Art Every Day, Friday, June 7, 2013
It's been a few days since I've really enjoyed my daily piece from beginning to end. Today I definitely have!
I began by stitching the large, fancy feather on a piece of violet/blue hand dye with two layers of poly batting beneath it. I just stitched the out line of the feather then cut away all of the excess batting, trapunto style. Then I laid the feather stitched violet fabric on top of a piece of yellow green fabric which in turn went down on top of violet batting.
I then restitched the outside of the feather then added the circles in the middle of it and the interior petals. Next I switched to a violet thread and stitched all around the feather with a stratitish line that emanated from the feather and ended at the edge of the violet fabric. I switched back to the blue green thread that I had stitched the feather with and stitched the circles in the yellow green area. I think it's so fun how that yellow green has risen above the violet and looks closer to the viewer even though it is physically underneath it. Ah, color.... it so often has it's way with us mere humans.
Once all of the quilting was done, I swept over the raised surface of the stitched feather with a sponge brush and some iridescent blue green Shiva paintstik to highlight it. Then, because it kinda has an eastern Indian look to it, I added the small dots using silver Tsukineko ink and a fine, fine brush.
I really love it. It's both pretty and interesting for such a small piece.
We'll I'm off to get goodies for tonight's First Friday celebration here at the gallery,