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Friday, January 30, 2009

Resplendishant~ Fairy created for Patti Culea's latest book, Creative Cloth Explorations


Embroidery floss, Sulky threads, silk waste, and organza were sewn onto water-soluble stabilizer sprinkled with Bo-Nash, for Resplendishant’s whimsical hair.

Resplendishant is transferred to Egyptian cotton---trying out hair piece.


Resplendishant is painted with acrylics and Jacquard textile paints.

Jacquard Lumiere paints are used on the bodice and slippers. Background is painted in a horizontal pattern using acrylic paint(s), and textile medium thinned with water.

Background is further enhanced with watercolor pencils and Lumiere paint.


Soft, subtle clouds created with lace fabric, which served as a stencil, and white acrylic paint.

Sparkle and shimmer added to clouds with a Shiva paint stick. Stars were randomly stamped with a rubber stamp and Silver metallic paint.

Fairy dust was added to hair by applying textile medium and a generous sprinkling of glitter.

Enhancing features with watercolor and colored pencils.

Zig pen and pastel pencils.

Enhancements finished



Hair sewn in place. Ear pierced.

Wings made from Angelina film, stitched in place, and detailed with a soldering iron (holes) and gold Lumiere paint. Bodice detailed with stitching.

Skirt---Dupioni silk stitched in place with free-motion embroidery

Overskirt---metal organza, burned, painted, stuffed with Angelina fibers. Waistband---ribbon, hand painted trim, wire, beads, glass vial with fairy dust, silk cocoons overflowing with glass baubles, and a stunning lampwork bead by artist, Debbie Sanders. Slippers---hand-dyed ribbon, glitter, and glass beads.
Staff---wire covered with painted Tyvek, embossing powders, glitter, melted with a heat gun and capped off with a Swarovski bead.
Swarovski rhinestones randomly adhered to background. Hanger---ribbons, charms, wired beads, and more silk cocoons. Edges bound with threads and highlighted with Lumiere paints.

Resplendishant taking flight…

10 comments:

colleenbabcock said...

Nat, What a cool tutorial. I feel a link on one of my Freebie Fridays coming on. Maybe a fairy theme. Gorgeous. You are so talented.

Sharon-NZ said...

Just superb as usual girl, wow she is just gorgeous....

Sharon's Place said...

Thanks so much... its so kind of you to do a freebie for everyone...will be having a go soon :o))

Hugs,
Sharon 2

Shashi Nayagam said...

Congratulations you deserve it. What a stunning piece this is.

Wings N Scales said...

I just love your tutorial. This is definitely something I am interested in doing. THANK YOU for sharing it with us!

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

I love the way you paint the faces! Very interesting and unique.
Love the fairy and the tutorial.
Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

ramona4144 said...

natalie, PLEASE make a pattern for
her, she is just beautiful. your
faces has such expressions. thanks
for sharing, doll blessings, ramona
rae

Karyn said...

Oh Natalie - I was absolutely enamoured by her when I first saw her in Patti's book - now I love her even more!! Thanks for sharing metamorphosis with us.

Belinda Manning & David Bowman said...

Wow Natalie!!
What a GORGEOUS piece. She's beautiful and what a wonderfully generous tutorial. I so admire your work! I had attempted something similar but one of the challenges i faced was that the embellishments became too heavy. You balanced that out so very well. Thank you so much for the sharing.

Art of Marjon Stey said...

I have stop by and say and love your work..

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