Friday, 12 August 2011

Last but not least - the fifth piece...

 I think this is my favourite of the five pieces, although it could be a close second to the white silk trees!
Again, it is a wholecloth quilt, with a dyed (in a cffee jar) background.  Since discovering acrylic ink there has been no stopping me!!  I drew the design on the fabric (the tree shapes) with a permanent white marker pen, quilted the outlines with black invisible thread, and some of this was eventually picked out with white gouache.  The small painted flowers in the centre are just one layer of acrylic ink, and the blossoms on the trees are several layers, up to nine I think, to get the brightness of white I wanted.  I made up the pattern for the 'mound' under the right hand tree as I went along, and filled in with acrylic paint afterwards, and added tiny blobs of gouache to look like beading (Oh how I wish I could do beading!)
Here is a closeup of part of the centre section.
I'm on duty tomorrow and Sunday, and we take the Exhibition down on Monday.  It has been a huge success, with lots of quilting friends coming quite a distance, and lots of people visiting RHS Rosemoor Gardens just stumbling across us.  It has been a wonderful experience, but very hard work, I must admit.
Till next time ........

8 comments:

Heather said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Val - who needs beading! I love everything about it and your technique with the white ink is a great success. Glad the exhibition has gone well and hope you aren't too tired.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love how you can combine stitching and paint so they blend so well. With pieces like this the show can't help but be a huge success!

Mandi said...

Oh Val...this is just gorgous.......I really must have a go with acrylic inks and marker pens.
I'm so disappoimted that I wasn't able to come down to Rosemoor to see everyones work.

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love the style.

I bought a bottle of white acrylic ink yesterday as I was passing an art shop.

I was given some bottles of inkjet printer inks which a friend hadn't used - he gave up refilling his cartridges - too many 'accidents' - so he gave them to me as I told him I could use them to dye fabric.
Waste not, want not. The white will help create pastelly shades!!
Will let you know.
Cheers

Ati. said...

I had to use a click to see it larger. In one word "awesome". Such a masterpiece!!

Maggi said...

Beautiful Val. There is so much wonderful detail in this, I can see why it might be your favourite.

Gina said...

Fabulous work!

Ela said...

Your works are wonderful! You are so talented, I have seen many on the internet but talent and your work I won! CONGRATULATIONS!