Monday, August 31, 2015

Animal Quilt - Quilting the Animals

I'm almost finished with the animal portraits and in between I've been thinking about how to enhance them with quilting or thread painting.

I decided to start with the Hyacinth Macaw first. He's a pretty iridescent bird and I'm sure my embroidery thread will help out the picture a lot. I have to be really careful though. The more I thread paint the picture the more likely I'll over do it and it will distort the fabric.

I started with the darkest blue areas and gave them direction. Next, I worked with medium blue thread and finally a light blue for the lightest areas. The only thing you have to remember is to blend the colors. You don't want to just stop in the blue area you in if it goes into another shade either light or dark. You want your threads to criss cross into other areas and that way when you look at the over all picture it'll look nice and blended together. Otherwise, you'll have areas that just have hard stops so to speak.

The lighting is off but here's the pictures of the bird side by side. The top left is the painting without thread painting and the bottom one is the one with thread painting and my final portrait for the macaw.  Even though I did a nice over all thread painting, the painting still distorted. It's no longer 10x10" so I'll have get my inks out again and fix it.

Next, I chose the Kakapo to thread paint. I just added some feather type shapes in the body, some on the face and leaf shapes in the background so there's a lot less thread painting and not near the amount of distortion as the parrot or the orangutan.

The orangutan started off well but the more I thread painted the more I realized I had to do the entire monkey, which I really didn't want to do fearing too much distortion. I need to blend in the fur better in a few places and try to take out (gasp!) the large dark area. I don't even know what happened there but I think I totally forgot what I was doing and I was just moving the fabric and filling in the area. The distortion is really, really bad on the orangutan. But I'm going to try to save it and if not then I guess I get to repaint it.

I think some pictures will have either the same or less thread painting then the macaw or the kakapo just to stay safe. I like that the thread painting has provided direction and some shiny to an otherwise dull picture.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Quilling Project - Photo Mat 3

This is my third photo mat I've decorated. It's 16x20" so its rather large and took me a while. This one is white and I used a darker bronze colored ribbon with a gold design on it. I quilled flowers in a gold and purple and leaves and vines in green. I also made a cute little butterfly to rest on some flowers. The large beige flowers were cut out of a cotton lace ribbon design.

And since the opposite corners were really empty looking, I added some pearlized gem designs that I found in the scrapbooking section of the craft store. I didn't add as much bling around since I had large gems in the opposite corners. I think this would look great for a senior prom picture who's colors were purple and gold, a wedding photo or any really any picture.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quilling Project - Photo Mat 2

I've started another photo mat quilling project. This mat is a cream color and I put it in landscape position instead of portrait like the first one.

I've got a lot of blue and dark green colors along with brown and some white in this one. I've got another gold and white ribbon which shows up nicely on the cream background.  I made it go out to the edges of the mat and it looks like the ribbon is coming around from the back. There was cute little burlap looking daisy bunches in the wedding section of Joanns and I thought they would be a nice addition. I just snipped off the florist wire and glued it down. I think it needed some more green vines but other than that I think it turned out well.