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Sunday, December 30, 2018

HOW TO MAKE AN ABSTRACT ART PILLOW

If you could make a pillow out of an artist's well-used dropcloth, this is what it might look like.


I've seen some cool printed pillow designs but wondered what it might look like if I created a real—non-printed version. So I ran into the garage and grabbed our paint drop cloth and began to slap brush on the color.


You don't have to use an actual drop cloth to get the effect. I just happened to have one. Fabric paint would give a softer feel, but regular acrylic is what I used.


Once my design was finished, I cut backing out of denim and added a zipper. 


I can't say that I'm an expert with a zipper or sewing machine, but when I want to do a project—I do my best to figure it out. Right at about this moment, I was praying that the bobbin side of the thread wasn't turning into a wild-hairy-thread nightmare because that has happened to me on occasion. I've never been able to figure out that whole 'how to set the tension' thing. 


 I can sew pretty straight though. I did, however, put the pins into the fabric in the wrong direction which made it hard to pull them out while sewing.


I think it turned out pretty good. 
If I had to do it again, I would probably make it a little bigger. 
But it looks okay on the chair in my home office.

My original idea was to take a solid color already existing pillow and paint it. Which would mean no annoying cutting and sewing. But alas, I didn't want to test my idea on a pillow I like—just in case I hated the end result. 
Now that I know it works, I will paint that pillow.


I will update this post in a few days with the results—unless of course, I hate it. Then I'll just delete these last sentences and pretend you're crazy if you ask me about it.

UPDATE!

I actually did it! 


I 'LOVE' it—or should I say I LOVE 'd it? 
What do you think?


2 comments:

  1. Absolutely love the pillow! Oh, how I'm enjoying all of your latest posts. I have a style of work different from yours, which is why I appreciate your work so much. It's refreshing to look at and simply motivates me to further explore my creative side.

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    1. Hi Linda, Thank you for the encouraging words. You have an amazing organic talent. I have seen your blogposts. I wish I could do what you can do in a garden. And I enjoy the way you create objects out of nature.

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