Friday, August 13, 2010

Second Pieces for Exhibition

I have a fascination for Liquid amber trees. The bark looks really old and gnarly and the leaves have such a recognisable shape. In autumn the colours are so varied and beautiful - from green with 'rust' spots of burgundy through yellow, red, burgundy and almost purple.
I have done 2 sets of 3 pieces.
This one I did in the late summer. I always have pressed leaves so was able to use them as a 'resist'. Using Pebeo setacolor transparent paint on white cotton, I painted a piece big enough to get a lovely range of leaf colours, arranged the pressed leaves over the paint and set it out in the sun to dry. I have tried doing this in the winter but the sunlight is not strong enough for the resists to work well.
Once dry and ironed to set the paint, each of the leaves was stitched outlining the veins. My quilting lines are the outlines of the leaves.
Here we are:
you will see that in the center piece, one of the leaves is a little different - I used netting as the 'resist', stitched over it and trimmed away the excess.

1 comment:

Lynette (NZ) said...

great colours - thanks for visiting me...I have answered about the PVA in that fabric paper post :-)