Learning Is To Be Continued: Mixed Media Mail Art
My youngest son has been after me for a year or so to learn to sew. This summer, I finally took the time to get my first sewing machine serviced and ready for use. It was the first time it had been serviced since I was gifted the machine 20 years ago. In fact, I learned to sew on this machine. So, it makes me happy to see my son enjoying it. We sat down this morning for 2 hours and he learned how to use the machine, how to thread it and how to sew a straight and zig zag stitch. He had so much fun that he has been begging to sew more. If he likes this part he is going to go crazy picking out patterns and fabric. Haha. A man after my own heart!
He loves wearing ties to church so I am thinking of letting him try out his straight stitch and some new Star Wars fabric on a neck tie.
Although sewing lessons were not “on the menu” when the day began, I am thankful that I got to spend some time with my little man. Summer is almost over and the learning should continue. I love how quickly they soak up information at this age and I want to fill his head with good and useful knowledge. Skills that he can take into adult hood, that may even influence his career choice. Even if he doesn’t become a fashion designer, at least he will know how to sew a button on his shirt. I bet most college students nowadays, regardless of sex, don’t know how to mend hems or sew on a button. At least my boy will have one up on them. 😉
I will let you know how the neck tie turns out. Or whatever he decides to make for his first project.
Creating the Mail Art
I am on a mail art kick as you can see. It is a fun and fairly quick piece of art. I started with a post card base and layered some paper on top with a wash of gesso. I stenciled using the Collage Textures and Patterns and Circles. I used some chipboard, linen scraps, and stamps (PaperArtsy) in the background. And since it is tea day, the quote has been stamped on a tea bag.
I also used some thread and recycled packaging in the background. I think my favorite part about mixed media is the combination of textiles. I love how fabric and threads look next to the paper and paint.
To all you joining in on Tea Day over at Elizabeth’s, I am sharing my Aftaba set and my new Indian Painting that I picked up for a steal at Goodwill. I have a small collection of these unique pots that you can see HERE. I am very interested in learning some of these beautiful Indian folk painting techniques. I recently found this blog with some great tutorials and history behind the techniques. I am drawn to folk art because it tells a story. I would love to tell my own stories, using these techniques, to display on my wall . And I just happen to have a thing for India.
Join Me for The Layered Art Journal
Also, if you happen to live in central Pennsylvania, I am teaching a class this month and would love to have you join me. We are going to work on building and layering backgrounds. My favorite! No art experience is required. Email me to register or with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Tea Day,