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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cowgirl project

I'm in a group of artists that have chosen to do a "packet" swap for the next few month.  I received my first packet from Judi.  She had lots of cowgirl pictures and western style embellishments included in the packet.  I started a trio of collages with this brown leather-look paper.  Next I cut a section from a retailer's sack that had advertisements on it.  I sewed this section to the bottom of the collage and made pockets by sewing it into three sections.  Also included in the packet was a selection of cowgirl playing cards.  I chose Calamity Jane and Poker Alice for the two large pockets.  The name "Deadwood" decorated the back of the cards, so I cut along each side of the word and made a tag from one of the other cards to place in the narrow center pocket.  I had some beautiful yellow gold letters that I used to spell out COWGIRLS at the top of the collage.  I attached a silver star in the upper right-hand corner.  I used a brown strip of leather and made a ribbon secured in the center with a brown brad and attached it to the front of the center pocket.  I tore out one of the cowgirl pictures and edged it with a brown inkpad and attached it to the left pocket front.  Next I used red thread in four buttons and attached one next to the cowgirl picture and three to the top of the pocket on the right.  I used some thin brown twine to sew the shell buttons to the bottom of the collage.  Finally I attached the metal "Destiny" tag next to the brown leather ribbon.  Everything in this collage was included in the packet except the red thread and the brown twine.