Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Merry Muse

"A Merry Muse" - Acrylic on Arches Paper
9" x 12" By Mary Maki Rae - 2018(c)
The Bright Happy Colors make me Happy - and of course "the garden theme. Also like the variation of Lace for her hair - Inspired to do more . . . . 

A small retreat to my "mini studio/study room" where I keep my drawing table - to finish this piece where the light is a "little" better during these Winter days - and warmer too. . . .

Discovered this small painting of "Two Marionettes" having fun - and decided to add at the Top a string of Bunting Flags - which I thought completed this piece perfectly-! - must have been inspired by all those decorative flags I made this Christmas for the Tree. . . . funny how things fall into place sometimes -!

Just starting on another Painting on Arches Watercolor paper - 
found this drawing from the 1990's that I made for
a book marker - in a Laura Ashley Decor Book -
Love a bit of Nostalgia . . . . ! 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas Decor

Making Bunting/Flags 
for your Christmas Tree

1- First choose Four different patterned Cotton fabrics of a medium weight that you like - and cut into 1/2 of a yard each.  For a Christmas Theme - I selected Three with different Red & White Patterns and One in the color Green with Gold Metallic Checks.

2- On a piece of cardboard - draw a Triangle Shape that measures: 3-1/4" at the base and 4" from the base to the top point. Cut the triangle out with a straight edge and an exact knife.  This will serve as the template for tracing down and cutting out the bunting/flags.

3- Layout the Fabric with the "wrong side" facing up - then Fold a 4" strip of the fabric at the bottom (as shown above).  Place your template on this folded strip - lining it up exactly along-side the fold.   Trace the triangle shape onto the fabric with a pen and then cut around the sides of template - making sure to leave Fold Intact.  Cut out as many as needed (5-6).
Continue the same procedure with each of the different Fabrics you have chosen - until you have a total of (18) Bunting Flags. 

Our Tree top Angel this year - 
before I attached her Wings.

4-  Place the Flags onto a 1/4" wide Ribbon that measures 3 Yards long.  
Leave 1-1/2" between each triangle Flag - alternating the four different Patterns.  Thread the Ribbon through both layers of the Flag at the top.
Then starting at the left hand side - sew across the top of the first flag - then turn the flag around clock-wise to each side to sew completely. Continue this method for each remaining Bunting flag.


These Bunting Flags looked Lovely on the Christmas Tree - 
Also as Decor for the Wall around a Mirror or Paintings-!