Thursday, June 30, 2011

Prayer Flags

Back to some fabric and stitch. I was inspired to do a couple of Prayer Flags by Jane LaFazio, who told me and the other Sketchbook Challenge bloggers about a Prayer Flag Project initiated by Vivika DeNegre, a fabulous fiber artist. I love the idea of prayer flags as a format for artistic expression, as well as their original purpose - to spread blessings on the wind.

Here are my two prayer flags hanging over the brook that flows just behind my studio:


And here they are separately:




I used acrylic paint on muslin, and employed the "resist and water" techniques demonstrated here. I collage on the fabric with painted/textured deli paper, as demonstrated here. And, of course, used some of my scribble painted papers. I did some simple machine stitching, and sewed beads on by hand. Each flag is only 5"x8". Check out the Prayer Flag Project, and create your own!

10 comments:

  1. Oh excellent! Yes I will check out the Prayer Flag Project and learn to create my own. I love that brook flowing behind your studio. I don't have a brook flowing behind my studio but I do have some fountains and the water flows there so when I make a prayer flag or two, I can hang them there. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. Jane.. these are great.. that top flag with the white paint streak is gorgeous.

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  3. Beautiful! I like that blue especially. :-)

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  4. These are fantastic Jane and I love where you have chosen to hang them. xox Corrine

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  5. Mmmmmmm - makes me want to get out the sewing machine! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Those are some amazing prayer flags!

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  7. What beautiful prayer flags! I hope to make some (on my want to do list), but right now I am up to my elbows in plaster! You asked me what type of paint I was using on my plaster pieces - it is mostly acrylic - some Golden and some cheap paints from Walmart... one piece I used a bit of Adirondack water based inks as well.

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