Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Art Every Day, Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Good Afternoon,
What joy! To actually make something that I really, really like!
This new piece began with just three layers; red violet dye painted batting, blue dye painted Lutradur and a piece of cotton that I dye painted with thickened dyes.  The smaller photo shows the piece after the first layer of quilting was done.  I simply outlined the red violet swirls and the blue lines.
Next, I cut away all of the background fabric then I went back and stitched a small stipple in the newly revealed background, the blue Lutradur.  Finally, I zapped the Lutradur with a heat gun to melt away portions of it to reveal some of the red violet below.
I love the chaotic, musical feel that it has and all of the depth.  It sort of looks like a wacky stained glass window.  I'm teaching dye painting with thickened dyes later this week and I want to paint another piece of fabric with a design similar to this one and make a larger one of these babies.
See ya tomorrow,
Heather

1 comment:

Christa Irell said...

Ooh- LUCKY ME!!! I am signed up for that dye painting class this week! YAHOO!!!

What wonderful depth this has! It doesn't look like just three layers! The painted top alone looks multi-dimensional, with the swirls and the diagonal lines giving a feeling of many layers. Then having the batting peeking through the Lutradur really gives it some oomph- adding the bits of light here and there.

The quilting in that area also adds greatly to the depth, as does the variation in the color of both the Lutrador and the painted batting, as the darker colors are of course receding and the bits of light are shining and coming forward.

This also has great movement. Even though it has a seemingly random sort of balance, it does feel balanced and the eye just naturally moves around the piece.

I like the color balance too, I like the more muted tones on the top layer with the brighter colors underneath. It keeps the yellow layer from taking over, and every bit of the piece has its say.

This looks like a lot of fun to do, now I want to try!