MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A couple of you have wondered how I come up with ideas of what to add/do with a project and quite honestly there is no real answer to that.  I spend a lot of time staring at it and finally I just dive in and hope for the best.  Doesn't always work, as you've often seen already!!  

In the case of this landscape, you have noticed that I haven't been happy with the grass area on the lower right, feeling that it was too much 'out there'.  I was happy with the colour, but just not the depth of colour (if that makes any sense).  I added two layers of off-white tulle which helped but not enough....so added another layer.  To my mind, it's still too much.  I use my 'fancy' stitches on PMS Albatross in varying shades of green to stitch the grass so in the case of the offending area I will use a lighter color of thread in the hopes that it will tone it down.  Stitching closely together should (in theory) help with that too.  I also plan to add some embroidered flowers in that area which will also help to take the eye away from the background somewhat.  I think.  Maybe.  Or...maybe not??

Gosh, I wish I knew what I was doing!!!


and a close-up of the trees....



- THIS tutorial might be something you will find useful if your patio cushions are looking a little tired.

- Have a peek at the amazing embroideries done by THIS artist!!

- There's an interesting how-to for eco printing on silk HERE.    While you're there, be sure to explore all her other great ideas for up-cycling.

- And thread painting by THIS amazing artist!  I simply can't imagine the time it must take!

- Have a look through the portfolio galleries of THIS amazing fabric artist!

Another anonymous quote for you..."Don't stress the could haves.  If it should have, it would have"

24 comments:

  1. I really look forward to the links you present, would never come across the artist otherwise. The first one is a photographer. She prints on fabric then paints on top of the image. Interesting process. I like printing my paintings from my scanner onto silk.

    Have you thought of scanning and printing as part of your own art? Printing on transparent silk, maybe? Just a thought.

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    1. Actually I have been toying with printing some bunnies - I really like the fabric I had but it's all gone and I haven't been able to locate any more. Thought I might find some royalty free images of bunnies and see if I could print my own. Pondering.....

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  2. It's looking great! Is the problem with the grass in front a color issue or a texture issue? Maybe it just needs a bit of your beautiful stitching.

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    1. Color - what was there at the beginning was too much. In the photo here I've toned it down with three layers of tulle and when I next post you will see the results of the stitching over top. Much better I think!

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  3. Good progress, I like reading about your design choices.
    Rachel W.'s work is beautiful, yes.
    And the quote is excellent, putting to rest those kind of pointless thought mazes we all can get drawn into is
    amazingly freeing!

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    1. Thanks Janie - sometimes I wonder if it's choices I make or if it's just complete and total fluke!

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  4. My Dear Mary Anne your Barnscape is looking wonderful. As your links to amazing artists show their fine works, you should also have a Fine Art Gallery of your Church and Barnscapes. Your work is amazing. Excellent quote.

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    1. Fine Art Gallery - oooh lah lah - I would really think I'd arrived then!!!

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  5. An embroidered flower or two always catches my attention. =) Seriously though, Mary Anne, your landscape is looking fabulous. Loving those trees!

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    1. Stay tuned because there will be an embroidered flower - or two - or maybe even three!

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  6. Mary Anne, it’s looking amazing! You must have a lot of patience to work this out! It will be wonderful I know!
    I love those trees!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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    1. Patience? No - just plain stubborn. I refuse to give up!

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  7. I see only a wonderful scene where trees are beautiful and the foreground waiting to grow still. It is all so realistic. I know monitors can alter colours so the foreground may seem paler to me and looks quite natural.
    The enlarged photo is fantastic.

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    1. Awww - you're so nice Maureen! And yes, the foreground is growing as we speak and hopefully will help even more with the area that's giving me fits.

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  8. 'Barnscape', as coined by Sherri above, is Looking great!!! Thanks for those embroidery artists links too.

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    1. Thanks Judy - step by step it's evolving!

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  9. I know at some point, you'll be satisfied with it haha! Thanks for the link about the cushions. Mine are looking very tired (and flat) on my patio furniture. I'm thinking I may have to boost the padding AND recover them!

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    1. The degree of satisfaction often varies, but at some point I will call it done. Might consider re-covering our patio cushions too, but will definitely compare the price of new fabric vs. buying whole new cushions. Might be cheaper to get new cushions!

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  10. these pieces are incredible Mary Anne, the details are amazing and despite what you say something is working in the creative part of your brain!

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    1. Thank you Karen - kind words indeed!

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  11. I believe your work turns out beautiful no matter what you decide.

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    1. Thank you - I"m glad you have faith in me because sometimes I don't have a whole lot in myself. It comes and goes!

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  12. I think this is looking lovely Mary-Anne. I know you will add just the right amount of detail to tone down the grass area that you are unhappy with. It is often just a question of balance to your own eye that causes the problem.... only you will know when you are satisfied with it!! Hugs Christine xx

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    1. Thank you Christine - and you're so right in saying that I will know when I'm satisfied.

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