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Banner-dragon

By spotogspindel | April 29, 2009

I´ve been working on the banner, and not been completely satisfied, but I realize that this is because I´ve only been working with the background, and it needs something… more! So today I made a big ornament on one side of the banner It is an old viking silver broach  found in an archeological dig some years ago, not far from Moster. The dragon was a popular motive in the old viking-ornamentation, and since Moster has a very strong, national viking-history, I thought it was natural to bring in this element. 

First I made a huge copy of the broach to transfer onto the silk fabric. Then I machine-embroidered it on to the background.

dragon1

And since it looked kind of flat, I decided to paint it.

dragon2

I used a mix of acrylic and fabric-paint, and certainly hope it will hold! Iredecent blue black acrylic that hopefully will give a nice shimmer, and opaque white fabric paint, in different mixes. It still doesn´t look as if it is hammered in silver, but it isn´t as flat any longer. I can´t remember doing this before, so it was kind of experimenting as I went along. 

dragon3

The fun thing, is that it changes in the light, and from what angle you look at it. which is one of the reasons I love silk!

changing-light

Topics: Diverse | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Banner-dragon”

  1. Deirdra Doan Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 09:37

    Oh Dear Janne…this is so beautiful…and I received the most wonderful package today..so many lovely treasures…and I read the book about your island…so much beauty and magic! Thank you so very much…did you make the stamps with fun foam? and what did you use for paint…or ink..???I love the one of you and the stamp on the package! I need to spend sometime with the music…oxoxoxo
    I posted it on my blog.

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 09:50

    Yes, the stamps are made of fun foam. On paper I usually use acrylic and on fabric, I use ordinary fabric-paint. Sometimes, if I want a shimmering metallic feel, I will mix acrylic with fabric-paint. Mixing gold acrylic with brown fabric-paint gives a beautiful copper-bronze-ish color, for instance.

  3. sherry goodloe Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 16:05

    At first glance, the dragon looks like it is made out of a silk fabric and stuffed – sort of like quilting. That’s what I see 🙂 I like it!

  4. spotogspindel Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 16:15

    Well, apart from the stuffing, you are right. It is a bit like quilting. I´ve used machine embroidery to outline the different parts or edges, and used paint to enhance it, or make it seem three-dimentional. Thanks for the compliment! I´m glad you like it 🙂

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