Saturday, 1 March 2014

Another array of art quilts

I have just realised how long it is since my last post. I think I had better post some more work as the list of pieces to post is getting very long now.
As I have said before, I am really enjoying creating art quilts whether they be for my projects or from other design sources.
This selection comes under the 'other design sources'.


This was the design source for the next two art quilts.  It is an image of magnolia taken on a visit to 'The Hutts' in North Yorkshire. It is a beautiful sculpture garden.  I applied some special effects filters on the image in Photoshop. Two of them inspired and the following two art quilts were the result.



Some surface painting with metallic paints was applied after the stitching was complete.
The next small piece was just a sampler practicing a quilt pattern.  I used a piece of serendipity silk and metallic thread.
The next piece was a rescue piece. I was printing out the design onto silk and had done something wong (can't remember what now) so I aborted the print. Not wanting to waste the printed silk I made it into a small panel.


The next piece was another small sample print which I liked and made into a quilted panel. However, I later decided to make it into a small purse.
Small-quilted-purse                       Small-quilted-purse-close-up

We regularly visit an old railway restoration yard which is a wonderful place for photography.  I took this image of some old wooden sleepers propped up against an old goods wagon.


I enhanced the colours and duplicated the image several times, joining them together to make a long panorama art quilt.


Again there is some highlighting with metallic paint.

I live fairly close to a river mouth and there is a culvert where local sea fishermen keep their boats.  We often go there for a photo shoot.  I quite liked one of the images of a single red and blue painted boat.  I played with it in Photoshop and created two art quilts, ons small and one larger.



The next piece took a long time - a lot of work.  I started with an image of some Hosta leaves taken in the gardens at Newby Hall.  Again, I played with the image in Photoshop and finished p with sixteen colour and stylised variations.


Each one was stitched as a separate panel and the I joined all sixteen together to make one large art quilt.


Some of them were flipped to make it balance and I highlighted some of them with metallic paint. Here is a close up.


I can't find the original image for the net series. I will have it somewhere and will find it eventually.  It was an image of a wild geranium growing through some bean plant flowers in my garden. I played with it in Photoshop - as always - and the results led to a set of three panels each in a different colour palette.




I liked the red one so much that I selected and combined into a long panel.  They all had lots of surface painting after the stitching.

That is all of them for this post.  I am on with my Paris project now which is growing by the week.  There should be lots to post later.
Until then, cheers everyone.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Rounding off 2013

This will be the last post for 2013.  As I said at the end of my last post, I still had a few serendipity pieces to post. A few is just that – three of them.


This started out as a piece of brown paper.  I used it to wipe excess paint from any brushes before washing them.  The colour scheme and knowing when it is complete gets easier the more you do.  The colours of this piece of serendipity reminded me of some metal shim which had been printed with Lazertran and baked to fuse the two.  I embossed the surface, picking out the slightly abstract design.  I used a piece of card and cut out two windows slightly smaller than the shim. I covered the card with the serendipity paper. The printed shim was placed behind the windows and held in place by gold metallic knitted ribbon and machined to the surface using a zig zag machine stitch and gold thread.  I proud mounted it onto green card.
The next serendipity piece is an open box.


The paper for this piece was hand-made paper so it had a textured surface. It was large enough to make four sides to an open box. I used another piece of Lazertran printed metal shim. I cut it into four pieces and secured each piece behind a window cut in each side of the box. Each window was in a different quarter of each side. The sides were lined with black felt and joined with a machined zigzag stitch.
The final serendipity piece is a book mark.


I used a small piece of serendipity hand-made paper and applied it to a piece of card cut into the shape and size of a book mark. I stitched a piece of gold braid down the centre and some matching eyelash thread around the sedges.
Having used up quite a bit of my serendipity paper, I turned back to my art quilts.  I have a large number of them finished now.  the first one I am posting began as the image of a clock which had belonged to my mother-in-law. The image had been taken as part of my photographic file on time pieces which became an AV. As is my style, it was only part of the face which I called ‘Half Time’.


I put this into Photoshop and applied a filter which gave me colours which inspired me to use for an art quilt.


I printed this design onto white cotton.  I used both free machining and straight stitch to quilt the piece.


Once the stitching was complete I used metallic paints over parts of the surface to add to the effect.
The next art quilt began as an image taken at a mining museum up in the Durham Dales.  I love to photograph all things rusty.  They have such wonderful colours and textures.  This image was of a pile of old rusty wheels.


Once again I applied a filter in Photoshop and loved the colours it produced.


This was printed onto white cotton then free machined.  Once the machining was complete I dry brushed metallic paint over the surface.


The next art quilt began as a macro image of the workings of an old battered clock.


Once again I applied a filter to create a pleasing colour scheme.


This was printed on  white cotton but as you will see in all previous prints, the result of the printing onto cotton reduces the impact of the colours from those on screen even though I always increase the saturation greatly to compensate. I have, in the past managed to over print to get a stronger colour finish.  To do this, it is important to get the printed cotton in exactly the right place and ‘fool’ the printer to accept it.  The printer will reject an input which is already printed – clever huh? I have developed a way to fool the printer.  Occasionally, the feed is not always perfect and so the second print is slightly offset giving a ghost print.  This is what happened this time. So…. I decided to print another one with just one print.


As you can see, the colours are a bit washed out, but I still stitched the quilt and added some metallic paint to the surface.  However, I could not let the other printed quilt not be used, so I decided to free machine it anyway.  This was a difficult task as I had to find and define which lines I was stitching.  When it was complete and I had applied the paint, unexpectedly, I preferred this quilt.


The next art quilt began as an image of a laburnum archway at Newby Hall gardens.  It was in full bloom and looking beautiful.


I used the filter ‘cut out’ on the image then I selected different parts of the image and duplicated them.  I created a composite using these images.I had a lot of small images of different sizes and shapes.  Each of them was printed onto white cotton. Each of them was free machined. When they were complete the were assembled into the final composite and stitched together.

I applied some paint onto the surface to add effect.


This is a close up of the final art quilt.
The final art quilt for this post is one which I have posted before.  It was a black and white zentangle quilt with black zentangles on the white squares.  It has been hung in my workroom for quite some time and I had always wanted to fill the black squares with white zentangles but wasn’t sure about it.  Eventually, as I had used the time sitting on a long haul flight to create another eight designs, I decided I should use them so I free machined these designs in white thread on the black squares.  I am glad that I did.


So, that is it for this post and for this year.  There is still a big pile of finished art quilts to be posted but they will be posted next year in 2014.  Doesn’t time fly?????

Here’s wishing everyone an enjoyable, creative 2014.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Serendipity and jars

It has been quite a while since I posted.  During that time I have been having a clear out of my wardrobe and drawers then stripping down all the fabric that is recyclable. This gave me a huge pile of fabric and so led me to create and make a lot of bag totes. They will be posted in the future.

I have also been to Rome so a lot of images to process and I have at last finished my audio-visual of Paris.  I have also made a small start on my Paris textile project. Busy, busy

After I finished my Venice project, I decided I needed to use up some of my serendipity papers and fabrics.  These are created by using paper and fabric pieces as 'mop ups'. I never rinse away paint or inks from my brushes, I wipe them on the paper or fabric.  Then I put them into water and wipe them again on the paper and fabric. I keep doing this until there is no colour left.  I do have a number of pieces of paper and fabric for this and try to use them in colour ranges.  They give some wonderful coloured papers and fabric pieces as you will see in the items I made using them.


 This is a book cover.  It began as the holder for the food on a flight to America.  It was printed but it was lined with a fibre which gave it strength.  I used it to wipe my paint brushes until it was completely covered.  As it was too big for the book I was covering, the piece I cut off became a fastener for the book.  I used a small piece of velcro to close and applied a paper cast of a key for decoration.  Most of the paints on this are metallic but the image here looks a bit dull.  It is actually more vibrant.

This is a notelet pad cover.  The centre image of the cover is a printed image of a Da Vinci  sketch.  It is printed on  metal shim and then embossed. The frame around this embossed shim is a piece of serendipity hand-made paper. These are mounted onto pelmet vilene which was first colour washed then sponged with the colours of the paper frame.

This too is a notelet pad cover.  The front is a piece of hand-made paper which had a leaf spray embedded into it.  It was coloured by wiping my brush onto it as explained above.  Silver leaf sequins were applied.  It was mounted onto pelmet vilene which was first colour washed then stamped with a leaf spray and finally silver transfer foil applied.


This was another piece of serendipity hand-made paper which had a spray of leaves embedded into it.  It was colour washed on the reverse and folded in half. Printer paper was cut and colour washed then stitched into the folded cover.A length of dyed narrow knitted ribbon was used to close the booklet.


Another piece of serendipity hand-made paper folded to make a notelet cover.  Pink printer paper was spritzered with ink and stitched into the cover.  A little bird charm was attached for decoration and a length of yarn which had the same colours as the cover holds the booklet closed.

This piece of serendipity hand-made paper was folded and decorated with a paper cast of a feather.  It was glued to pelmet vilene.  The pelmet vilene was colour washed with similar colours to those of the paper front.  It was then stamped with the feather stamp which had been used to make the paper cast.



This book began as a scrap piece of white satin.  I had used it as a mop up for silk paints and sometimes metallic paint.  When I felt that there was enough colour in the fabric, it was ironed.  I made a stencil of a poppy-seed head.  This was stencilled right across the fabric. The stencilled poppy heads were also highlighted.  Next I machine quilted around the poppy heads onto a piece of wadding.  I cut a piece of pelmet vilene to be the cover of an A5 size book.



This was another piece of the serendipity satin fabric.  This one was decorated with partially stencilled oak leaves.  They were quilted onto colour washed and stencilled pelmet vilene.  Knitted viscose ribbon was machined in stripes over the surface. More ribbon was used to close the book.


These three pocket booklets were made using serendipity silk fabric.  They were free machine quilted onto colour washed pelmet vilene. They were further embellished with sequins and beads. Dyed viscose ribbon was used to close two of the booklet  and a crocheted chain stitch ribbon for the booklet on the left.

When I had used up some of my serendipity papers and fabrics I decided to expand on the altering of jars or bottles.  I had completed one of these for the Venice project and had collected more decorative jars to alter.


This jar was painted  with black gesso then cut outs of oak leaves were stuck to the surface and also painted with black gesso.  I then used an interference paint to colour the leaves and the decoration in the glass around the bottom. I hung a leaf charm on a chain around the neck of the jar.

This glass jam jar was covered with molding paste and flower paper casts applied and embedded onto either side.  It was painted with metallic paint and the flower paper casts highlighted with gold gilding wax.  A chain of charms was hung around the neck.


This jar was painted with black gesso then using a glue gun I spread shapes across the surface, then spread a web of fine glue across this surface. More black gesso was applied followed by the interference paint to obtain the green colouring.  The glue was finger highlighted with gold gilding wax.


This jar was also covered with molding paste.  Paper casts of keys were applied around the jar.It was all painted with bronze metallic paint and the keys highlighted with gold gilding wax.  Key charms were strung around the neck on a chain.  The inside of the jar was painted with black gesso.


The inside and outside of this empty tartare sauce jar were painted with black gesso.  Paper casts of clock faces were glued onto the sides.  The jar was then painted with bronze metallic paint.  Small clock face charms were strung around the neck from a chain.

There are a few more serendipity pieces but I think this post is long enough for today.
I have also been indulging in my art quilting so there are a large number of them waiting to be posted too.

Cheers for now.