Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Another point about making your initial sketch for an art quilt...

Yesterday I showed you how I come up with a drawing for an art quilt, then have it blown up to my desired finished size. It is important that you make your initial smaller drawing proportional to your desired finished size, or your blown up image won't fit your needs.

Of course if you don't have a particular size requirement for your finished piece, you can blow it up to whatever size makes you happy and go from there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How I start an art quilt

When I start a new art quilt, I always begin with some sketches and drawings. I recently completed a desert scene, and this is the drawing that I came up with for it.

To come up with this drawing I looked at some sketches I had made from trips to the desert, as well as photographs. I decided which elements I wanted to have in the sketch, and then started to move them around to try out different layouts. This drawing doesn't really exist in one location. It is a compilation of several features found in the desert at different locations.

Once I decide on a layout, I redo the sketch on a piece of paper about 8-1/2" x 11" size. I darken the lines with a sharpie and take it to the FedEx store. There I get it blown up to the size of the finished piece.

This drawing is 30" x 52" and it is taped on a closet door in my art room.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beading workshop photos

Cynthia Catlin giving some instruction

Here are some photographs from the beading workshop that Cynthia Catlin and I did at the Cerritos library. We both enjoyed the workshop and thought it was a success. We had good attendance and the opportunity to teach some techniques and give some examples of how to use beads on your fiber art pieces. Hopefully we will be able to do this again sometime!
Eileen Wintemute doing a demonstration

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beading Workshop

I am excited to tell you that I will be teaching a beading workshop with Cynthia Catlin tomorrow at the Cerritos Library. It will be from 1 - 4 pm.

I will show how to do various beading application and give tips to make your beading experience better. I know its late notice, but if you are in the area, stop by. The library is located at 18025 Bloomfield Ave, in Cerritos.

While you are there you can also see the Quilts on the Wall "Gates" Special Exhibit.