Wednesday, 31 May 2017

January Bloom

  I am always trilled to be introduced to artists I've never heard about. This was no exception and like others I struggled on how to interpreter this talented artist. I didn't look too much at the photo, just did my own thing. Rosemary came close to what I had in mind!

  I choose tread painting, my first try (and last?), I had such fun making it, but it was a chock that I could't make it flat with stretching and pressing. A useful lesson I think. So I had to double quilt the white background in order to "thame" it, to make it flat.

  Not quite what I had in mind, not quite pleased with it, but I learned a lot and getting out of your comfort zone is always mind bogging.



Alex Janvier: Abstraction Composition 1

January Bloom

January Bloom in need of "taming"

12 comments:

  1. I love the colours and your the way you have used his work as a jumping off point.

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  2. I find your piece very restful, and glad to see that you perservered with the thread painting. I have thread painted quite a few of my pieces and found tht it works best once it has been put together with the batting and backing and most of the quilting has been done. It gives it a firmer base to work with. I really like your colours and that you used your own idea and went with it.

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    1. Thanks for some very good advice Patricia, afterwards I thought I should have used a frame.......... I will try your way next time.

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  3. Love the circular shapes in the middle to give lifelike flowers but which are quite abstract at the same time. I find it interesting how Patricia took the lines off the edge, and you have contained them within. Love the colours.

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  4. Nice shading with your thread, I would have guessed you used pencil crayons.

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  5. Thread painting is a very difficult technique to get it to lay flat. I use a product called Terial Magic that is sprayed onto the fabric then ironed in before thread painting. I have had a lot of success with it. I really thought you had hand painted, all of the colors and shading turned out very nicely.

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  6. Love the shading and movement you've achieved. Thread painting was something that I sampled but I couldn't achieve the colour transitions I was looking for - maybe next time!

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  7. Nice shapes and composition Mai-Britt. And I like the shading- he uses a lot of that in his pieces. I wasn't sure how to accomplish it.

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  8. Well done on your thread painting. You have created a beautiful piece.I agree as mentioned above ... the fact you have not carried your lines of the piece & Patricia has. Different look altogether but both successful.
    My tip on thread painting. If you have a sketched shape using the zig-zag stitch freemotion loosely across the whole inner preferably in the background colour if you need shading. This seems to stabilize the piece.

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  9. Because I do a lot of free motion stitching and some thread painting I have learned that to prevent one having to steam the piece a huge amount ,put a stabiliser onto the piece which is to be thread painted before putting the batting and backing fabric on .I use iron on interfacing (medium weight ) or 'Tear Away' for pieces which will be heavily stitched. It works really well . I love the finished piece .

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  10. Thanks for all the great tips, things to try out. What a useful group to belong to.

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  11. I don't know if anyone else picked up your play on words - Janvier/January Bloom. It tickled me. Well done on getting that piece of thread painting flat - I love the simplicity of the lines, colours and style - nice one.

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