i do not by any means consider myself a seamstress. when people ask me if i sew, i tell them "um, i play with my sewing machine…!" but, oh, i love the combination of paper and stitch (and some bits of fabric thrown in there, too)! this piece began with a sheet of watercolor paper and layers of fabric, lace, and tissue paper were added, then secured to the paper by only the stitching of the three whimsical balloons. after this, the entire piece was dipped in encaustic medium. i love how the beeswax interacts with the lace… then some paint was rubbed onto the balloons themselves, and voila! the whimsical piece of encaustic art you see here!