Sew Me Orange

As I mentioned before, I worked as a fashion illustrator for a small chain of stores after I finished my BFA degree.  Therefore, I was anxiously awaiting for some time to participate in the Chic Mannequins and Dress Forms challenges that I found during the week.  With the color orange, inspired by Carla at Crazy Amigo, and the free dress form template from Craft Artwork, I knew I would have fun!

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
The first piece is an ATC for the Crazy Amigo Challenge.  I used a Crescent chipboard base and covered it with 3 different papers from an Art-C Orange & Gold ephemera pack.  I used a small print of the dress form and covered it in Martha Stewart's pewter flocking powder.  It turned into a great little textured silhouette.  I wrote my text on a K&Company Smash sticky note with a Sakura micron pen. I glued it, as well as the dress form and K&Company die-cut flower bouquet.  Then, I tied a piece of orange twine from the Art-C pack.  As a finishing touch, I adorned it with a miniature spool and some beaded pins.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
The second piece is a bookmark for Craft Artwork.  I used a Paperbilities ecru bookmark base and covered with stamped tissue. It's the same technique I used in the Sew Faith tag that I made for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 - May challenge.  I designed a little vintage dress to hang on the full size dress form.  I water colored and shaded the stand parts and flocked the dress form part.  I made the dress with 2 papers in different shades of orange from the Art-C pack, but for some reason my camera read it as pink - Ugh!  I attached a velvet ribbon band on the bottom, and embellished it with a couple of pins.  As a finishing touch, I used a Tim Holtz hanger clip as a topper, and attached a miniature spool and glass bead pendant that I made with a safety pin.

© Arnoldo L. Romero 2012
The last piece, but not the least, is a 4"x6" postcard for my art journal to enter in Sunday Postcard Art.  (However, because I hadn't had time to work on it and the time difference, I missed the deadline.)  I used an orange cardstock base and decorated a medium size dress form as in the last project.  However, I decided it looked marvelous in the nude, so I only tied an orange ribbon around its waist.  I pasted down some scraps from the Art-C pack for the background, as well as a vintage looking sticker and a banner tag I made.  I glued the typed word "beautiful" on the banner.  Next, I punctured 3 rows of dots with a Tim Holtz design ruler, and used them to do some beaded stitch lines.  I attached my dress form with some foam dots.  As a finishing touch, I redesigned one of the flowers in the Art-C pack, by adding a couple of orange buttons to the center.

Designing this orange theme dress form series was a wonderful end of the school year treat for me.  By the way, I have a couple of fine art projects in the making, so I'll be posting those in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!  For now, I'd love to hear what you think of this series and invite you to follow my blog.  Blessings!


...superb makings is such a warm vibrant colour & great for this theme, loVe all your elements & textures, well thought fave is the bookmark as I read a lot...loVely inspiring posting...Mel :)
Dortesjs said…
waue this is beautiful love you cards and your dressses
Monika/Buzsy said…
These are all very pretty! Love the dress form and how you used them differently. Very creative.
Matilde said…
Wonderful dress forms!
Adri Munhoz said…
Wonderful color! Love the silhouette. Hugs
Winnie said…
I love receiving your updates in my email as I know I am in for a treat when I click on it. Great use of the dress forms. I love how you decorated them. Cool idea to use flock! I am adoring the bookmark as I love them.
Teen Queen said…
These dress form projects are HOTT!! Very nice work.