Friday, June 20, 2014

Line Study Evolving

     Do you feel pressure trying to decide which colors to use in a piece of art? Or which arrangement to use in a composition? I always do. I wonder if there would have been a better choice. Maybe it's because I don't have a formal art training background. Well, for now, I've found a solution that frees me up from worrying about making an irreversible error. I go back and forth between digital and real media.
     In my last post, here, I showed you lines I had sewn onto white crinoline and I was trying to decide what to do next. I showed you this image that I had created with a combination of ArtStudio and Snapseed Apps on my iPad.
digital image from ArtStudio and Snapseed

 Both Apps are so much fun. ArtStudio is very much like Photoshop Elements. In it I used tools to paint over the photos of my crinoline gong interpretation and my crinoline Buddha. Snapseed doesn't take any work or much imagination. It does all the work. You just click on different screens of your photo and it manipulates it all by itself.
     Then I got to work with actual paints on the crinoline that was sewn onto batting.
Paints and GAC 900 on crinoline
I also painted the crinoline sewn Buddha. Then I hand-appliquéd the Buddha and sewed on beads.
In process

 So now I'm again at a stage of not knowing what to do next. I started to square off the piece with a rotary cutter but when I had three edges cut, I paused before I cut off the bottom. I liked the uneven bottom edge. I have to decide whether to paint that bottom edge of fabric, cut it off, add another piece of fabric on top, hang fringy something or other? How to sew on those brown squares. And of course, I need to decide how to edge it. Probably a pillowcase finish. 
     My next step will be to take this last photo back to ArtStudio and paint up the bottom edge various ways to see how it looks. Light, dark, medium values. Teal, brown, mottled, etc.
     I'm linking this to Off The Wall Friday  where you can find other art quilt blogs. Please make comments on their posts to let the artists know you stopped by.


  1. Hi, Regina. I find your process to be very interesting--nice use of technology. I like the extended lower edge. You could audition fabric scraps, even let them hang free. Art pieces always seem to grow on their own!
    best, nadia

    1. I have several fabric scraps on the design wall next to it. I'm playing around with adding some texture rubbings to one of them to mimic the gong lines. (It looked good when I auditioned it that way in the ArtStudio App so I'll see how it looks on the actual fabric now.) It's something to do while I wait in offices for appointments. I can work on my fabric art virtually.


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