Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tea Bags, Checkerboards and Birds

The Surface Design Journey Continues...
The question is:  Is Enough Enough Now?

When designing a recent quilt for a "Gates" challenge for group, Quilts on the Wall, I painted a few birds on fabric.  Two of them worked, but this Blue Jay was lost on a field of blue, so it was not used.  Although the two birds that I chose for the "Gates" quilt were hand appliqued onto the background, I tried another method on this Tea Bags and Checkerboards.  Since this is an exploration of surface design and not of hand stitching, I applied the bird to the background with matte gel medium and grounded it by painting a tree limb for it to sit on.  I think that perhaps enough is now enough.  The next question is:  "Shall it have a border?"  We shall see...

Close-up of Blue Jay fabric painted bird. 
Applying the cutout with matte gel medium made the figure seem as if it is almost part of the fabric.

Now I wish that the fabric scrap that I started with had been a 12 1/2" square.  It is shy by 3/4" so in order to make it 12"x12" I must add a border.  Phoey.  But, ahhh, this may be another "opportunity" to get creative.
More to come...

1 comment:

  1. Love, Love, Love this piece! Mary Beth