Monday, February 22, 2010

STUDIO TALK - The Process

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On my way over to the Studio, trudging through fresh snow, on the path I snapped a picture of the state of my garden, at this point in time. And, in a rebellious mood, wearing Capri's and flip flops I wrote my header on the step, into the Studio. Sometimes you just have to take a attitude with Mother Nature, you know?

I put a transparent blue and red wash on the graffiti canvas. Let it dry and then added some light touches of yellow in spots. When that had dried I gave the entire piece a wash of Titan buff.
Later today I will give it a coat of gel medium.
I made a little collage for you to see what I ended up working on, this morning. Top left is the book, Jacket Jackpot. I wanted to make a vest from the book. You will also see my Color Guide which I love. Sometimes I pick a color, say blue, for instance and when the quilt or piece is done I'm not happy with that color blue. It took me a while and this Color Guide to realize that I make better choices of some colors when I have them already separated by Blue-Green, Blue-Red, etc. That's why I have my fabric bins set up after the Color Guide.
Fabric dyes and paint colors are not the same.
For this part of the vest, the back yoke I wanted to make a bargello and I wanted to use Triad colors that went with my main fabric. I went to my bins and pulled the correct colors of blue, magenta and chartreuse that I needed.
I cut my 1 1/2" strips of seven colors. Set together three sets of the color runs and then sewed those sets together. Then I sewed them together to make a tube. You then cut the tube into different widths and sew everything back together again. Oh, it's a little more tricky than that but I'm not going to go into the details, you can find a ton of good quilting books on making the bargello design.
The problem is when I had finished and I was pressing the piece I found myself looking at one,
this wonderful book by Freddy Moran & Gwen Marston. In it they talk about how they create their quilts together over the long distances. They work in "parts". There is a whole section on The Parts Department. Blocks that they make that can be put up on the design wall and adjusted to fit together to create a rather free spirited wild quilt. Just the kind of quilt I like to make.
So, I'm pressing my finished little bargello block and I look over at my design board with my two Full Moon with Story Teller blocks and I know that this new block belongs over there with them. You can see it, in the collage, on the bottom right.
It may not stay between these two blocks but I realized that I love the color combinations and it's the directions I want for filler in this art quilt. Well, one of many different filler "parts".

I did sew another group of little blocks together for the baby quilt. After lunch I will go back over and settle down to make another row.

I'll put a coat of gel medium on the graffiti canvas and let that dry over night and then get back to work on the baby quilt. Of course, while I'll be sewing I'll be thinking about that vest and what I want to do with that back yoke now.

:)Bea Who doesn't always know why she's creating what she is creating.

12 comments:

  1. I like your graffiti panel...it's the colors and patterns. You advised me to take my stuff to the printers for color copies...what kind of printer are you talking about...a Kinko's???

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  2. Wonderful graffiti work. The transparent paint sure made a difference. Love the bargello too, especially with the 2 moon blocks. Looks very American Indian, like a woven piece.

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  3. Oh my goodness..I love a rebellious woman...capris and summer shoes...and you have been so busy and I love the new graffiti papers with the transparent glazes I want to view this closer. The quilts are so much fun with playful colors. Thank you for all you do and share with me. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    I responded to you process options for the old threads on the wooden spools and this sounds very intriguing. Merci

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  4. Oh my goodness..I love a rebellious woman...capris and summer shoes...and you have been so busy and I love the new graffiti papers with the transparent glazes I want to view this closer. The quilts are so much fun with playful colors. Thank you for all you do and share with me. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    I responded to you process options for the old threads on the wooden spools and this sounds very intriguing. Merci

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  5. What is titan buff? I have never heard of this medium but I do love the effects of reflecting light you have achieved. I do not know how you ended up with two of my quotes??? No More Snow is a wonderful affirmation. Peace, Mary Helen

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  6. oooo, love the colors and textures you have going on here. Very nice. Wish I could have been there to see WW in flip flops and capris!! LOL!
    Linda

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  7. Mary Helen, it's the color. It's an acrylic soft body color. Not really transparent but if you apply it with a wet brush or in my case baby wipes it does go on like a transparent color. The transparent colors are those with the scientific names. :)Bea

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  8. Love the graffiti panel - so colorful. I think being snowed in leads to more art.

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  9. Probably, Wolynski, I know I hate to drive in the stuff. Of course, it is snowing now, snowed more over night.......sigh...guess I shouldn't try to get tough with Mother Nature. :)Bea

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  10. We have a little bit of snow on the ground today - nothing like yours, I love those colourful buckets. That panel is super, as I'm reading your blog backwards, I've seen the next stage!! All those wonderful colours on your joiner photo. Mmmm, delicious. I am looking forward to seeing your jacket and the baby quilt finished!

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  11. I love that picture of the bucket on the fence. Wonderful!!!!!

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  12. Anonymous3:07 AM

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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