Saturday, June 27, 2015

Solving a Jigsaw Puzzle

Making the hydrangea bushes was like solving a jigsaw puzzle.  It took numerous tries to get the bushes the way I wanted them.  I would arrange the leaves and flowers one way and then I would take it apart and start all over again.  Finally, I began to think of each flower and leaf arrangement as a single plant and worked with that thought in mind as I built each bush.


I think I will need to add more highlights to the leaves.
A close-up of the beginning of the ornamental grasses in the garden

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Microsoft to the Rescue

I used Microsoft Word to enlarge my photo.  I divided it into four equal squares, print each one separately and then I tape them together.  This eliminated the need to use a commercial service to print it.

Then I traced the major shapes.

I love filling in details with Inktense pencils, but I know I can get carried away and add too much details with them.  Although, I know it is better to begin with the background, I have a tendency to begin with the foreground.  Thus making my life more difficult than it needs to be in the end.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Making Lemonade from a Lemon

It is good to quilt and blog again.  These last couple of weeks have been very crazy due to work and obligations here at home.

Think of one of your worst nightmares as a bride.  Try, the photographer has gone to the wrong hotel one half hour from the hotel where your wedding is to take place.   The before shots are missed because of this error. 

That is where Photoshop is the best friend you can have.  I used a picture a friend  at the wedding took and then lifted  the couple out of  the original photo.  I utilize elements from four other photos to create this one.  I choose not to recreate what should have been a shot from the venue, so as not to remind the bride what could have been.  She likes hydrangeas and they were the flower of choice as her centerpieces.  I will add the shadows when I make the quilt.  Now to make the pattern.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Four Generations of Love

The wedding dress was made of three layers.  The big question was how do I handle all three layers to make the border.  I ended up fusing the two under layers. 

I beaded some of the flowers just as I had done on the dress.
I think of this piece as Four Generations of  Love.  The four being: my daughter's wedding, the medallion in the lower left hand side was taken from my wedding dress and it was sewn on the end of her train; the sky is a picture my mother took and printed on material; and the backing is a printed pansy material, my grandmother's favorite flower.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Bride and Groom

I want to do the border in the material I made the dress, but.......I put the material away so safely that I can't find it.  The hunt continues.

I need to put the Inktense pencils away before I overdo it with minor details.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Adding details with Intense Pencils

Discovering Inktense pencils is one of the best finds I have had in a while.  I like the fact that they become permanent when water is applied to them with a paint brush.

I used Intense pencils to darken the blue in the water and add details to the dock.  The trees are still too bright.

I did get distracted from the background by piecing together the gown.

I shaded the trees with brown.  I just had to try the gown out on the dock.

I am rather pleased so far.

Life is Easier with the Background

Life is easier when you piece the background first.  Usually, I go straight for the figures in my wallhangings.

I traced the major shapes on the black and white copy before I traced the pattern onto tracing paper. Some of the shapes on the dress were tool light to see under the tracing paper.

I repeated the colors of the trees to keep the eyes moving across the water.

 I bought Intense pencils to draw the lines on the dock.  The color of the trees and the water is a bit too bright.  I will need to work on that.