In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out. Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what ...

 

WORD & words and more...




WORD & words

In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out.

Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what background the pages have when I turn to them.

For W I have chosen the WORD and our words.  To start I stamped the letters.

I found various Bible verses to represent God's WORD and the power of our words.

I drew around each set of Bible verses with a different colour and coloured in the stamped words.


Here are the finished pages.

Only X, Y & Z to go!

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice



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Module 3: Containers

In my previous post I told you about the memories I have of Venice.   I had made the wire version of the gondola prow.

Next I cut out different sizes of the prow shape in card and taped them to a piece of wire so it could stand up.  I took this photo of it lying down on some lino.

I used an online app to make the background transparent.

On the computer I put the image onto different backgrounds.   The first is a page from the Concertina Sketchbook I did.   The window shape in the background is a bit distracting.

This background is part of a photo I took in Toledo.

I played with the transparent image making patterns.




There is still some work to do with this part of the module but I was also looking at the next part of the course which is about containers.  The final piece for this module is to make a container to hold my Venice memories in.  I might not be able to keep memories in what I make but it will definitely be something in 3D.

I looked through the IKEA online catalogue and downloaded images that caught my eye.  Not all of them are rectangular or square boxes!

When I was doing my original City & Guilds Creative Embroidery course I made this box book from scratch and made 3 small books to go in it.

While I was on holiday in Ireland I saw this cone on a traffic island.  It reminded me of an ice cream cone.  And of course that led to the song 'Just one Cornetto' and on to 'O sole mio' which is associated with gondoliers singing.  I'm not sure why Venetians sing a song from Naples but maybe it's a tourist thing.

I did an internet search for other cone sculptures and art.

I researched the song.


I am going to make some paper cones and see whether I can make a container from a variety of sizes of cone.  I'll let you know how I get on.

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice


 

Master Practitioner Module 3

I have begun work on the third and final module of the Master Practitioner course with the School of Stitched Textiles.  The theme is Memories.  As regular readers know, I am continually drawn to the subject of Venice for my work and this module is no exception.   I gathered together photographs and magazine pictures and began to assemble pages in my workbook.  I'm using a 30cm square Pink Pig sketchbook.

I started with this photo from the newspaper.

It was too big for one page so I folded over onto the next page and printed the title.

My very first visit when I was 29.  That's me in the sunglasses facing the camera!  Rare photo.

I went back with Roger in 1984

And again with my cousin in 1997

In 2011 we went to Las Vegas with Andy & Naomi and of course had to visit the Venetian Hotel.  It was far too pristine.

In 2015 I started using Venice as the inspiration for my work.  I had to have 2 glasses of wine to be able to do this exercise of not taking the pen off the paper to make a drawing.  I put the watercolour on afterwards.

In 2017 I visited my friend Mary in Toledo and randomly found this mural on the wall.

Another photo from the newspaper and some quotes I found on the internet.  I had these made into Thermofax screens.

My favourite artist is JMW Turner so I had to include some of his paintings.  Plus some from Canaletto.
 

In 2018 I exhibited some of my Venice based work in the Traverse 'Destinations' exhibition.

I moved on to drawing and art work for this module.

I made a wire version of the mask above and did some rubbings.   It's difficult to see the wire on this photo.

I may do some more with the skyline but moved on to these pages.

I made a wire version of the prow.  I also made various size versions of the diagram on my computer to make stencils or masks with.

The module requires some more 3d work with the wire and paper section.  I'll let you know how I get on.

However the next part of the module is about researching containers.  Read my next post to find out about that.

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice


 

Florida cut up

As you know I do lots of workshops at Littleheath Barn.  One of them was an Artcloth based on a landscape.  I chose to use the Atlantic coast of Florida for my inspiration.  I wrote about the course here.

Liske suggested we worked on 2 pieces of cloth.  One was the practice piece and the other was to be the finished piece.  The one on the right was supposed to be the practice one, but it ended up being the finished piece.


You may know that I love to cut up my work, especially if I don't like it.  I happened upon the work of Katie Fowler who paints abstract landscapes on cloth and then cuts it up.  She also cuts up her finished quilts!

So I'm in good company!

I decided to cut up the other Florida piece.

I was fortunate to find a large box canvas at Hobbycraft - and, extra joy, it was half price!   I found some soft calico in my stash and started auditioning the squares on it.


I ironed a small amount of bondweb on the back of each square and bonded the squares to the calico.  I machine stitched round each square.

 I ironed bondaweb onto some of the offcuts from the original artcloth.

 I cut small pieces of the spare fabric and auditioned bits on the squares.

 These were then bonded to the large piece and machined.

The calico is now pinned to a backing fabric with a pad of felt wadding.  I am going to do some hand stitching on the squares and then some hand quilting before stretching the finished piece over the box canvas.

Watch this space for the finished piece.

Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice


 

V is for victory

In our Living Your Word of the Year group we are using a fortnightly (bi-weekly) A-Z challenge throughout the year to help us focus on our word and live it out.

Because of the way I have made my journal it's a case of going with the flow of what background the pages have when I turn to them.

I read Valerie's post: Vision, Valor, Victory and it made me think about the meaning of my name.  Bernice comes from Berenike (from which we get Nike).  It means Bringer of Victory.

Valerie had given me a beautiful piece of her artwork and I decided I would scan it, print it out and include it on my pages for V.

I cut up the scanned and printed piece and stuck it into the book and added some washi tape.

I had printed out the scanned art before I went to church.  During the talk Rob spoke about being a victor not a victim.  Just right for my page.

Here are the pages together.

And if you would like to listen to Rob's talk, it's here: Doing what disciples do - Authority.


Thanks for joining me today.
Bernice




Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group: Living Your Word of the Year
Join Mary Brack, Valerie Sjodin and I in our Facebook group where we are giving participants the opportunity to live out an A-Z of their own word throughout 2019.  Mary explains what we are doing in her blog post.  We don't like a lot of rules, so we will have suggestions and options to spark creativity, and to help in recording and exploring our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. We will each blog about our experiences and our art.

Hashtags on Instagram:  #livingyourword2019

Check out the other blogs:
Mary: www.foundonbrighton.com
Valerie: www.valeriesjodin.com/blog

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