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Empress Irene of Byzantium

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Empress Irene of Byzantium

Saint Irene Piroska of Hungary 

fabric mosaic

I put the finishing touches on Empress Irene (pronounced eye-ree’-nee) today.  Thank you to everyone who made a guess about who she might be.   I think she looks pretty good for a mother of eight children.  🙂

I still have to get it pinned to a foam core and scanned, but that will take a bit and I wanted to share before I go on my summer blog break.    Below is a cropped version and another image with the border that I use for a matting effect when I frame it.

Empress Irene

with border

Empress Irene - fabric mosaic

The source of inspiration for my fabric mosaic was the famous mosaic found on the south gallery wall of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia mosaic

close up view

Empress Irene

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Creating braids in fabric mosaic medium

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I think I’ve done it!

Wow, what a challenge creating a braid in fabric, but I think I’ve finally done it.

braid created in fabric mosaic medium

Hooray

One down, one to go.

Doing the happy dance!

I’m going to have to be very careful to make sure the second braid is cut so that it looks like it “belongs” with the first braid.  There is a lot of color variation in the fabric I’m using and it really shows way more than than I thought it would if it’s not done right… learned that the hard way.  I’m going to have to make careful visual comparisons to get it right.  Time to take a break before tackling that.

Maybe I’ll work on that luscious piece of purple linen I bought last week.   Hmm…

Creative Photo Editing – The Great PicMonkey Adventure

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Tales of Photo Editing

OK, I know my last post was a showcase for Lady Christmas, but since publishing that entry, I’ve been deep diving into the depths of the PicMonkey pool.   I’ve uploaded, downloaded, and am pretty much overloaded, but after much trial and error and hours sitting in front of the computer screen (I’ve been at it for two days straight. well, PicMonkey and Spoonflower both), I’ve managed to create some interesting photo-collages that I want to market for Christmas.  I’m really quite excited about the potential for application of this very cool online tool and if you’ve never used it, be sure to visit PicMonkey and check it out.

Here is the result of my PicMonkey adventure… an 8″ x  8″ print that is just in time for the holidays.  I hope you like her!  And if you do, you can help me by sharing my RemnantWorks link on your favorite social media site.   That would be soooo nice of you all… I will “heart you” forever.   🙂