Saturday, March 1, 2008

Painting the Town

I haven't had a lot of time to work on anything, but one of the things I love about blogging is that I can see how little bits of work accumulate into finished (or nearly finished!) projects. Here are a couple of projects I've been working on for my Fabric Painting class at Quilt U. I started with the piece on the left as a simple exercise in drawing a pattern on fabric, then I painted it. I decided to add more lilies to the piece and more detail, and ended up with the piece on the right. I'm still working on adding more detail and fixing some of the strange things about it.

The next piece I worked on was a bird that I drew in pencil onto the fabric. I added a background wash and, for some weird reason, decided it was a good idea to add water around my main image. My brain must have been working backwards, because water will continue to seep into and spread on the fabric until it's dry, so of course the background paint was pulled onto the bird.

I let it dry and then base-coated the bird and the branch with white, then let that dry.

Finally, I painted in the bird and the branch. Not too bad, I think, considering that I have no painting training or skills!

1 comment:

The Carolina Quilter said...

Fantastic job! Very smart to paint in the bird in white when the paint seeped into his area. Very pretty.