Art Every Day, Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Here is today's new piece and it was a joy to make.... both times around. I made the swirl fabric quite some time ago. It is a batik made using Elmer's gel glue as a resist and Dyenaflow paints. I love swirls and circles both. The movement of the swirl, the fullness of a circle. They're both so female.
Anyway, I chose a pink and orange hand dyed for the background and set it on orange dye painted batting. I ironed some Misty Fuse to the back of the swirly Batik then cut out the large and small sections. After playing with the positing for a bit I ironed everything in place.
The quilting is rather straight forward; white thread in the white portions of the swirls and a 1/4" grid in the negative space. I chose to stitch the grid with straight lines rather than wavy, which would have been easier, so that I could practice straight line free motion quilting. It ain't perfect, but it's not too bad.
I like the depth that the swirls have. In addition to the variation of sizes, this happened because of the way that I painted them. They're sort of wonky with narrower sides and closer/farther apart lines and most of them are oblong rather than actual circles so that make them look as though they are bending. I also like how the white pulls them to the forefront. Because they are basically the same colors as the background, they could have easily gotten lost. This was a good, creative day. Wait till you see the project that I just finished. Look for it in tomorrow's email and on Facebook.