So far, I've participated in 3 of the Colour Me Positive 2016 Weekly Journal Challenge, by creating mini art quilts that are mostly words with free motion quilting (FMQ). I love seeing everyone's art work on the dedicated Facebook page. The pieces are fun and use all types of art journalling techniques. I didn't even know that this existed until joining them!
|Week 18 of the Colour Me Positive Challenge - Healing Art (13" x 7.5")|
|Details of the tree - coloured and thread painted|
I took out my permanent markers and coloured the tree and outlined some of the butterflies and flowers. Since the green of the tree was too intense, I toned it down with some thread painting in browns and darker green.
I then added the "Healing Art" using some cool grungy alphabet stamps. The letters didn't stand out enough so I experimented with my new markers and played around with a colourless blender. Wow! I love the effect it has on the letters - I even used them on the tops of the tulips. It makes them look like water colours. I then added metallic thread through the bobbin and did a little bit of FMQ
As with all of my art, the hardest part is knowing when to stop. I looked at the piece from the perspective of the art theory I've been learning.
Does the piece have:
- a focus point;
- balance; and
I think that the answer is yes. However, since the techniques used on this piece include FMQ, stencils, markers and stamps, I though that I should add appliqué to the mix. That's when I dug into my scrap stash and found two cools cats! Nothing says mellow like cats hanging around :-)
Week 9 - Live like a grownup, play like a child
At the quilt show last weekend, my daughter bought me a couple of hand dyed cheese cloth by local fibre artist Linda Palaisy.
|Fantaisie 2 -my creation for Week 9 (6.5" x 9")|
I attached the cheese cloth to a blue cotton to lighten it up. In my stash I found three different fabrics - the hollyhock, the faeries and half meter of fabric that had butterflies, hummingbirds and these great borders.
|Fantaisie 2 - close up|
What I learned:
- I should stop when I'm tired - that's when challenges happen.
- Challenges are not important when playing. Fix it, or just move on :-)
- To colour or write on cloth, just iron the cloth to freezer paper to make it more stable.
- The Fantaisie 2 piece is dark, but I think that the borders lighten it up and give it contrast.
- I love the look that the cheese cloth adds to the piece.
- In case you're wondering, yes, week 9 should come before week 18, but we're encouraged to add our pieces whenever they're ready.
Oh Scrap! Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday, Free Motion Mavericks, Off the Wall Friday, and Freemotion by the River