Mad Scientist Monday #6: We complete our plan to take over the world er ponder art....

Day 198  Today we continue our post from last Monday's Mad Scientist  and we give you Vector from he movie Despicable Me, the man who gave you the shark tank living room, the piranha gun and my favorite the squid launcher...OH YEA......this is one of the cleverest animated movies with a great soundtrack I have seen in some time....

You can see the second post where I discuss the stitching and the texture here
Here is a recap of the supplies for this part of the project....
Halloween image
embroidery thread<---in this case a blue thread I found while thrifting, not sure of the brand but it is as thick as 6 strands of the DMC embroidery type but not as strong of fibers
optional: spray sealant

Vector Credit
Completed portrait Raven.

Completed landscape Raven

After the glue dried from Pt I I dry brushed gold paint in random streaks onto the paper.  Then I let that dry for a couple of hours.  I decided against the original brown paint because I wanted some sparkle, I didn't want the whole thing to fade into the background against the brown paper pages.
I lightly sketched the ravens in pencil (because it is hard to erase lines at this point on top of the glue and paint) and then traced over with black medium point Sharpie.

These are my original paper patterns for the two ravens I use in my business.  I just freehand sketched  and enlarged.  

The larger sketches did not turn out too badly for freehanding and I am happy even if their proportions are not exactly right I know that is just the OCD artist talking ;).

Some more angles of the landscape Raven after Sharpie tracing....he's got some rather large feet eh? lol its also the angle I took the picture from but it looks funny here.

He is so handsome.

Then I took a regular ol' pushpin and started punching holes at regular stitchable intervals.  The canvas one was easy the one though the mat board left a blister on my thumb in the future I am going to find a longer tool I have here at the house to use (no buying use what you have). This project was a blast and I can totally see myself doing something similar again.

Here is the thread I used.  Blue is the color of the ravens I used for my business and I wanted  it to look black in certain light and blue in others...I also wanted the thread to look flat like sketched lines but if  you looked closer to see that there is a 3D aspect to it.  Found this thread in a bag of others while thrifting...it is not as strong as the DMC embroidery 6-strand type, its almost like a thin yarn,and its old but it did the trick.
I captured the blue in the light in these pics.

I have a couple of places to glue down on the edges and they will be ready to hang today.

I hope you enjoyed this project.  I know I did!!
This week I will be showing off more of my Covered in Stitches/Altered Book project it is turning out to be quite the fun art invention.

What will you create today?


  1. These are so cool! I love the art that you guys make. I rarely venture out of fabric, but your book art is really cool!

  2. Brilliant! Thanks so much for the link - this is such an interesting and 'different' project! Thanks for sharing it!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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