This little book began last Fall. It’s a Freeform project that will incorporate lots of different techniques. Over the course of the Winter it has sat quietly on my desk, germinating.
With another gray, snowy day following on the heels of several 80 degree days, I was drawn, again, to the sunshine in this piece.
To make this page, I applied two pieces of batik fabric to a piece of freelace paper. I left a curvy gap between them, so that I could make a sparkling, lacy band at the horizon between earth and sky. I just stitched CRAZY lines between the two batiks, then sewed on beads and crystals before soaking. The sphere of the sun was made of a piece of Freelace fabric from my stash.
I stitched the phrase at the bottom onto a piece of hand-dyed ribbon that was stabilized with Freelace paper.
The page was joined to earlier ones with bits of ribbons and lace.
I printed the butterfly onto silk organza using a freezer paper stabilizer and my computer’s printer. I love the transparency that allows the batik leaves to show through.
There is another printed organza on the back of the sunshine page. This is where I left off in the Fall. Now that the world is sprouting, again, I hope to document my garden as it grows using lots of different techniques. And, even though it’s snowing, today, there are already Dutchman’s Britches, hostas, azaleas, redbuds, Forsythia, and myriad beautiful leaves bursting forth. I’d better get started!