A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Patterns, Landscape and Frost!

My Journal Quilt for January

This year the format is landscape, 12 "x 8" and a theme of our own choosing. I have decided on 'Patterns in the Landscape'. After I'd submitted my choice, I had second thoughts because I wondered if the word 'landscape', would have been better described as 'environment'  Then I found that the word 'patterns' was also causing more doubts about my choice, so I ended up 'googling' it for more clarification!  We have to stick to this theme for the 12 months, but as it should be a challenge, I have decided to stay with my original theme title. However, there has been a positive outcome to all these doubts because Google came up with the book title, 'Patterns in the Landscape' by Phillip Hughes. I've actually ended up ordering this book, because it looks fascinating, and is by an artist that is unknown to me, so now I shall be looking out for the postman with eager eyes!! 

I painted the hand dyed fabric first with a wash of watery acrylic paint, sketched in the background trees with Karisma pencils, machine couched the seed heads in the foreground with white knitting wool, and added the frosted grasses with white gesso. See below for the inspiration for this quilt.

Drawing/painting (above), made on my Tablet with Sketchbook Pro, from the photograph that I took a few weeks ago (below), after a heavy frost.

On the same day, I also took the photo below of some frosted leaves, and then made the sketch above on my Tablet.

Well, thanks for reading this far and wherever you may be in the world, I wish you a very happy and creative filled weekend.