Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bouquet

Bouquet

I love the color orange and when I was trying to come up with ideas for my quilt I found myself looking through my sketchbooks and idea books. When I came across a journal page I had done a while back that was basically reading orange, my idea hit me.

Original sketch from journal page

I played with the sketchbook image in PhotoShop....resizing it and removing all the color. I then printed it out onto four sheets of paper and taped it together to create my 12 x 12 design.

I prepared my background of neutral fabrics by machine piecing them and then free motion quilting. I then pinned my paper pattern on top of the quilt and with black thread, quilted all the sketched lines. After all the design lines were stitched in I removed the paper.

Next I added the color using Neocolor II watersoluble crayons and textile medium.

18 comments:

Françoise said...

Lovely piece Terri! I knew at once it was you of course!
Do you dilute the Neocolours only with textile medium or do you also add water?

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nicolette said...

What a wonderful bouquet! Love the techniques you used!

pompomrouge said...

So pretty, Terri :) you are a master of this technique ... And you make me want to try it myself.

Karen said...

I love the black, white, and blue with the orange. I have those crayons, after seeing this, I'm bringing them back out

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

What size thread did you use for the black quilting?

Vicki said...

Thanks for reminding us all how important sketchbooks are! You have really made a great copy of this sketch, but it is what you have added to it that makes it so good, the pebbling in the flower centres is beautiful and I love all the background quilting

Terri Stegmiller said...

Thanks everyone! Francoise - I do mix the textile medium with a little water, depending on how thick it is.

Lisa - If I remember correctly, I believe the thread used is a 40 weight.

What Comes Next? said...

another beauty! I love this technique you've used and the depth you end up with in your image - you've inspired me to try something new! Thank you!

Gerrie said...

Thank you for the technique sharing. This is a wonderful stylized bouquet. I love how you used orange in the background instead of in the flowers. The black lines which define the composition give the whole composition punch.

Janet said...

Thank you for sharing. This is just wonderful. Can you tell me if the black and white flower stems are the crayons or thread painting? The black is so vivid. I love it.

Diane Perin Hock said...

Ooh, Terri -- what an orangey, happy piece! This is just delightful here but I suspect with that gorgeous stitched texture and layered background it will be even better in person. And I love your stitch-sketch style. There's a rosy glow to this that is very pleasing.

Kristin L said...

Like Vicky said, this is a perfect example of good sketchbook use. I think it's important too that even though you've stayed pretty close to your original sketch, you also used the opportunity to refine it by changing the colors to suit the challenge and to give it more pop. The fabric version also has such nice visual texture with the base fabrics and the quilting -- a lovely example of taking a sketch further.

Terri Stegmiller said...

@Janet - The black and white stems are made with black stitching for the black stripe and the white area is colored in with a little white crayon, I think, as suddenly I can't remember and I don't have the quilt in front of me anymore.

Brenda said...

This piece and your process commentary really exemplify the extra dimension that can be achieved by working in the textile medium. And I'm sure that real life viewing will reveal further layers and texture. Can't wait!

Helen Conway said...

Can you tell us a little more about why and how you us ethe medium with the crayons? And how about showing us more of the sketchbooks?!

Terry said...

This is so quirky and cheery! I love the black and white stems on the flowers. What kind of mind thinks that way?! My favorite part is the glass bowl. The textures you see through that glass are wonderful and the effect of transparent glass is quite effective.

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Looking back at your Theme series quilts, I am reminded that you used turpuoise,black and white to great effect in your Dandelion and Chocloate pieces so there is a bit of a circle thing happening there too.