Monday, July 25, 2011

Of the colour Red… plus bitumen!

I promised photos of my new red living room…. Wow! It is a different room and I adore it. I love being immersed in colour as opposed to just splashes of colour or feature walls….. Even the horrid brown panelling painted beautifully (with Antique White USA (Dulux)) It was perfect for all the trim and a built in bookcase near the front door too… I’m so happy with the colour… Red Stop (also Dulux) Love it, Love it!

New living room colour + Mojo!



After!

Before!



I just need a few new cushions and a rug and a throw rug. There isn't much wall space left for artwork...but maybe just a few small pieces...?!


While I'm on the colour Red, this is where I'm up to with my Tree Of Life #2! I still have some little details to stitch on... some tree roots, an edging, some details on the sun and moon I think, and some more hair on bird self (I've gone red again!)


my Tree of Life #2


I tried out the bitumen technique that Gary Reef shared on his site Loving Mixed Media again. I think I’m officially hooked! Here is the first one finished…





Bitumen experiment #1



This one is I used a simple paper doiley and a wall décor sticker thingy as a stencil…


Bitumen experiment #2



This circular one is another old unfinished collage (there’s more of them hanging around the studio that might get a face lift yet!) Not finished rubbing back yet....




Bitumen experiment #3


Eager to try some more!


Meeting a friend to discuss our entries into an upcoming upcycled fashion parade...

10 comments:

Thimble Fingers said...

Gorgeous colour scheme ... what a difference, no wonder you're so happy.

Jacky said...

That red is terrific, I love the look of your new room, such strong, beautiful colour.
The bitumen work is wonderful. I will check out that link...thanks.

Jacky xox

Marie said...

Red is an interesting color for a room because it is so intense, but you have managed to add it brilliantly. It looks fabulous!
Love the art work. : )

Puddleduck said...

Thanks for your lovely comments ladies!
I know that red is a high energy colour but it works so well in this cathedral ceilinged room...! I love how it glows when the morning sunlight hits it; how it changes to orange where the sun reflects off the newly polished floor boards and how it is dark and moody in the corners and shadows... Yuuuummmmmm...

nandas said...

so sorry you can't read comments on sew. your tree of life has so many wonderful elements. i particularly love the red stitching on the tree trunk. and each of your leaves with the different treatments. its quite striking!

deanna7trees said...

thought i'd leave a comment here since you are unable to read the comments on SEW. i love trees and this is a beautiful vibrant one. red and yellow are 2 colors i struggle with but they are fabulous here. great job.

handstories said...

these are the comments left for you so far over at SEW:

nat said...
this is gorgeous! love the orange and yellow, they go so well together...

Reply July 27, 2011 at 01:05 AM

Doris said...
It is just beautiful, I like your choice of colors it is vivid and coordinated. all these little stiches ... great

Reply July 27, 2011 at 03:57 AM

Tammy said...
Wow .. i love trees and this is so beautiful!! The background fabric reminds me of African print fabric and the tree .. well it looks like a dancing tree!! Love those red print fabrics you've used and the striped bird with flaming hair!! :)

Reply July 27, 2011 at 09:23 AM

Kim said...
wish you could read the comments, this is great! Love the way the bird stands out, great fabric choice! and I am a big fan of trees :)

and mine....love the strength and warmth of your reds. your fabrics and design just move with life.

Puddleduck said...

Thanks so much handstories for posting my 'sew' comments here... :) xo (I am getting my own comments emailed from typepad, but can't seem to view or comment on anyone else's posts..)... nandas and deanna - thanx for coming across from SEW too!

homeschooled said...

gorgeous room! I love red but would I have the courage to pain the room?
The app;ique is wonderful.

Linturn said...

Love the bitumen pieces - (how do you do it?)- especially #3

red room - very brave but what a sucess!

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