I’ve been playing around with collage & experimenting with drawing with my sewing machine:
If I was a *proper* crafty blogger, I would have step by step photos of what I did! But I’m not, so I’ll just have to tell you. I started off with an A4-ish sized piece of white muslin and, using a diluted PVA glue mixture, stuck down various bits and pieces. There’s velvet, scrim, threads, book pages, a cake wrapper and some of the momigami paper I made the other day. Once this had dried for 24 hours, I took it over to my sewing machine & after separating sections off with lines of straight stitches, I practiced a bit of drawing with thread, using free motion stitching. It was kind of random and uplanned ;-). Once I had finished “drawing” I cut the collage into the four individual pieces. I clearly need a lot more practice at the thread drawing, but it was fun.
If you’re wondering why the bottom one says “empty your cup” – it’s a reference to this Zen story:
A Cup of Tea
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Sometimes, we need to empty our cups before we can learn something new. I like to remind myself sometimes!
Linking up to the Show Me What You Got Art Linkup.