"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lace and Wood Challenge at Scrap Magic

I found the Scrap Magic Challenge so very inspiring.
First was the challenge of using two contrasting elements: Lace and Wood
The wooden frame is my wood element, and I painted it to resemble distressed wood and then inserted some small antique lace behind the frame.
Second were the photographs to inspire us. The colors of shabby white, cream, dusty aqua, hints of brown, and the color of a lovely subtle soft pink.
One of the photographs in the inspiration picture particularly stood out…the wire heart with a piece of lace woven around the shape of the heart. What a grand idea! I had to find a way to use the wire heart element on a much smaller scale.
I found some old fabric wrapped floral wire and wrapped it around a small Blue Fern Studios chipboard heart piece to create the shape of the wired heart, and glued some of the antique lace behind the frame of the heart, and voila, a pretty little lacey element for the lovely photographed lady.

I recently rented a movie entitled, “Farewell, My Queen” about two days in the life of Marie Antoinette’s Reader during some pretty intense social upheaval that was going on during Marie’s reign of power. A scene that resonated with me was when Marie brought out her scrapbook containing snippets of lovely embellished fabrics and some embroidery ideas for future elegant gown designs. I don’t know if Marie actually had a scrapbook of this nature, although I am told that this was common practice of ladies of her stature during that time, but if she had, I would have loved to have gone through her book of textile treasures.

Here’s a picture of the Scrap Magic Challenge:

You still have time to enter the Scrap Magic Challenge here.