Your Opinion, Please….

I painted this with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons on plain old cotton fabric (muslin). It was so much fun, and so zen.

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I’d like to incorporate this, or something like it, into an art quilt. It reminds me of the abstract landscape work I’ve been doing in my art journal (with the same crayons)!

I’d love to get your thoughts on this fabric piece. Am I on the right track, do you think? Could you see this as part of the focal area in an art quilt? It dried lighter, as water media usually does, so I think it needs to be punched up a bit first.   And I didn’t make it wide enough either – I wouldn’t leave the white spaces on either side if it was going into a quilt.   Just didn’t have time to redo this one.   What kind of feelings does this piece evoke? And please don’t be shy. If you think it wouldn’t work, any hints on what’s wrong or how I could make it better would make my Friday!

I hope you all are shaking your various talons, tails, whiskers and tail feathers on this wonderful September Friday. Peace.

57 thoughts on “Your Opinion, Please….

  1. How large is it? I, of course, see cutting it into squares and rearranging the colors and line directions slightly for the quilt. I also see embroidery on top to give it even more texture. I’d love to see sketches of your ideas. Definitely a good idea with lots of possibilities; your landscapes are perfect for quilting. (K.)

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    1. I really appreciate your feedback, Kerfe. It’s about 9″ tall by about 7″ wide. I was thinking about maybe cutting it into squares and re-sewing it too! This one was an experiment to see how they worked on fabric, and I was so impressed by how easily the color went down, buttery, with no dragging. So now I’d like to do another, larger piece. I have almost zero experience making art quilts, but I guess some sketches are in order. I tend to do everything spontaneously and unplanned, because this is how my arty side works. I think what I ultimately want though is a scene like this with a sky and then water below. So I was thinking why cut it up and sew it back together to get back to the same scene? But that’s my first instinct too. Patchwork. Because that’s always how I’ve approached most every (traditional) quilt I’ve made. I’m wondering now if strips is the way to go with this design. Then my next thought is should they be vertical or horizontal?! Every decision, I could hem and haw for a year! This is why in the past I’ve followed a pattern. Making fabric decisions was hard enough. But I want to create original designs. Argh! Welcome to my disorganized mind. :)) Thanks for your thoughts!

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  2. It almost looks like a sunset, so its very peaceful to me. I’ve never even heard of an art quilt, lol, so I can’t be much help there, but whatever you do I’m sure will shine!

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  3. I have no experience with painting on fabric. But on my to do list. Will you have to fix It in some way. I have seen people use inktense pencils for fabric.
    I would like to see one of your birds in a square for a quilt. Although I know you like abstract. An abstract bird maybe.

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    1. I’m learning more about that fixing aspect now, Carmel, and I’ll definitely include what I learn in future posts. I like your abstract bird idea – I just got an idea for a painting I could do in this vein that would incorporate an abstract bird. Thanks for that! Maybe you’ll see it soon. 🙂 I appreciate your feedback!

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  4. I think it’s a great idea! I wondered also about fixing the colors. I’ve seen some use wax to fix watercolors on paper. I wonder if it would work on fabric. I have some Annie Sloan wax I used to paint my kitchen cabinets so I might give it a try. And I’ve also seen quilters use inktense to draw and color. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Kari! I found a link on the web of an artist who used watered-down textile medium to fix watercolor paint to fabric. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to. I also know the Neo II crayons can be fixed by ironing. Art quilts aren’t meant to be washed, but I think it’s useful to know what fixes them. I have Inktense blocks and pencils and I’ve used them on fabric, but not tested to see if they hold up to a washing after. I do find them grainier than the Neo IIs. Love their bold colors, though!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah! I’m so glad that you like it. It seems what I was trying to convey is coming through, which makes me really happy. Just doing these paintings makes me feel like I’m at the beach! Very zen and peaceful. I may be just as curious as you are as to where this is going, lol 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Charlie! I was really curious what you would think of this also, since you’ve enjoyed my abstract landscapes. To me, this is just a translation of the same idea to fabric. I would still like to use real WC paint on good paper and see how this turns out as well. Thanks for your support (as always).

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                1. If you can do furry animals, I have no doubt you can do portraits. I’ll try and remember the artist Lance told us about – Jill took lessons from him. Stan White maybe? He has excellent youtubes on WC portraits. Makes it look very easy! I can do colored pencil portraits pretty well, but the thought of even trying in WC still bugs me. You can do it, Charlie.

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  5. It’s beautiful Laura! And it reminds me of one of your sketchbook abstracts. I can see it as a mini quilt wall hanging. Would you be adding stitching to it? One word of caution, from my own experience, make sure the fabric is still soft enough to sew it. I painted some muslin with acrylic paints one time and discovered it was really hard to sew it afterwards. Later I learned that Golden sells a solution to add to acrylic paints that allow them to be more pliable. 😊 I look forward to seeing your experiments! 💜🎨

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    1. Thanks Jill! Yes, definitely adding stitching. This fabric actually feels no different than before I painted it. I only used neocolor crayons and nothing else. I don’t think there’s any watercolor paint in this one at all. I think the neos are permanent once ironed. I used no textile medium, but if I were using acrylic I’m sure that would help. Art quilts aren’t meant to be washed so I may just iron this fabric and let it be – once I’ve added another layer. I’m really happy (and surprised) with the hand of this piece. Maybe when I add another layer, it’ll change? Guess I’ll find out! Love those neos. Been painting tonight with them and totally loving them!!

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  6. the colours are stunning especially the orange mango of the sky area! I’d maybe… play that UP, whilst softening down the conflict down at the bottom so as to not detract the eye from the sheer splendour of the glorious sky!! 🙂 imo this is lovely Laura 🙂

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