Sunday, February 27, 2011

The snowman's frame.....

Well, here we are, lesson #4 of the Snowman's Nose mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled......



The comment has been made when looking at this canvas how busy it is.

That's true, there's a lot going on.  That's one of the things I love most about it. 

When it is simply a painted canvas it's hard to distinguish foreground and background. Once we start adding details and pulling some items forward and pushing others to the back, we bring the details into focus.  You start to see that it's  a snowman with birds on his nose peeking through a wonderfully embellished frame.  Remember those great sugar eggs we used to get at Easter?  That's the feeling I'm trying to achieve here.  The frame is super embellished and flashy like a sugar egg.  The snowman is inside peeking out.

The borders are completed in this lesson giving us an anchor to the outside edges of the design. 

The leaves are completely beaded.  That's one of those things I knew from the start I was going to do :-) Lot's of sparkle on the sugar coated border.  I used size 14 silver lined beads here and swarovski crystal beads for the heart so that they would both create different sparkles!


The striped borders around the outside edge are fun little patterns of Crossed Stitches and beads. Yes, we beaded a border!  It's a quickie.

Two more weeks and we'll be done.  We have the hearts and berries in the border to finish and our 3 cute little birdies!

7 comments:

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Clever! This is coming into focus, Ruth. It's amazing how much adding threads and stitches to a canvas brings it to life.

This is fun to watch.

Ruth Schmuff said...

Hi Jane - it is fun to watch, but it's even more fun to stitch! More details to be added, who knows, maybe even more sparkle.

Margaret said...

Now that is really worth knowing. The snowman looking out from inside the fancy frame gives it a dimension I had never thought of. Suddenly the whole canvas shifts and is no longer a flat, busy piece. I thank you for that idea, a whole bunch.

Ruth Schmuff said...

Sometimes we just have to pull out of my brain what I'm thinking :-) Glad you are excited about the possibilities. I having a great time stitching it.

Sheena said...

Framing the Snowman was a great idea. I can't wait to see what you do with the birds, since they are sitting on his/her nose, hmm, pull them forward?

Kelly said...

Hi Ruthie! I know I should be painting for a certain Exclusive Club, but I had to take time to comment. Saw this guy last night and had to come back and study him again this morning. Ruth your stitching is exquisite! I am fascinated with your
twigs and beaded leaves! I know what's in your future!!!!Prediction:
More fancy beading!

Ruth Schmuff said...

You think? Kelly, you are so funny. I'm honored you like my snowman. I'm having a blast with him. Doing birds now, he's almost finished.

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