The Value of Value

Late last year I was VERY fortunate to notice that an online class was scheduled to begin in January that seemed perfect and timely for my resolution to improve my work in 2016.

One of my most admired art quilters is teaching it (Elizabeth Barton) and the Class Title:  A Master Class in Design for Art Quilters – speaks directly to my own need to ‘polish’ my design skills and to explore alternatives.  

We are delving into a different design concept each month and in January, Elizabeth had us take a fresh look at our use of value.   After presenting a couple of possible designs to work with I settled on the following sketch – a sketch that I based on a photograph that I took after a snowfall in Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis.

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My next step was to gather fabric for possible use in this quilt.  The instruction was to use a range of at least 5  values of the same color – preferably a color that included an intense dark value such as black or brown or even navy blue.   I selected black, various grays and white.  I also wanted there to be added interest with texture.  Linen helped with that as did some thread work added later.

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Some of the fabrics that I made available for this quilt are shown above.  I used dark to light gray cotton threads for stitching plus one variegated thread to thread paint a tree trunk and add texture.  I included several of my hand dyed fabrics to the mix.

I ‘cleaned up’ my sketch, enlarged it to actual size, printed it out and created my templates.

In choosing my values for color placement I had to pay attention to how the color value would affect perception of depth and distance.  I also wanted to maintain the lonely, slightly haunted mood of the original photo.   AND to keep the overall image simple and uncomplicated.

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My teacher’s critique immediately pointed out my wobbly bench and I plan to correct that. I also plan to add more fine branches to the background and am going to include some hand stitched branches to the mix.

I think this has turned out to be a great example of how color both interprets and projects mood so vividly!   I am tempted to do this same scene, at some point, outfitted in its mid summer finery.

“The Faster I Go The Behinder I Get”

Okay, who said that first?

Anybody remember?

Well, it must’ve been during the last half of December when those words were uttered.  What’s the deal, folks?  It doesn’t seem to matter when I start the preparations, this time comes and there’s so much left:  shopping, cooking, sewing, painting…..Ahhhhh, but I love it all !!!

Speaking of which, I just put these on Etsy.  (Click on ‘shopping’ on my home page OR type in:  honeyquilts.etsy.com

They are mini Fiber Collages mounted on an acid free 5 by 7 inch Strathmore deckled edge card.  The card itself is blank inside so you can write the message of your choice OR just put the card in a frame.  Either way, if it’s a gift it will be sure to be enjoyed for a long time.

Burstweb Candle Glowweb Tree Trimweb Swirl Card for Romanceweb Card for Romance 2web celebrate Autumn

Celebration Art Cards

As the year is winding down I’m busy getting my act ready to take on the road for 2013.  A new workshop being offered is Celebration Art Cards.

This is one of my favorite things – creating small mixed media pieces – combining colors and textures as I go to achieve a special look. It’s all about color – movement – mood – and most of all letting those creative forces loose and having FUN!!

Here is a preview:

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Workshop being offered at Baron’s Sewing Center Friday January 18: 4 PM until 7 PM.

In addition – I will be demo-ing this technique at the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association’s annual Quilt College, Monday February 18, 2013

My Peach Rhapsody

Just about the time we got the Haiku prompt word for September I was itching to do another fiber/ribbon collage quilt.  The perfect opportunity arose when we were presented with the word “Rhapsody”.

I always think it’s kinda interesting to look at thought processes and how we end up where we end up so I hope you do too.  I immediately discarded the obvious (to me at least that was Rhapsody in Blue) and considered “what have I been rhapsodizing about lately?” Peaches!!  I had brought home some from Costco and every time I had one I was oohing and aahing about how delicious and perfect it was.

AND, just a few days before I had been in the local quilt shop looking at orange and PEACH fabric and carrying on about how gorgeous it was.

Tada!……………….. Peach Rhapsody

And here’s the Haiku

late summer harvest

fruit heavy branches bow low

ripe juicy peaches

A Project That Has Me Working Overtime and Wanting to Share

The rest of the title should be…And catching up with Haiku Art.  I am woefully behind BUT I have excuses.  The dog ate my quilt?

Let’s see, the November word just was announced – it is Gnarled.  I mean the word is “gnarled”.  October was Canopy (I’m working on the art – at least in my mind) and September was Rhapsody.

Finally Rhapsody is well on its way.

Here is the Background that I’m so excited about…

It is collaged ribbons and fibers on tulle.  I just washed out all the stabilizer and it’s dry and ready for the next step.

Stay tuned!

A Soft Day in Ireland Haiku Art for May 2011

 

The prompt word this month is “soft”.  Now this will be interesting to see – how many directions will the artists go with this word.  The possibilities are endless.

This one didn’t require too much deliberation on my part.  During a trip to Ireland a few years back I latched on to the phrase “soft Irish day”.  It really captured my imagination.
It rains a lot in Ireland.  Sometimes it rains hard; sometimes the rain settles over the earth like a misty blanket. They call this a “soft day”.
steady gentle rain
Irish hills shrouded in mist
another soft day
I used fairly vivid commercial quilt cottons for the stylized hills then couched the edges with decorative fibers.  Then I quilted the whole thing with 40 wt. variegated cotton in shades of green.

I arranged a piece of tulle over the quilt and tacked it down with vintage buttons. Finally I topped it with a piece of lace (Irish lace?) .

another fun Haiku Art challenge

Hardy Rosebuds Thrive – January Haiku Art

My goal was to illustrate nature’s propensity to new beginnings in the face of adversity.

A secondary goal was to try some new creative techniques or materials.

Lutradur – burned edges, stamped and painted with pearl-ex
Angelina fibers – stamped
Rosebud photos printed on cotton, appliqued and thread painted.
Purchased leafy vine appliqued
Haiku printed on Extravorganza – edges fringed and painted
Scattered beads
Sheer tulle layered over the piece
Layered and quilted
Edges finished with  zigzag stitch

All Things Fiber

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In homage to the title of this blog I’m posting a picture of one of my favorite things –
Aren’t these luscious???  A couple of years ago I bought this hank of fibers at a quilt show.  I’ve used a few of them along the way but mostly I use them as decoration and inspiration….. YUM!

Along the way all knitters collect oddballs.  Now that I’m involved in making Art Quilts I have another way to use them.  THAT was very exciting to realize.