DIY personalized hair accessories for weddings, and formal events

An older project from 2016 needed a refresh.

A Beautifully decorated headband that I created by hand.

I didn’t measure the first rectangular piece of black felt before I cut, but it is approximately 8.5 x 3 inches. Any kind or colour of medium weight felt will do for this DIY project.

Folding the rectangular piece in half, I roughly sketched an oval shape on one side using chalk.

I used straight pins to hold the two pieces together while cutting and making the oval shape out of felt.

The oval shape isn’t perfect, but you can tweak the smoothness later on if there are jagged corners. Felt can be tricky to get perfect shapes out of.

Using my sewing machine (or you can do this by hand), I sewed two straight lines to create a channel down the middle of my felt pieces. Sewing this channel creates a secure bond between the two felt pieces; as well as a tight passage way for my metal headband to pass through.

I went the extra mile and also sewed the edges with a thin seam, taking extra care not to sew over the middle channel that I sewed earlier. The edges could be glued together, however using thread makes the felt stronger and less likely to fall apart. It is also more rigid now to support the decoration that it will display.

As always, I made sure that my metal headband pieces would snugly slide into the channels before decorating, or else it would be impossible to fix afterwards without ruining my design.

Using turquoise beads and a hot glue gun, I began making my design one row at at time.

I incorporated another colour to make an updated yin and yang design.

I used layering techniques with the white beads.

As well as adding texture by using big and small beads.

A very pretty and unique design for a DIY headband.

Two variations of my idea are seen here:

The pink and white design is my least favourite as the lines look messy instead of what I had intended.

The design with feathers looks the best of the three. I tend to produce better designs when I keep them simple. I used 2mm brown flat sided beads with fabric glue instead of hot glue from a glue gun.

The feathers are short, and I would like to design something similar with longer plumes in the future.

This is definitely a project I will return to again in the near future.

DIY Art: bright colour and faces

My latest work is a colourful study of phantom faces.

I wondered what it might be like to draw faces on canvas with India ink, and have them obscured by blended acrylic, like clouds of colourful milk in coffee.

My favourite of the three is this one:

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I wanted to capture the feeling of a first kiss. Eyes closed, and embracing the warmth of the moment, with a splash of orange excitement. I hung this 10 x 10 inch piece on the wall near my side of the bed.

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The eyes have it all in this piece. The concept is similar except orange represents desire in addition to excitement. The face is nondescript and slightly obscured by green smoke. The varied shades of green in this piece represent renewed interest, ambition, and a slight sense of greed. Though desire exists in the subject’s eyes, there is an element of greed suggested here because the desire is directed somewhere it should not be. This is further supported by the overall obstruction of the phantom face…hidden feelings.

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Finally, the last but not the least of my three piece study of phantom faces. In this piece the phantom face has been completely taken over by the hot emotion of attraction. The subject’s face has been totally obscured and only the bridge of a nose and an ear can be seen. I took my time with the application of orange in this piece. I did not want it to bleed and mix into the blue and yellow layers beneath; so I allowed the entire thing to dry completely before adding the final orange layer.

Passion, and excitement: I think my work is moving in a positive direction!

Thanks for reading,

-S

My attempt at imitating Monet in acrylic

Acrylic on wood panel yellow, green, brown
Acrylic on wood panel

Spring is on its way!

I have been back to my experimental roots, and came up with this latest work while working on wood panels. This is a 14″ x 14″ wood panel. I still use canvas, but the wood can be so much more compact and full of texture than stretched art canvas.

Working with wood has been a nice change. Right now, I am working on a very exuberant acrylic on canvas piece that incorporates bright red and yellow. It’s different, and I can’t wait to post it as soon as I feel that it is complete.

Thanks for reading, and visit again soon!

-S

Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging
Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging

Red and gold in acrylic on wood

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My latest work is an experimental use of gold against red on wood board. Similar to my last two posts (See below) the use of wood enables a level of texture and complexity that is not easily achieved with canvas. The size is also comparably smaller.

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The orientation is more flexible, as seen above.  When viewing this piece it is really up to the observer to decide whether they prefer the gold on the bottom, top, or sides. But to be decisive, I created the piece to be hung as it looks in the first photo.

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The dimensions are 14 inches x 10 inches. I finished this (and the other wood board pieces) by adding a strip of decorative trim along its edges; however, I would like to try my hand at encasing these pieces in decorative wood frames. The millwork wood that is used for this purpose is usually available at Home Depot in 8 ft lengths. The cost is usually between $5 and $15 CDN so it would be very inexpensive to make my own.

The big question for me is: can I cut the angles right to make a perfectly fitting frame?

Thanks for reading,

S

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Dressmaking Revisited

I reealllyyyyy wanted a new form fitting dress made from winter jersey material, but I did not want to spend a lot of $$$.

I found a sale (hooray!), and purchased 1.5 Meters of Heather Grey winter jersey material for about  $30 CDN. 

The end result?



I used a cut out technique to create lines that contoured my body shape. This custom made design is extremely form fitting as a result. 

Working with this fabric was tricky because of the intense 4 way stretch. I had to take extra care to triple stitch the seams to avoid embarrassing splits.


The back is secured by a black zipper. 

The lines minimize bulging areas 🙂 


Thanks for reading,

Submerged Gold Underwater: Acrylic on Canvas

My latest work is an abstract conception of underwater  (or sunken) gold.

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Gold Underwater sinking to the deepest of depths.

I have been fortunate enough to take a dearly needed vacation and created this during my time away from work.

This is a modest 12 x 24 inch portrait style original work, that features intense contrasts of deep blue and gold. The idea that I worked with was to have blue waves engulf gold as it sunk deep underwater.

The image is a passive commentary on the notion of sunken treasure and opportunities that are out of reach, but still visible.

Much of my art is conceptual, abstract, and utterly beautiful to the eyes of a kindred be holder. I’ve received a lot of interesting feedback on my technique and style from people; and the ultimate response is that I should keep on going!

I think 800 is a nice number for a lifetime goal of art work… 😉

Thanks for reading

-S

Trim, Bias Tape,and Ric Rac 

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While visiting my supplier, I saw this vibrant 100 percent cotton material. The patterns were to die for, so I decided to make 2 centimeter wide double folded bias tape; or  trim as it is also called.

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I made lots of bias tape. How much did I make, you ask? 4000 centimeters or 40 meters. 

Each package has 4 meters- a generous amount because double fold bias tape is normally sold in 2.75 meter packages.

Speaking of which, those packages usually have boring and plain colours. If your are a forward thinking designer, trim patterns with eye catching designs and colours can really take a project to the next level; and for some, that little extra pizzazz can be the difference between a customer that browses, and a customer that buys.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S