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New Textile Art Quilt finished: “Leo Looking Out”

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu I finished a new  textile art quilt this week, called “Leo Looking Out”. It is based on a photo of my nephew staring out to the horizon on the beach. What goes through a two year olds mind? Is he blown away by the beauty of the sunset or simply waiting for the next wave to throw sand at?

 

First the fabrics were layered to create the background,

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, BekahduThen I began stitching…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Finished.. here is Leo, looking out….

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textile Art Quilt, Leo Looking Out, by Rebekah Dundon, Bekahdu

 

 

New Art Quilt: “Leo Looking out”

I have decided to keep posting on here as it is very cold and lonely over on WordPress.org!. No one sees you over there….

I finished my first proper art quilt for the year this week, it is based on a photo of my nephew Leo at the beach, taken by my clever brother from Sydney Images. He flies around in planes and helicopters and takes amazing photos of Sydney (my brother, not my nephew!)

I started my layering the fabrics .. sorry, I forgot to take a photo before I started stitching, too excited to get going.

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Then I started stitching all over it in multiple colours

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

Stitching Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene

The figure was appliqued on once the background was stitched.

The finished piece

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

Textile art quilt, Leo Looking out, beach scene by Rebekah Dundon

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Madeit.com.au Designer in the spotlight : Bekahdu

I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the Madeit.com.au Designer in The Spotlight spot this week. Go here to see the interview if you want to have a read. I always find it is always such a tricky thing answering questions like that about my self and my work, and even trickier putting photos out there!.

Madeit Designer in the Spotlight

I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the Madeit.com.au Designer in The Spotlight spot this week. Go here to see the interview if you want to have a read. I always find it is always such a tricky thing answering questions like that about my self and my work, and even trickier putting photos out there!.

Stitched Postcard Swap 2014 Create a Better world

I decided a month or so ago to join in the Great Big Postcard Swap . It is kind of what has got me started into making all these cards!. I made three postcards and have just decided which one to send to my stitched postcard swap partner in the US.

It is made from a piece of cotton that I printed in a spiral design on my home made Gelli plate. I then free motion stitched parts with a gorgeous metallic bronze thread to highlight the spirals even more. I added the red upholstery fabric strips as an afterthought to brighten it a little. These are just zig zagged over the top of the background. I stitched a lovely quote from the Dalai lama around one of the spirals. It is a quote I have always loved but sometimes find hard to practice!. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”.

I believe this is how we can Create a better world, from us as individuals right up to the top Governments. Show a bit of kindness.

The back is a piece of white card with hand stamped writing with the words “Live Laugh Create”, drawn lines and a piece of hand printed tape down the centre for a bit of colour. I glued the fabric part to the card then stitched around the edges to hold it all together.

This was loads of fun to make so I think postcards are going to be a big part of my future!

 

 

 

 

Textile stitched postcards and cards, mixed media, fabric and card

I made some stitched postcards and cards today. I have been playing a lot with Gelli printing on paper lately so I decided to do some on fabric and see how they stitched. Very easily as it turns out!. I think I’ll be making more stitched textile postcards.

Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched postcards by Rebekah Dundon

Textile Art stitched postcard by Rebekah Dundon back

  Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

Textile Art stitched card by Rebekah Dundon

 

 

I just published a post

I just published a post over on my new blog,

http://bekahdu.com.au/2014/02/09/handmade-gelli-printing/

It’s all about our fun with a handmade Gelli plate today. Pop on over if you want to see it. I will have to shut this blog down soon, so be sure to pop on over and follow me over there 🙂

Handmade Gelli Plate Printing

I have wanted a Gelli plate since the day I first heard about them. Gelli plate printing just looks like so much fun! I’ve read various blogs about making your own, so today I finally tried it. I used the recipe by The Frugal Crafter as I wanted one that didn’t have to be kept in the fridge.

The ingredients. Of course I bought too much of everything as I am hopeless at estimating amounts!

Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I gained a litle helper pretty quickly, as you tend to get in this house. He helped mix everything together.. “What does it smell like Cam?”… I think you can guess!!. It does have quite a strong alcohol smell.

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I had heard that it  is better to line the tray with plastic wrap as it makes it easier to get out. I popped it in the fridge for a couple of hours and then got impatient so took it out to start playing!. It did get fairly damaged towards the end so I think I should have left it longer.

Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All finished and ready to play.

Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started with just some basic colours and shapes, just to get the hang of it.. it all soon got a bit carried away.

Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We soon picked up another helper and it was ON!

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I only had acrylic paints, so that’s what we used, over and over again.

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We did get some quite pretty patterns in the end.

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Handmade Gelli plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We did encounter a few problems along the way. I discovered pretty quickly that the edges of the plate stick very badly to the paper unless you pad paints all the way up to and down the sides of the block. I’m not sure if this was just because I pulled it out of the fridge early or if it would do this anyway. We did actually completely destroy the plate by the end of the afternoon. The boys weren’t particularly gentle with it so it was full of holes. The great thing about this recipe is that when this happens you can simply melt it down and re set it. It is currently sitting back in the fridge. This time it will be over night, so we’ll see if that makes a difference to it’s durability. To melt it down, I just broke it up into a saucepan and put on the cooktop on low. It only took about 5 mins. You can also do it for a minute or so in the microwave.

I’m going to try with some fabric paints onto fabric.. new fabrics for my journals I’m thinking 🙂

 

 

 

 

Important news Bekahdu is Moving!

I have just finished setting up my brand new wordpress.org website and blog yippee. I will be posting my blog on there from now on. I’m a bit sad however as  I lost all my likes and followers during the move..

luckily your lovely comments have all stayed with me  🙂

I know you are still out there, so if you would like to continue seeing what I’m about then I would be ever so grateful if you could pop over to www.bekahdu.com.au/blog and follow me over there.

See you there. 🙂

Art journalling

Art Journal quilted textile red roseI just wanted to take the time to say something. Remember, you do not need to be an artist to complete an art journal. Journalling is simply a way to organise your thoughts, document important parts of your life, or simply to let off steam!. It can be challenging as well as fun and can also be quite a therapeutic way to get out negative thoughts or feelings. It is a fabulous escape and can be similar to meditation in it’s calming effects on the brain and promoting general happiness. If you need somewhere to start, you could join a group such as The Documented Life, a group that sets weekly challenges in a safe and friendly environment, free from judgement. You can join at any time and many members have never journalled before. The easiest way to begin journalling is just to grab a book and START.

I have just started following A documented Life in my own journal and I’m loving it.