Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Line study two

My BrownSageBlue piece is another in what is turning out to be a series of line studies.  I started with the brown silk background which cooperatively turned into blue with a little discharge paste.  That set me on a path of continuing with circles.  The circles on the right side are made using a paper lamination technique.  I scrubbed it rather vigorously, which accounts for the lines you see between the circles.


That done, I added the circle on the left and started in with the handstitching.  Originally, I had fallen in love with a piece of chartreuse looking fabric I had and rationalized that it was almost sage, especially after Terry's blog about the different colors of sage.


I couldn't let it go though, and ended up covering it over with a more traditional sage looking fabric.

10 comments:

Gerrie said...

I am trying to imagine that chartreuse in your piece - it would totally change the mood. As it is, it is very soothing and zen like even though the lines add movement, it is a very serene and calming scene.

I like it very much. I love the stitching lines and what they add to the overall composition.

Kristin L said...

I too like the contemplative mood here. It reflects very much the way I feel about the palette. It's interesting how busy all the elements actually are, though the overall piece is quite restful.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I love the shapes you have in this piece and the soft shades. I think it is great how your discharged areas turned blue. That usually doesn't happen the way you want it to.

Françoise said...

Very peaceful.
You chose rather light shades of the colours, except for the brown. Terri is right: how nice that it discharged into blue.
I'm curious to know more about the paper lamination process. I bought Claire Benn's book a few years ago in Birmingham but I haven't used it yet.

Diane said...

Oh, Karen! I think this may be one of my favorites of all you've done so far. I like the interesting textures in the fabric, and you've balanced the elements so beautifully. It looks like it sort of should be off balance, if you know what I mean, but it's NOT. The colors and how you've got them proportioned works so well. It has a serene energy, too.

kirsty said...

So appealing :) Who would have thought that you could discharge brown to blue? It's kismet.
I like the cross stitching on the straight lines, too.

Nikki said...

I too would love to hear more about the paper lamination technique. I never would have guessed that brown would discharge to blue. My guess would have been that the circles were printed on using bubble wrap.

I love the soft, serenity of the piece and how the lines shine through the circles on the right.

Terry said...

I am glad you replaced the chartreuse in this piece. The colors as they are make me think of a nighttime scene, with objects that glow softly in the dark. It has a very dreamlike quality. I love it.

Brenda Gael Smith said...

How tranquil and soothing to contemplate. (Your chartreuse fabric may yet get another outing with the next challenge.)

I am really drawing to the cross-stitch detail.

Vicki said...

The composition is very soothing to the eye the original circle would have become a focus. I like the way it turned out