Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quince Blossoms, 2

The morning was warm and sunny so I went outside to sketch the last of the quince blossoms on my prepared page (begun here).

It turns out that there is a whole world of people who are pen fans, so I include this bit of information. I used a Stabilo "OHPen universal" (permanent) with a Superfine tip. Fortunately, I'm not particular: I simply use what I can find. I really liked sketching in shaded areas lightly with the pen.  

And here is where I hesitate: should I continue with stitching or leave it as it is, just sketched with pen? However, I could redo the whole thing, if necessary (something I've never done). It is, after all, just a journal page. So onward...

I added more paper in back to stabilize the stitching [newsprint--I get it at the local hardware store by the kilo]. I used a dark green (almost black) thread to outline the leaves and added some light spots of fabric.

I stitched free-motion to create the light spots with a yellow-green thread.

Bibi wanted the attention that the machine was getting. Teenagers!

I used a blue thread for shadows on the leaves, maroon for outlining the pedals, and pink and white fill-in. I like the idea of palimpsest--the layering. The black pen marks remain vaguely present.
Scattered snippets found their way onto the page. I added my text with the permanent pen and frayed some of the fabric edges. As I'm playing around with ideas and techniques for Sketchbook Skool, I follow my rule of NO Expectations...just throwing sand around in the sandbox.

Linked to Nina Marie's "Off the Wall Friday."


Mo Crow said...

love watching the process!

Roxanne said...

I really like the finish on this page. Looks great!

Anonymous said...

I just love the way you use bits and pieces and thread.
Bibi really knows the right way of getting your attention.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Lovely page. And I do like the way the design hangs off the edge.

Nina Marie said...

I'm always amazed how our textile work crosses over so easily into other media - we could all start collecting cool pens now - LOL! Bibi is very cute!

Regina B Dunn said...

Just right. Bibi is a nice companion, too.

Birgit.naeht said...

Hi Nadia, your beautiful kind of work is so different from all I´ve ever seen before. I like it very much and it inspires me so much. Birgit