At this point I think that I want to see what happens if I combine beading and the black and white pen and ink look of zentangles. If I go this direction though I don’t think I am going to want to bead through paper the whole time. If I use acrylic matte medium on paper can I prep fabric to accept the pen without having to worry about bleeding and will the surface of the fabric work with the fine detail work that I would want to include? The only way to find out was to try it.
I used a few coats of acrylic matte medium on a scrap of leftover lining fabric from the curtains that I am currently sewing for our new house. The medium has the advantage of keeping the fabric from fraying so I thought I would also try out the idea of making a piece that has a larger image and then cut it apart and work on the tiles individually. This would allow me to see if I liked how this worked and looked when I put it back together.
I really enjoy working representationally more that abstractly so what did I want to use as an image? Since Transition has been a big factor in my life these last 2+ years I decided to go with a dragonfly and since they are connected to both air and water I gave him some water and some cattails. I also gave him some flying loop to loops that join the whole piece and further divine the piece up. Once the pencil lines were done I cut the piece up.
I chose five inch squares for this project which pushed the size of the piece up to a total of 15 x 20 when it is together and some of my images and loops go off the border a bit so it is a little larger.
Working on the fabric was easier than I thought it might be. A finer weave would probably be even better but I only get hung up on the weave occasionally. I have enjoyed working on the fabric and can see where some of the tangles would look cool with some beads and others could be completely beaded.
Since we have been so busy with the house and decorating and I am behind with my posts so if you wish to see all of the photos for all of the inspirations, trials, and the start of my BJP for 2010 you can go to my Web Gallery. You can also see photos for the building and decorating of our house. If you want to read about any of that you can visit my main blog.