Some days it's just not worth getting up in the morning. I'm only participating in one ATC swap this month: Retro Christmas. I thought about making a 50's-looking card, but an icon I found called out to me. I decided to go for a Byzantine look. I wanted the card to appear old with the paint somewhat peeling, so I decided to use Tim Holtz's crackle paint. This is the first time I've used crackle paint. What I don't know about crackle paint would fill volumes, apparently. Here are the steps I used to make the cards:
- Paint an acrylic canvas ATC with gold arcylic paint. Let dry.
- Glue on the icon image. Let it dry.
- Gold leaf the halos around each member of the Holy Family. Let it dry.
- Apply clear crackle paint and let it dry.
I intended to varnish the cards anyway to protect them, but this morning it became a "glue the 'paint chips' back on" exercise. After two coats of varnish, gluing chips back on where necessary and possible, I think I have 9 finished cards. I won't say they're all good. Far from it! But they're passable, if somewhat delicate.
|Byzantine Retro ATC card detail|
Phinished Phiberwork Projects
I've finished quite a few knitting projects, and one crochet project that I'm very happy about. I've hated crochet for years. It makes my hands sore and my gauge is a nightmare. Working at the shop, however, has been a wonderful thing. Crochet designer, Linda Permann works there. Although we usually trade days - I'm there when she isn't - she and I found ourselves working together for a week. During that week, not only did she take the time to correct many of my mistakes, she helped me find patterns and yarns. In some ways, I now like crocheting better than knitting. I can design as I go more easily in crocheting than knitting. No, I'm not abandoning knitting, nor can I ever see myself doing so, but I'm getting to really like crocheting. So without further ado, here is my first post-Linda project, the Cardiff Cowl from Lion Brand Yarns.
|Cardiff Cowl Detail|
|Feather Cabled Cowl|
And fresh from the needles of a girl who hates doing colorwork, here are two versions of the Argyle hat from Crystal Palace yarns. Both are made with a solid color of Merino 5 and a handpaint in Mochi Plus. The first is my hat with the variegated on cream.
|My Argyle hat|
The second is a more intense rainbow yarn against black. Honestly, I like this one even better than the first one. However, I promised this hat to George and he won't give it back!
|George's Argyle Hat|
And last, but not least, I've started a pair of fingerless mitts for George. These will have detachable covers for his fingers so he can choose whether to have more dexterity, but colder fingers or warm fingers and less dexterity. I just cast these on yesterday, so they're not far along yet.
|George's Fingerless Mitts|