Laughing Dog Arts

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Solar Flare

Finished this piece last evening. Measures approximately 7 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches.  It is pre felted using wet felting technique, then needle felted, adding additional colored roving for some of the flares.
I used half of a domino for this focal point. I sawed it in half and then colored it with alcohol inks to match the felting colors. I added a couple of extra touches with pens before I beaded it down but they mostly wiped off with all the handling so I had to reapply after I was finished.  The alcohol inks themselves were not affected, just the marker pens, you can see them in black and silver in the above photo where they have been reapplied.
More beading and embroidery stitching. I absolutely love these colors!
I used some rayon fabric for the backing and pulled it around as a binding in the front before stitching it all down. This turned out as well as I could have hoped. Do you like it?

Today I have been listening to National Public Radio, a couple of programs. This American Life is always fun to hear, and the repeat of A Prairie Home Companion.

Yesterday it actually was sunny! and Warm!! It must have been at least 72. Today it is cloudy again but dry, about as dry as my writing. Hope you all had good weekends.

Be well.
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28 comments:

Karen S said...

Those colors make my heart sing! And I love the bugle beads marching across the top. What a fun piece!

Carol said...

I love these colors too! Happy, Cheerful colors. Good thing the sun came out!!

4roomsandthemoon said...

Yes, I do like it! I love the colors and the beads!

Marlene said...

Jan, this is a glorious, happy piece. Very well done.

Anja said...

Hi Jan,

that piece is like a sweet huggle over the ocean! I take it with me into the new day.

Admire the colours and your stiching!

Anja

maggi said...

Love the colours in this. It is a beautiful piece, so vibrant.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

This is exceptional Jan! The detail is mesmerizing.....each of these pieces you produce just gets better and better, and I anxiouls await what you post next!
I need to just pack up that needle felting machine and send it to you and see if it would make your work faster......I still don't have the hang on it, and probably never will! HAHAHA!!!
GREAT WORK!

XXOO!!
Anne

P.S. Don't forget the blog giveaway! :D

yoborobo said...

This is simply gorgeous!! I love these colors, and the details. It reminds me of the desert, at sunset. :) I love seeing your new work! Have a fabulous week - xo Pam

Robbie said...

I just LOVE the colors and stitching on this one!!! Very, very nice!

callisueart said...

A wonderful creative piece! I love the beadwork and your colour combinations are great. Greetings from a cold South Africa but we are grateful to receive the rain. Hopefully it is not raining in the cities that are hosting teams for the Fifa World Cup games. Sue Williams

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

this is so VIBRANT! i just love the oranges and pinks together. beautiful work!

Approachable Art said...

Jan, this piece is fantastic! Wowowow and it's in colors that get me all worked up, love it! Thanks for the details of how you created it, I always want to know stuff like that (art geek that I am).

Do you think a workable fixative would help solve the issue with the dominoes? It could just remelt the inks, though, not sure.

April said...

Jan, I think this might be my favorite piece of your fiber art. I LOVE the colors....and I LOVE your idea to saw a domino in half and then embellish it with alcohol inks & pens. You are such an inspiration!!!

beadbabe49 said...

Can't add much to the comments already made except add me to the list of people who love it!
(I'm afraid to get too excited, but it's beginning to feel a little bit like summer here!)

sjmcdowell said...

Ooooooh Ahhhhh....Yes I like this newest creation of yours. I LOVE the vibrant colors and the whole design keeps the eyes moving and flowing. Wonderful!

Hugs and Sunshine,

Susan

Kristi said...

Jan, this is stunning. The colors are gorgeous! Do I like it....YES, YES, YES!!!

Jan said...

Oh my, thank you all so much for your praise and for liking this piece. Now I like it even better;-) When I said the color rubbed off on the domino as I beaded around it I meant only the black and silver markers rubbed off. The alcohol inks were not affected at all.

On to the next project. Thank you all so much for your comments.

lynne h said...

jan, i'm with everyone else... this piece is stunning. it communicates solar energy perfectly... i LOVE the colors - everything, really.... xo

Queenmothermamaw said...

Yes this is definitely a great piece. Love the colors. I would love to try this, but I love everything and need to finish my current projects. I am storing this is my back of my heard. Thanks for visiting Jan. Blessings
QMM

audrey said...

Beautiful. Beautiful. You have a very unique style and it always shows in your work. The vibrant colors, all the beading, the domino ~ a very special piece indeed!
Enjoy the cool weather, Jan. The humidity here must be about 100%. It's gruesome. I think it followed me here from South Carolina. hahaha
♥ audrey

Linda said...

An amazing piece Jan; I love it! Thanks for explaining your process....

Fox On The Run Meanderings... said...

Fantastic, Jan. Your work is getting so precise. This is a happy piece for sure.

Emmy said...

very beautiful I love the colors
great work Jan

Elena said...

Ok, you CANNOT be the same person who said you were mediocre. What an amazingly beautiful piece of art. You are inspiring! Oh and thank you for your comment.

sonja said...

love the piece and the name!what flare!!
we listen to NPR here, for many decades, as well and when Garrison came to the islands we had to go see him on the radio! on stage he wore red tennis shoes with his tux! i do too, no tux tho! " you do good work and stay in touch!" sonja

Pattee said...

Wow I'm so glad you stopped by the gypsy caravan blog...
Now I can come to yours and see your beautiful work!

I love this piece!!!!
and your beading on velvet!

Pattee : )

Ro Bruhn said...

What beautiful work, so much detail and fabulous colours.

Martha Bright said...

Jan--how did you bead down the domino half? I love how this turned out...