Sunday, July 28, 2013

is anybody still out there? a return to creativity

Well I haven't really been missing, just more than a little pre-occupied!!  My inspiration for these bowls was courtesy of my latest paper swap partner, Ines Seidel in Germany.  Ines was kind enough to explain her process to me and of course, I just had to adapt it to my fabric paper technique.  These bowls were formed on balloons, so the bottoms are rounded and not flat.

Kaite's birthday bowl is a combination of tissue, Japanese paper and vintage book pages.  It was my first one and I think it's absolutely lovely.  Very delicate and blue, which we all know is my absolute favourite colour!!




My sister Suzie just visited last weekend, so of course, she needed a new bowl.  This one is very elegant with it's pale pallette. I added bits of vintage dotted netting, a little lace and some cotton yarn.  Absolutely delicious!!!

 


Another blue one and I'm calling it the exploding bowl!!! I wanted to make a blue bowl for Suzie, but much to my surprise, the balloon burst overnight (I credit the hot, humid weather).  I repaired it as best as I could with cotton yarn, layered it on another balloon (blowing up the new balloon with the bowl resting on the outside) and it split again.  I decided to leave it alone after that!!! I'm actually rather fond of this distressed bowl and have decided to keep it for myself. 




I do have more goodies to show you, but I think this will be it for this evening.  I have a new bowl to start and it's getting late!!  Watch for a new blog post next weekend.  Will it be fabric or paper or beads or dominos??  Only time will tell.........

9 comments:

Beth said...

I am so happy to see a post from you! Now we know you are alive and well, if just busy and distracted.

Those bowls are pretty cool... and the distressed is the most fun! I think Dominoes.... waiting!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your bowls are incredible!! Obviously the 'problems' you had with the final one were meant to be - the bowl was trying to tell you how it wanted to look.

kaiteM said...

So very delicate, they remind me of floating lotus blooms. I love the distressed white one, it is unique. Of course they are all unique, and the blue bowls are delightful, i constantly smile when i see my new birthday one.
Now i must try making one also, love a challenge.

Trisha Frankland said...

Good to know you're still kickin' Amri! Nice bowls - especially the exploding one. :) Fun projects.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments!!!!

Beth, yes I am alive, just quietly lurking behind the scenes. I think I needed a rest, but now I'm back. The exploding one just needed a little more love and attention and I think it shows. LOL!

MA - you are right, it definitely had a mind of it's own.

Kaite - I hadn't thought about flowers, but now that you mention it, they do remind me of delicate, lacy flowers. Put a candle in a votive holder inside and see how it glows......I love the effect!!

Trish - kickin' I am!!! Just wait and see the next thing I come up with. Well, I'm not actually finished with the bowls yet, but I do have some other ideas.

Judy Ferguson said...

Haven't seen you post for a while. Welcome back. Love the balloon bowls. I think you improved on this old process that we all did with paper and glue. The bowls are very attractive.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Judy! It's nice to be back and to hear from my on-line friends again. The bowls are fun to do and I'm afraid to say, my current obsession. I should be working on something else, but all I can think of are these darned bowls. You'll be seeing more!

liniecat said...

Guess you could make smaller and smaller ones and lay them within the larger bowl, so they form a flower?
Love the delicacy youve achived, so pretty.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Nice to hear from you Linicat! That's a great idea about the flower!! I had already thought about layering two together, but not the flower part. Thanks, it's easy to obtain delicacy with tissue and yummy Japanese papers.