Saturday I shared my Third in a Series for Four In Art, Fairy Tales, Princess and the Pea.
Today I'll talk a bit about my process.
I had decided quite a long time ago that this is what I wanted to do. I usually do a sketch out of what I'm thinking, mostly for a size reference.
It's funny, once I started drawing the ideas flooded in on how I wanted to do this mini.
My notes scribbled on the paper.
First I made the stand along mattresses. Selvedges sewn with a layer of batting and a thin backing material. When I laid it on the background material, I decided it would probably be best if I quilted the background first, since everything going on top was embellishments that would be a pain to quilt around.
Minis are great for Frankenbatting.
The background quilted and ready to go.
The next day.... (you can tell by the better lighting) I added a lace bed skirt and some bed posts.
Now, the ladder. It is puffy paint drawn onto wax paper and peeled off.
I worked perfectly. I did let it "cure" for 72 hours, like the bottle recommended.
In fact, it worked so well, I made two. Actually, the first one was too short. Oops. It was fine. I kind of like the more rickety looking ladder anyway.
I used Aleene's Glitter and Gem glue to secure the ladder in a few key places. I knew I could never draw the ladder directly on the fabric and have it turn out OK. No where to go if you screw it up.
Let's see, what else. I originally just had the brown wooden beads on the top of the bed posts, but they needed something more, so I added more beads.
The pillow is a layer of fabric and batting sewn and then turned right side out. I ended up stem stitching around in red to make the pillow pop. Otherwise it blended into the background.