Inspiration from Fabric Designs
I find inspirations everywhere. Keeping a record of them is very helpful like photos, sketching and clippings. I have gravitated away from using fabrics with prints and yet I still include bits and savor some of them as inspirations.
One of my favorite methods is to work spontaneously….with a plan. That is the key…spontaneity is fun (for me) but I have learned to prepare my approach and have a loose plan and/or goal in mind.
I like to stitch scraps together as in this case:
This time my plan was to work with contrast such as: warm/cool, glowing/dull, light/dark.
This proved to be a lot to keep in mind, but I did my best.
I came up with several compositions that I liked. Some ended up with open spaces that were begging for details such as composition 1. I did include a print that has a large block style design (right side). I decided to extract a portion of the design as a stencil motif to fill the spaces and repeat the motif; repetition unifies.
Next, I pressed it to the chosen spot. The slick side of the freezer paper sticks slightly when heated with an iron.
The paint is applied with a stencil brush which has stiff bristles cut flat and blunt. The paint is actually tapped into the openings.
Watch this video demonstration:
The stencil design has helped to balance the composition and now I will continue with free motion stitching. I like leaving open spaces for these opportunities and allow the composition to evolve. There are more spaces to ponder….this one is not complete; none the less I am pleased with it so far.
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