Tip, Thoughts and Techniques:
I had thought I would write about the natural arch of making a piece of art; how I go from "you're a genius, Gwyned" to "not so bad" and then where I was yesterday with Sunrise Abstraction, "this has been a waste of my time. why do I even bother?" What I discovered, as I prepared the photos is I do know why I bother and Sunrise Abstraction isn't as horrendous as it had first seemed.
|Feeling the Love is my free motion quilting practice|
this week. The pattern comes from Whirls 'n Swirls.
|This is the right side of the swamp fabric that I created|
by painting PFD Kona cotton. The dye does seep
to the back, but not as saturated as on the front.
Here is the work that I managed last week:
1) Finish Reflection #2 - Create and attach the label either when needed or when I have a second label to print at the same time. - Still on hold
2) Work on Sunrise Abstraction - Done!
I continued to working on piecing, adding a few more strips to the water, creating the sky and then assembling the three sections (sky, sunrise, and water) together.
3) Free motion quilting practice - Done!
I chose another Whirls 'n Swirls design to practice with. I've decided to call it Feeling the Love. I am not sure what Tracy calls it. I'm so pleased that Tracy has decided to come up with another year of free motion quiltings motifs to practice with. She has her own twist on FMQ with barbs, hooks and ways to maneuver around the canvas that I am ever so slowly beginning to grasp and make part of my muscle memory.
4 Do some surface design work - Done!
What a difference layering of surface designs can make. I learned this in 2014 when I spent the year doing all of LifeBook 2014's mixed media assignments. Now I am applying what I learned to do on watercolor paper to fabric.
I knew the value differential on my swamp fabric was too much of a leap. So, when I was selecting a fabric to try out my new moldable foam stamps on I grabbed the swamp fabric. I selected a pea, leaning towards chartreuse green acrylic paint, mixed it with textile medium and started stamping. I noticed several things. One, the stamps were not flat, they were convex after being molded, so getting a clear image wasn't working. Two, the paint was transparent, so the navy blue and paint created a secondary color except where there were paint globules. Even though the effect I achieved wasn't what I expected, I really, really liked how it came out. I've named the piece Bayou and am thinking it will make an excellent small (12" x 12") whole cloth quilt. I might even wrap it around stretcher bars since the fabric is close to 15" x 15".
5) Beware of when I find myself shutting down and find a way to stay open - Done!
The trick will be to maintain my forward momentum as I approach next week's work which is likely to be:
1) Finish Reflection #2 - Create and attach the label either when needed or when I have a second label to print at the same time.
2) Work on Sunrise Abstraction
3) Free motion quilting practice
4 Do some surface design work
5) 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.