I started by painting simple abstract design using patterns of shapes and lines – nothing too fancy about this watercolor. I used watercolor paints for the background on a 140 lb cold press watercolor paper.
We visited the Green Hill Center for Art in downtown Greensboro last weekend to see the show Word Maps. It featured the artists Vicki Essig, Heather Gordon, Paul Rousso, and Merrill Shatzman. All of the works by these artists were inspiring to me, and I found the show to be such a surprising delight.
Paul Rousso’s work with collage was most interesting to me – his use of old books, comic pages, and newspaper was fascinating. The scale of his collages were formidable, however upon closer inspection you were able to start recognizing and picking out text and patches of color.
Needless to say, I was inspired. On the way back to the car we stopped at a used book store and I picked up a few old hardcover books to start my newest collage adventure.
Cut a length of ribbon, use your head and the hair tie to measure. Cut the ribbon longer than necessary so you can trim excess.
Fold and iron a loop of ribbon around the hair tie at one end. Sew and back stitch along the length of the hair tie.
Measure one last time by safety pinning other end of ribbon around hair tie. Try the headband on and make adjustments as needed.
Sew along second loop, same as first.
Variations of ribbon headband to try: braided ribbons, beaded ribbons, sewing a smaller ribbon on top of wider ribbon, adding embellishments of all kinds.