Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stems and leaves are making me smile

I figured out what was making the stems and leaves not work for me. I was using bright greens and one color at a time. Barbara, of Pinelands Treasures. left a comment that really helped me see a different way. Thank you, Barbara. I'm not sure the truth of your comment about vines and leaves being different colors in nature would have occurred to me. (Duh?)

Also, I want the yellow flowers to be the focal point of the project. The bright greens were fighting with the flowers.

I turned to an old project, that I'll never complete, and started pirating darker shades of green. (Pirating courtesy of Black Sails that I've been binge watching.) I also started playing with multiple colors on the stems and leaves.

I've decided to make "clumps" of flowers and experiment with different leaves and stems.


A great big mahalo (Hawaiian for thank you) to everyone who has left such positive comments, ideas, and encouragement about this simple project. You've helped me more than you can possibly imagine.

I hope your week is going great for you.

Thank you.





13 comments:

  1. Aww, I'm thankful my thought helped you. My pleasure, my dear. The variation in greens does indeed tone them down to the point of not fighting with your focal points. Hunter, this is going to be stunning!

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    1. I didn't get to have fun last night. With hope, I'll get to play with the colors tonight. Thank you so much for visiting!

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  2. Variation in color, whether from variegated floss or two different floss colors combined, makes for an eye-pleasing outcome methinks

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    1. Love contrasts. I'm starting to look for thread that has shorter color repeats. Maybe I color the thread with Crayola markers. LOL.

      Thanks for visiting.

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  3. I was thinking you don t need stems at all. The fabric painting is so Impressionistic then the flowers are textural and more defined. Their shape and existence suggests the stems in our minds' eyes. There is no real need for realistically defined stems here. Just my thoughts.

    You can also ''tie dye'' your threads with your watercolors or markers, just wind the hank around a sheaf of paper towels and play. [not color safe unless treated after w Retayne or maybe Dawn.]. And stems are not always green....

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    1. Good thoughts. I'm doing my journey thing and just doing stems and leaves to learn a bunch of stems and leaves. I have a bunch of earthy colors to play with stems and leaves. I'm going to leave them all in so I have a record of them.

      Luckily, I don't have to worry about anyone, including me, getting thing wet.

      I'm am totally hooked, however, in watercolors under embroidery.

      Thanks for stopping by. It's great to hear from you.

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  4. PS Crayola markers are usually wash out [as they are intended for kids like me who draw on walls] and they also fade/ run if dampened, so if you press or block this piece they esp might cause issues. Try Sharpie markers or fabric markers or liquid Rit dye brushed with an old paint brush.

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    1. I just bought some Rit dye to play with! Gosh, new things are fun.

      Now I've got to go look up Dawn's place in the process. Good thing I don't have any room at my place or I'd have dye pots sitting around. ;-)

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  5. I put the small amts of Rit dye in gallon ziploc baggies, if I ll immerse the textile. If painting you could mix up in old yogurt cups or little Glad boxes or a muffin tin you won t use for cooking. Big dye vats aren t needed. Do flush your drain thoroughly if you discard dye in the sink, for the environment.

    As for getting things wet..you never know, you might press your piece and there d be steam, for example.

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    1. Ah, Ziplock bags I have. Thanks for all the great info!

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  6. This is going to be so beautiful. I love the little stitched pieces on top of the impressionistic base. It's interesting, too, to follow your process (and the advice you are getting in the comments).

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    1. Thank you so much, Kaja.

      There isn't anyone physically near me, so having so many people share so much information and inspiration is wonderful.

      I hope you have a great week.

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  7. Just a thought ... Inktense pencils are colorfast dye that could probably be applied to floss. I may try it myself! (I got them from Dick Blick)

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