Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week was “embellish it.” I had just gotten Jane Davila’s “Surface Design Essentials,” and I decided to use the book in meeting the challenge.

The piece below starts with fabric that was originally “embellished” by being used to clean brushes and wipe down a table after I created another piece of cloth. Once that was bordered with brown, I stenciled on a bird and some dragonflies and then used Derwent Inktense pencils (which are really great to use!) to enhance the blue. I free-motion quilted the piece and then added gold buttons and some brass brads to play off the gold in the fabric and bronze tone of the dragonflies.