I'm taking an online class TOWERS & TURRETS.
I don't do classes like most people do classes. At least I don't think so. I will listen to the directions. I will even take notes. I will draw myself pictures. When it comes to actually following the directions, something happens, in my brain. The "intent" is the same but the method changes.
I remember, back in the 70s a friend offered to teach another friend and myself how to make a macrame plant hanger. We all started off with the same materials, the same directions and yet when we were finished two of us had identical plant hangers and one had this rather bizarre two plant hanger. Guess who that one was.
That was my first awakening to the fact that I HEAR the same thing but I don't necessarily process it the same way. And, if I'm in a class where the instructor is a PLAY BY MY RULES kind of person, I'm in trouble.
So, to date I haven't posted my a picture of my project so far, in my class.
Top picture is really my second attempt. So, let's move to that second picture.
I did the background the way I was instructed to do. I let it dry, so far so good.
sigh......then I got to thinking about my sketchbook project and how that was a perfect background for one of those pages.
I started adding another layer of print and black and white pictures, still thinking about Z'Corkey and his adventures in Zettiland and..........well.........somehow my towers turned into GIANT ZETTIGOD STATUES on the Isle of Zeelulu.
I was having fun. I was humming until I sat back on my chair and realized I am strayed far, far away from the class directions. I quickly put that one over on the drying table.
I tried again to make another background. The instructions were to make a dark one since the additional elements were light. My backgrounds were turning into mud. This isn't my favorite technique for making a background and my efforts certainly were proving that. I put that on the drying table.
Then I cleaned my hands and my brushes and had a think and realized that I wanted to play with fabric, not paint.
Now, we can move to the top photo. I tell you this came together a heck of a lot faster than my paint background was going.
I had an interesting piece of background and since I wanted to do golden yellow, I thought, it's the contrast that's important. So, I stamped some texture stamps onto the fabric background. While that was drying I fused Steam A Seam to a number of different fabrics that I wanted to use.
I cut the shapes, needed a light fabric and reached for the fabric paper that I had made. PERFECT, well in my eyes. I added the tower roofs using my favorite black and white fabric.
Butterfly wings seemed necessary. I mean this might be called Tower & Turrets but it's a Zetti tower in my book.
So, now, although I have completely changed the medium suggested in the directions I do have another page, when finished for my sketchbook. KILLING TWO BIRDS.....no way....that's not a very nice expression.
:)Bea Who did create in the studio and did create something that made her smile. How about you?