Often when a fog is present, in my brain, I sit on the rug by my shelf of magazines. One publication which I have not yet tired of is Cloth Paper Scissors. As I thumbed through my stack of valuable resources, I came across an article focusing on the art of Kelly Rae Roberts. This is my similiar (and I use that word lightly) version of her paper collage technique which incorporates the use of gel medium and acrylic paint. My version uses rub on transfers, letters and photo images I had in my stash. A thick charcoal pencil was used to outline the fairy, flowers and some of the background. I consider this a very tame version of her technique. Check out her work in the past issue, November/December of 2007. Her stuff rocks. Her colors rusty and rich. Going through the pile of issues was like unwrapping a present I forgot I had. You know how it is, you buy the mag, get busy and put it on the shelf after you quickly look through it. So many techniques, so little time, UGH!
I've always enjoyed creating things since I was a little girl. While my brother and sisters were out learning to ride bikes I would sit on a couch for hours making paper dolls and storing them in an envelope I stapled together out of construction paper. My first experience sewing was inspired by a book I ordered from a fundraiser in elementary school. With it's simple projects to sew, I chose to make an apron. My mother gave me an old garment to use for material. I sewed a square together forgetting to leave a small opening to turn it. I cheesed out and left it like that and attached a grosgrain ribbon on the edge for ties. I was so proud of that moment, ha ha. I've come a long way since then and my passion for cloth and creating continues. I enjoy making cloth dolls and like to dabble with whatever strikes my fancy. It's a journey.