Posts Tagged ‘paint’

Pork In The Trees

April 23, 2014

 

One of my favorite scenes in “The Lion In Winter” is the argument Katherine Hepburn has with Peter O’Toole which ends with her shouting “There’ll be pork in the trees by morning!” I mention this because I’m planning to base my Progressive tree block project on that scene.

The first collection of fabrics that I chose didn’t quite work, so I went to plan B. The first design I chose didn’t quite work, so I went to plan C.

The tree block project in progress

The tree block project in progress

The first paint treatment I chose was based on a pig cookie cutter. Turns out that was too clunky.

These little piggies won't fly

These little piggies won’t fly

The second treatment used a simple leaf with subtle enhancement from a fine-line green pen. Turns out that was too subtle.

A shy pig

A shy pig

The third treatment uses more colors of paint and bolder enhancement with a medium-line black pen.

Waiting for the pigs

Waiting for the pigs

I guess my next project is going to be based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, with the third choice that is just right.

Luck and wisdom!

 

Silk and Santa Fe

May 2, 2012

Trees and science fiction – must be Art Quilt Santa Fe. Betty Busby was the teacher this year. Her award-winning quilts are fabulous, as was her four-day workshop. She had us painting on silk, which I have done before without much success. This time was different. Betty encouraged us to relax and let the fabric and the paint take us on a journey. Once I let go of my expectations and allowed the end product be a surprise, I had a blast.

As with last year’s workshops, I planned to use my projects for my tree series. We started with our backgrounds. Betty had us painting from light to dark vertically. I painted a sunbeam filtering through a forest.

Next we made patterns. I sketched out a tree trunk with branches, then Betty enlarged it with a computer resizing program. The design is printed out in separate sheets, and taped together.

We cut our designs out of Remay, which we had also painted in a light-to-dark gradation, and fused them to the surface.

I’m not certain what I’ll do for borders, but I left my options open by leaving the tree branches loose over the edge of the silk.

We also worked with paint sticks. Here is a cedar I painted on a scrap of satin. The trunk is a line of copper paint stick.

I promised you sci fi, and here it is:

We painted another piece of silk in a circular gradation from light to dark. The idea was to fuse a single organic image graded from dark to light on top of the silk. By this time, however, my silk was chattering away and made sure I could see it was a galaxy. And it wanted space ships. Pink and blue space ships.

Who am I to argue with the galaxy?