Friday, March 12, 2010

The Beginnings of Some Altered Patchwork Wall Hangings

I can't believe that it has been a week since I posted.......WOW......Life has been busy.........Obviously I have not been doing anything creative but doing more important things like helping out some friends of mine who needed a helping hand.

I did these awhile back but just haven't posted them.   They are the beginning stages of some wall hangings, altered art or whatever I might use them for.

Some of the pieces are from cut up strips of canvas that I painted and decorated with stencils.   Some are a combination of grungepaper (designed by Tim Holtz and manufactured by Advantus) and decorated canvas pieces.    These were all sewn with a sewing machine.   I really love grunge paper to incorporate in a lot of my artwork as it is so easy to work with and very flexible and paints/inks up well too.   I just love the texture of it.   It works well for Altered Trading Cards  and great for embellishments of all kinds too.   I use this a lot in place of chipboard nowadays. 

This first piece is a combination of grungepaper and my decorated canvas.  The grungepaper is all inked up with either Distress Ink or Adirondack Color Wash Sprays.   And if you look closely, there are areas where I have started putting a second layer on here and there.   They are two inch squares.   This piece is 12 x 12.   I might cut this down to fit in a 9 1/2 inch frame I found as I think it would make a great framed piece of art. 

Here are some other pieces that I have sewn together and some are all canvas and some are canvas and grungepaper.   These two pictures show the front and back of one piece.   When I paint and decorate my canvas, I always do both sides.   For that matter, I usually do both sides for paper, canvas and grungepaper........that way I have more choices on designs when picking a certain piece for a project.   I just might cut these two pieces up in two inch squares or perhaps three inch squares.........who knows but it is just nice to have these things handy for whatever flips my switch that day or hour.

Two more pieces that are front and backs of the same piece.   It looks like I did some fancy stitching on this one.    On all the other ones I just did a zig zag stitch.  

If you look closely at this next one, I stamped word sayings on it and then did a zig zag stitch all over it in many directions.   I think this piece is all grungepaper.     I really don't like it a lot but I can just dry brush over it with acrylics or spray it with inks or whatever until I like it.

I don't have a clue what I am going to use this piece for but who doesn't need some red, white and blue available to use in your art.   This is canvas.

Believe it or not, the next two pieces are fronts and backs of each other. 


The piece below was done on grungepaper.   Don't have a clue what I will use it for but something will come me on that always does.   It is so nice to just have the unfinised pieces around just wondering when they will be put to use.

Check back soon as I will be posting about a really neat shopping adventure I had last Sunday.......a friend is having an estate sale at the end of this month but she let me in early so I could pick out whatever I wanted..........oh be still my heart.   The whole house was full of stuff but a lot of it I just wasn't interested in (been there and done that unfortunately) but there were some really cool things that I found to use in my art and some things that I just might not use and just look at.   I need to take pictures, etc........stay tuned.  


  1. These are very cool, Nanc. I just love all the colors and designs. What a great start to some great ART! Can't wait to see what you got from your friend, should be interesting and serious drool material!

  2. I love all the canvas and grunge pieces. I know you will have a fine art piece made in no time!
    Nancy Mayer


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