Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Face of a Diva!

I mentioned in my last post that I use my enlarged drawing as a pattern template. Here you see the enlarged drawing on my light pad, with white fabric laid over it. I traced the outlines of the head, arms and feet on the white fabric so that I could paint them.

Here is the face painting in progress. I used Tsukeniko paints with Aloe Vera gel to do the painting on the fabric. The gel gives me a lot of control over the flow of the paints. they can still bleed with the gel, and sometimes I have to use a hair dryer to dry an area quickly to prevent it from flowing into the adjacent location. But the gel makes the painting technique like using oil paints, but still gives the look of a watercolor.

Here is the face a little further along:

I still need to add some dark shading to the top of the head and a little more shadow on the face near the left side of the nose, but you can get the idea. I think her lips need a little more pink color too, hmm....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Project - Diva in the Making!


This is a picture of one of my nieces, Shannon. She was about 3 or 4 years old, I think, in this picture. I have always loved it - her posture, the over-sized glasses, the cool jeans and belt, and her feet that still have baby fat on them!

So my next project is to make a fiber art piece based on this photograph. I did a line drawing tracing from the photograph, and then I enlarged this line drawing to my desired finished size, which is about 25 inches high.

line drawing

enlarged drawing

The enlarged drawing is what I use for patterns for the fabrics for my art quilts. I'll show more of that in the next few posts. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


I go on a fishing trip every year to the North Umpqua River in Oregon. It is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, in my opinion. There are mergansers on the river, and  I see them on the water or flying  by when I am fishing. They are wonderful to watch and I look forward to seeing them every year.

This is a watercolor painting I did from a photo of the mergansers on the river.

Mergansers by Eileen Wintemute

Friday, September 30, 2016

Flamingo, Flamango! - It's Done!

"Flamingo, Flamango!

Yeah! I have finished this thread painted piece! It took a lot of stitching, but it is done and I'm happy with the way it looks. I painted the white areas at the corners that I talked about in my last post, and put on a binding and sleeve. I've decided to call it "Flamingo, Flamango" because nothing else came to me!

On to my next project....Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flamingo Stiching Complete!

And I'm finished with the stitching! I think this kind of stitching, with such small spacing, is called micro-stitching, or micro-quilting. I'm glad to have it done! It takes a fair amount of time for a small space!

I am pleased with the appearance though. I should add that I straight stitched the border around the center on my "regular" sewing machine.

My next step is squaring it up and deciding on either a binding or facing for the piece. Right now I'm leaning toward a binding.

I also noticed that a couple corners were not painted to the edge. After I trim it up I will paint those white areas to match the blue. I'll show you that when I get to that stage.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stitching the Border

I thought I would show you a close up of the border as I am stitching it. You can see the black Frixion pen markings that I followed.

I decided not to do the curlicue stitching between the border around the center and the major fancy horseshoe design.  It was too small to see, I thought and didn't enhance the appearance. I just stitched right over the markings.

I'm always glad when I get to a point that I can press the piece and get rid of the markings. They make it look messy and I get sick of that look. Here it is after pressing, and you can see the difference. It looks a lot cleaner.

I should be done with the rest of the border soon. I'll show you that in my next post. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tin Tile Background Enhancement

I decided to do stitching to enhance the tin tile image in the background of the Flamingo piece. I used a meandering, tightly stitched pattern. To help me see the image better I used a Frixion marker to draw the lines of the design. Then I stitched the area around this design thoroughly. Here are some in-progress photos:

My thought while doing this small stitching is "one-eighth inch spacing". That helps me keep the size of the open areas consistent. The center is done now. On to the border design area! I'll post that when it is done. Thanks for visiting my blog!