9 Aug 2013

her art journal


In the blink of an eye her pudgy fingers lengthened. A primitive grip refined to a comfortable and useable pencil hold and her drawings took on a life of their own. Favouring an abstract style to her art she is all wind and rain and sunlight through clouds. Tiny details pepper her every work and just like a "choose your own adventure" novel, there is something new to discover with each viewing.  Like her Mumma, the need for her to create is insatiable and paper snips, lengths of twine and pencil shavings cling to her clothing and litter the floor beneath her. At any given time of the day I will find her sprawled on the floor, curled over her wooden desk or basking in the sun with paper and pencils strewn about her. All the while she sings.

Steph x

Bijou drew a picture of herself and Delta Goodrem (apparently they're pals!) and I used it to make a journal cover to collate her growing art collection. Whilst attached to the window with masking tape I traced the main lines onto thin calico (this was also taped in place to keep it flat and smooth). Over many nights the meticulous details of my baby bird's picture began to take shape with needle and embroidery thread. The embroidered art work was cut to size and adhered to the left hand side of a pre- measured piece of vintage fabric (big enough to cover the scrapbook) using a double sided iron on adhesive such as Vlisofix. A sewing machined blanket stitch finished off the edges. A large scrapbook was then covered with the fabric and the edges glued in place with a hot glue gun in much the same way you would cover a book with paper. 

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Steph. I adore her drawing of herself and Delta and how you've turned it into life by embroidering it, so so creative you are:) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. xx

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  2. Oh Steph! How very delightful. What an incredible gift for your wee bird to treasure and fill with her endless creations xx

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  3. This is so beautiful. You are so very clever x

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  4. Such a beautiful idea Steph - and fabulously realised too
    And how fab to have a famous pal already!

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  5. Besties with Delta! Now that there's a claim to fame! Steph this is the most precious idea I have seen! I was thinking of doing something similar for my Sunny. She's forever creating the most gorgeous pictures too! They make my heart sing. .. Each and every one of them. At the moment I'm creating a special wallbut I'm quickly running out of space. I may have to borrow your book idea :)

    Sophie xo

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  6. i love this. i have traced and embroidered drawings and doodles done by friends and family before, but never made it into a book - i love this idea for a budding little artist. well done!

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  7. this is so wonderful! absolutely love it.

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  8. oh you are such a sweet mum x

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  9. Steph, this is beyond beautiful. I can just imagine how she will treasure it when she's all grown up. Exquisite xxx

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  10. This is so beautiful. I must start to collate my Matilda's little works, too. I am sure it'll be forever treasured.Holly.x

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  11. Wow what a wonderful idea. You lovely mum, you! She's going to treasure this for years x

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x