This is the first of several posts that I will use to describe how I made this fiber art piece for my Serendipity Exchange group. I have been trying to do a bird themed piece for each exchange for the last year, at least. I want to try to keep it going as long as I can think of ways to configure the theme to birds in some way.
I have bird feeders hanging from my patio cover, and the finches and sparrows make a huge mess out there, with seed dropped all over the paving. The doves are the clean up crew and come in to collect the spilled seed. I love seeing my chubby, well fed doves and hearing their cooing sound when I wake up. So this art quilt is dedicated to them.
Below you can see the photos I took of the doves on the patio. I made black and white copies of the photos and enlarged the birds to a few different sizes. I cut out the black and white birds and made some arrangements with them to determine my layout.
Once I decided on the bird sizes I wanted, I traced the birds on tracing paper and cut the tracings out. This is the cup and saucer I used as my inspiration for the piece. I photographed it and cut out the cup from the black and white printed image.
After doing my tracings I worked on arranging the doves and cup in a 12" x 12" square, which is the size requirement for this Serendipity exchange. This is what I came up with:
My next post will be about starting the painting on the background fabric.
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