At the beginning of 2015, I stated my goal was to make big serious art. I have been working on this off and on ever since. I hesitated to write about it until I came to a good point with a worthwhile report. I hoped to present art, truly well done art and (hopefully) BIG. But, alas this has not developed; not for lack of effort though. The other component of my goal was to work in black and white. This proved to be unfruitful. The first piece I (attempted) did not go as I planned. First the mistake I made was using black fabric that was not cotton…I later discovered it was gabardine. No wonder it was so rich and black. The method I used was to cut strips of black fabric and arrange them onto a solid piece of white fabric. I like the composition, sort of. Once I began to sew it I soon realized the black fabric was problematic. Fraying made all of the edges look awful. I could not find a remedy. Thus, this was a failed attempt. Sometimes I think of solutions much later…if I do I will continue. The painted papers I did with black and white are unfinished. Those too, are waiting for me to find a method I want to use. I really like them and they will surely work into something in some manner.
I am now regrouping. I plan to re visit my drawings I did on Procreate which is an I pad app I pad that I love. Check it out. It is very sophisticated but easy to use.
I like to print them onto white fabric using my EPSON printer; either on cotton or silk. They will not be BIG, but they could end up in a group design. I like to draw freely and then put the image in my photo program to change it up. I like to crop sections and “find” compositions.
Design 1 has very thin lines. I like to have negative and positive spaces that are varied in size. This selection was the only cropped section I liked.
Design 2 is my favorite.
I like to look at the image from all angles. I found several compositions.
Ultimately I selected a different crop selection to actually print and quilt.
The main draw back of printing is the challenge to get a good dark black. The actual shade on this print is slightly brown.
It is fun to work with designs.