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. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Gift of Love

There is no greater love than that of a child, especially on her wedding day. 
First I want to thank  Keats Webb,, the photographer at my daughter's wedding for allowing me to use one of her phenomenal photos of my daughter's wedding.  She is a very creative and talented photographer. 
When I first saw this picture, I said this is the one.

I wanted to have my mom represented in the wall-hanging and what a better way than to include a picture she took.  In the sky, I put pictures of the bridal party I converted into line drawings.  You can see them close up, but they blend into the sky from a distance.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pop Art on a Pillow

The good thing about  staying at home on snow days when you know that it will be made up during your summer vacation is getting projects completed.

 I figured my niece would prefer a pillow over a wall-hanging, thus the pillow.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pieced and Face Stitched

Enough already, I know I don't live in Boston,  But enough is enough, everyday they cancel school due to snow is another day of my summer vacation spent in the classroom.

Picking out the prominent features really made me concentrate on the shape of the eyes, nose and mouth, as well as the major shapes caused by shadows in the hair.

I decided to really concentrate on the negative space within the face.  I scanned many websites studying portraits and the quilting patterns stitched on the faces.  I also decided to outline the edge of the nose in black thread.  My first thinking was to do the shading of the nose in black Inktense black pencil, but now I will go back and thread paint over it.  Since this was done in the style of pop art, I decided to do the pattern above.  My major regret is I now wished I had done the rows of stitching closer together. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

You Know the Old Saying

You know the old saying, "Watch what you post on Facebook, you never know where your posting will end up."  Well, that is definitely the case for my next wall-hanging.  I did get permission from her father before I posted her picture on my blog.

One of my personal goals this year is to explore faces and portraits.  I have always wanted to draw, paint, quilt a portrait, but have always shied away from the challenge.  This is the year of the portrait.  Then I got that once in a while brilliant idea and thought why not do Andy Warhol pop art style portraits to begin this quest.  In doing so, I need to mainly concentrate on the prominent facial features not the coloring, shading, etc.

I changed the portrait to black and white, then I applied the pencil sketch filter (check out my tutorial page).  This was too light....

so I applied another filter and make it darker. I now have options, options are good.