway that was begging for some color in the form of art.  I decided to try my hand at felt and embroidery to make some framed fiber art.  I am very happy to see the finished project hanging in the hallway – added that bit of color that was missing.

flower embroidery inspiration

The original inspiration pin

sketching ideas sketching daisy

Sketching ideas for my approach

felt gathering

Gathering felt colors

painting frames painting frames 2

Painting frames – base silver color covered by dark brown

gathering felt shapes

Start of the gerber daisy

beginning of daisy

daisy in work

start of poppies

Start of the poppies

poppies progress

working on allium 2

Start of the allium

working on allium

finished project

The finished projects hanging in the alcove

finished poppies

finished daisy

finished allium