Saturday, August 05, 2006

ATC cards for exchange

This week I made some ATC's (Artist Trader Cards) for a swap on Europeanatc (Yahoo group for European traders). The theme was Maps. Earlier this week I bought a 50 year old atlas for 1 euro. The maps on it are not very, very old, but for instance the lettering was still done by hand and stencils. I really like that book and will use these maps in other projects of course.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Felting in summer

A few weeks ago I went to Nellie de Mulder, an artist here in our village, to felt. Apart from the work that she sells, she also teaches felting classes. (See her website at: )
I tried to make pages for a felted book, and wanted to make simple 'drawings' in the felt. In the picture on top you can see how the wool was laid out on the cotton cloth. The fabric is used as a base for the felting and gives a very textural effect after felting. The picture was taken after the wool was felted a little bit.
On the other side of this 'page' I laid out another pattern. Then 3 different pages were felted by rolling them in bubble plastic and rolling over the table.
The felts were great. I like the rippled effect that the cotton fabric within causes. Just too bad that the pages were way to large for a felted book.

Cutting them up will loose the graphic designs on them. So I will probably end up making new, smaller pages for a felted book!