There aren’t too many things in this life that we can ‘do over.’ It’s not like a computer game where we can push the restart button and proceed; this time, of course, knowing the pitfalls and the previous mistakes that we made
In this case my Do-Over is of something of relative inconsequence.
This past January I made a small art quilt to go along with our Haiku prompt “Exhilaration”. I was pleased with some aspects of my quilt. For instance, I thought the quilting was terrific (even if I do say so myself, lol), there was considerable texture (I had experimented with light molding paste) and the colors were bold and beautiful.
But the composition was awful to my critical eye and I wasn’t happy with it.
Here’s the original:
Original Exhilaration Quilt
See what I mean?
So here’s what I did.
I needed to break up the huge expanse of yellow and somehow integrate the various elements. So I painted some fusible web, cut it out, burned the edges with my multi heat tool and applied some of it to the quilt.
Then I printed the Haiku on Extravorganza, fringed the edges and painted them. Then affixed the Haiku to the quilt with BoNash.
Here’s my do-over. Please let me know what you think? How would you have proceeded? I’m really interested in your comments.
The Haiku Art prompt word for January was Exhilaration.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines “Exhilaration” as “The state of being stimulated, refreshed, or elated.”
Sometimes all it takes to experience these feelings is to step outside on a sunny day.
scent of new mown grass
sunbeam caresses my cheek
For the art work that I was preparing to go with this haiku – I didn’t want to be too structured. I wanted to indicate an almost childlike feeling of exhilaration with my composition and color choices.
At the same time, as a developing art quilter, I wanted to incorporate a couple of new techniques and see “what if”?
First off I used a “blah” pastel print in lieu of plain muslin as my base. I didn’t mind that it partly “showed through” – just felt it added some interest.
I felt that color was of first importance in this piece – so before doing anything else I painted my background using acrylic paint. In order to add some texture to the piece I used some Golden Light Molding Paste to parts of the grassy area.
I quilted the piece extensively with heavy thread.