This was a little something I tried (and failed) but had fun making. It was meant to end up like a sort of 3D, stuffed paintbrush made from natural cotton. I used permanent markers to draw the brush. It actually turned out quite ok, but then I thought that spraying on fixative to really set the colours would be a good idea. Of course the alcohol in the fixative spray made the colours spread out all over the place...an effect I wasn't expecting. It could be an interesting project to explore in the future, though. I've always been a fan of soft sculpture since my art teacher introduced it to me at high school! We did a unit on the Pop Art movement, and I remember our assignment was to make something hard into something soft, or vice versa.
|The paintbrush drawn with permanent markers on calico fabric.|
|I made a copy of the shape in calico, put right sides together, |
and sewed around the edges with the sewing machine, leaving a small gap.
I turned it right side out, and then hand stitched the gap closed.
|After it was all sewed together, I used my sewing machine to|
go over some of the lines on the 'metal' part of the paintbrush.
I also sewed around the outline of the shape, which gave it
more of a puffy look, rather than fully 3-dimensional.
|This is the backside of the paintbrush. You can see the blueish|
colour has spread through to the back after I tried to 'fix' the colour
with fixative spray (click on image to enlarge). Oh well...we learn by our mistakes!