Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Making a Start - Studio Journal

A friend and I enrolled in Sharon B's "Studio Journal - A Designer's Workhorse" online class.  We got our first lessons (exercises) last Tuesday.  I have made a start and here are the rubbings - or frottage - which I have done to reveal different textures.

I used to do this type of thing when I was a kid - with a penny, and in the 70's it was a very popular pastime to visit old churches and cathedrals in England and do brass rubbings. Never did do that!
It would be great to actually now interpret one or more of them in stitching.  I particularly love this geranium leaf and think I would like to explore more leaves, bark etc. from nature.

The geranium leaf is done on baking paper.
It was really funny running around the house with paper and pencil looking for things to rub.
Then I thought of this side panel of the singer treadle machine.  I love this one and see possibilities here!

Close up.

This exercise was a lot of fun, now I am working on the Van Gogh exercise - stay tuned.  
Having said that the 2nd week of lessons is out.  Sharon says to work at our own pace, so that is what we will be doing.


CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Di,

I really love the Geranium Leaf the best. I think I would love exploring things in nature to rub too. They would make very creative stitching ideas.

I wonder how Shirley is doing with her "Rubbing" exercise!!

I look forward to seeing your Van Gogh assignment. Hugs Judy

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Di,

I remember doing that too. :)
I love your Geranium leaf! Maybe I need to try that again. It would be a great Stress buster! :)

Annet said...

Your leaf is great. I didn't think about leaves, it's still winter in my part of the world.

Sue said...

Looks like fun Di!

Cynthia L. said...

I remember doing something like this when I was young also. I hope you enjoy your classes. I assume you are taking the class with Shirley. I hope she is doing well.

Marilyn said...

The geranium leaf looks good - you tried out some interesting items to do your rubbings.

Linda said...

Your rubbings are excellent Di. I can see you are enjoying this project, and having Shirley close at hand will only make it more fun. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with her progress.