Monday, July 27, 2015

Boundless Exhibit at Cerritos Library

I am a member of  Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists, and we have two exhibits starting at the Cerritos Library on August 2nd. One exhibit is called "Boundless" and it features work mounted on an 18" x 36" canvas. This is my Boundless piece called "Pelican on Pier". I'll be posting about the making of this over the next few weeks, along with some other things I've been up to. Here is additional information about the exhibits:

Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists

We are proud to announce that we will have two exhibits, “Boundless” and “Shaped by Fiber” on display at the Cerritos Library during the months of August and September, 2015.

Exhibit Dates - August 2 through September 30, 2015
Exhibit Location - Cerritos Library, 18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, California, 90703, Phone 562-916-1350.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

"The Krew" - Urban Graffiti Fiber Art Piece

Here is a photo of my finished piece for the Urban Graffiti exhibit entitled "The Krew".  I turn it in tomorrow, and if it is juried in to the Urban Graffiti exhibit it will travel around next year to various shows in the U.S. I'm happy with the way it turned out and give credit to Alexandra Sloan for the great photo that I based it on. I really enjoyed making it!

"The Krew" by Eileen Wintemute
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Urban Graffiti - The Krew Quilting

It's always a good feeling to get a quilt sandwiched for quilting. It seems downhill from there. 

Today I'm posting photos of the quilting stitching that I did on the Urban Graffiti piece. I tried to have angles in the stitches I chose, rather than a lot of curved shapes. There are some curves in the meandering, but it looks rough to me.  

I also added the words "Urban DK" and "Krew" in quilting stitches:

I stitched around the figures and clothing, putting stitches in shadow areas and around collars, etc. And here's the quilting in the letters and on the top of the quilt:

I'll show you the finished piece in the next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

I am lucky to have been born in the United States. Some people say just being born here is the equivalent of winning the lottery. I agree. Happy Fourth to all of you!

Anthem Story by Eileen Wintemute

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Urban Graffiti - "The Krew"

This post is about my Urban Graffiti art quilt.  I've decided to call it "The Krew". I understand that "krew" is the name and spelling that taggers use. So that's what I'm calling it.

My last post was about painting the clothes. Today I'm going to talk about painting the wall, graffiti and ground surface.

For the graffiti I used an orange Jacquard textile paint.

 I put it on in a way to make the strokes visible and going in different directions, or to leave bits of white fabric showing through.

The three dimensional part of the letters was painted dark blue. I used inks for that area.

 I outlined the letters with black or dark blue pens and paint.

The ground surface was painted in the same ochre that I used for the clothes.  I mixed some white with the ochre to give lighter value areas. Likewise I added shading around the shoes for depth.

After the lettering was done I painted the wall behind it. I selected a gray color. The gray paint I used was an ink. I mixed it with aloe-vera gel and white opaque Setacolor paint to lighten the value of it.  Here is the wall color:

I left some of the white showing through to give a mottled appearance.

You can see the overall look in these last two photos. Now its on to the quilting stage!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On to the Clothes

before painting the clothes

They look kind of stark without color in their clothes, don't they?

To paint the clothes I start off with a lighter to medium value of the color I want the clothes to be. While the paint is still wet I will wipe out the lightest value areas to remove some of the paint. That helps to give you highlights and a three dimensional look. Once the light and medium values are painted I put in darker values in the shaded areas. For the darker values I mix dark blue and/or black with the paint color. The last step is to go back and add some highlights using white mixed with the color of the clothes. I used Jacquard paints for most of the clothes.  

Here you can see a green shirt painted with medium values and the lighter areas wiped out.

To the left you what it looks like with some of the shading added. It really starts to give it a three dimensional look.

Here is a photo of shorts that gives a good example of the importance of shading:

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Painting Hair

Next steps for “Urban Graffiti” piece: the hair

Most of the kids have brown hair, with the exception of one blondy in the group. I painted the blond hair first, because I knew I needed to put blond highlights on the brown hair before I put in the darker values.

blond hair

For the blond hair I used mixtures of white and yellow ochre, some lighter and some medium values. Browns were used in the darker areas of the blond hair for shadow areas and depth.

brown hair

I mixed brown hair color from the flesh tones and some other darker/reddish colors and made various shades of brown hair. The autumn leaf color used in the flesh tones helped to make the browns richer looking. I tried to make sure there were highlights and loose ends sticking out from the hats so it didn’t look like a helmet.

On to the clothes...

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