Archive for the ‘Cats’ Category

After I made my sampler for my upcoming “12 Ways to Use Found Objects” in art quilts class, I decided I liked the little cat  (#9) so much I wanted to turn the idea into a little art quilt. (see my posted blog for Dec. 22.)

So, here is how I made him. The substrate is black felt (I lined the back with a fused piece of cotton fabric for extra strength. Next I cut the various elements, mostly using a tin snips (Stanley). It makes light work on plastics. The red tool is just a wire cutter. (yikes I really should clean these tools!)

Then I started to lay it out.

 

Hm, it looks like he needs something behind him.

Krazy Kat 1

I had started to add the hand embroidery at that point.

Here is Krazy Kat finished.  He is 5 x 7, and waiting for his frame.  I’ll show him in January.

Oh dear, the ears get a little lost with that background .  .  .  .

Krazy Kat

 

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cat book page lo res

The last of my screen printed cats. I’m almost sorry to see them go. This one was printed ona book page. Since I don’t necessarily want the viewer to become engrossed in trying to read the text, I turned the page upside down. (For one thing, it gets a little steamy!)

We are at day 20 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I recently realized that even though February has only 28 days, she does mean for us to continue for 30 days.  I’ll have to make two more pieces than I had been planning on!

Martha Ressler

Cat on Book Page

Art Quilt

7 x 5″

cat 100 lo res

Another product of my screen printing class taken at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. This little baby is accompanied by some special paper — actual money from Portugal. I love the orange rose. The dark blue print is a scrap of silk from an antique kimono. And of course the hand embroidery sets it all off nicely.

Martha Ressler

Cat and Money

Art Quilt

7 x 5″

cat and swirls 7 x 5 lo res

Another cat from my screen printing venture– a class at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts taught by Abby Ryder.  The additional stamping and embroidery give her some extra character and interest.

Martha Ressler

Cat and Swirls

Art Quilt

7 x 5″