Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:
What does it take to be courageous? In life? As an artist? These questions have been running through my brain, since they appear to be a common thread to what I have been experiencing this week.
|I used peony leaves to mask areas of|
fabric painted with Setacolor
transparent glitter paint.
Have you seen Laura Kemshall's post on how she created her award winning quilt
|The same fabric as above once the leaves|
have been removed. It is difficult to
capture the glitter in a photograph. However,
you might be able to see it if you click on
the image for an enlarged view. It is
subtle - but a great way to add shimmer.
Each week has its challenges. This one was no exception. It takes courage to test what you think might work. I am grateful for each courageous step I take. Progress is made, perhaps not as much as I might wish, but progress none the less, as you can see.
1) Create 11 Siren's Song blocks. - Another valiant attempt
I finished 7 blocks this week and start the prep work for another 4 blocks.
2) Free motion quilting practice - Not done
|Row 6 and 7 of Siren's Song are complete.|
I'm three blocks into row 8 with four more
to go. Row 9 is the last row. Then it is time
for another leap of faith.
3) Do some surface design work - Done!!
I had fun trying my hand at bonding glitter. When I set the painted fabric outside to dry, I couldn't resist adding some peony leaves for a mask. I purposefully didn't secure the leaves with more than one pin. I wanted some light to get under them and allow the leaves to shift slightly. This way the contrast between the masked section and unmasked sections isn't as strong.
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open. - Done!
It is so tempting to give up. Each week that I fall short of my goal making 11 blocks I fear I may not make the deadline I need to achieve in order to enter this piece into the huge stretch of an exhibit I plan to at least try for. I remain open to the possibility that I will finish on time and persevere despite the diminishing odds.
Will my courage be there when I face next week's challenges? I believe so. I find having a plan, even as simple as the same one week after week helps. Next week will be more of the same, as you can see:
1) Create 11 Siren's Song blocks.
2) Free motion quilting practice
3) Do some surface design work
4) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open.
I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.