"I made you a Kite so you would have to look up." -Source unknown
Thank you Janet for a tough challenge. It took me a while to come up with something that I thought would be interesting and out of the ordinary to portray. I Googled "look up" and as expected, I was presented with pictures of people looking up into the sky, at the ceiling, into stadium stands, you name it, everyone was looking up. I asked myself "what could everybody be looking at up there?" Then I came across the quote above and had my "aha" moment. I decided that I would try a technique that I had not used before.
So this is my attempt at "look up". I used fabric paint to create the background sky, stenciling with shiva paintstiks for the treetops, and dimensional raw edge applique for the kite tails. I wanted to make the clouds fluffly looking and thought of needle felting, but didn't know how. So I "looked up" a friend who had some knowledge about needle felting. She very graciously made a sample for me and I incorporated it for some of the clouds. It is difficult to see these details in the picture., but you can check them out on my blog.
This challenge stretched my imagination. It gave me a chance to use materials and techniques I do not usually use. Thank you Janet for atough but inspiring challenge theme!