Friday, January 9, 2015

Shimmering Forest finished

I've been grabbing moments to finish up projects - things that don't involve a big investment of time . Some things I feel so-so about;  some might develop into something better - this was one of them. I don't know if I'll do it again but it was fun to try and a very different look for me. A while back my Fiber Junkies group enjoyed a day of playing with a technique developed by Judy Coates Perez...
 These are the beginnings of my here to see our play day and everyones piece.
 There was lots of layering with paper and paint -

An image was drawn on top and filled in with a different color paint. The piece itself is quite stiff. I usually like a softer feel to my pieces - one of the beauties of working with fabric, but this was an interesting way to work and I'm happy with the results.
I did bind the piece using an organza, but since I was mounting it on another piece of fabric, the binding was brought to the back but not turned under and stitched.

 I did paint the organza with a light wash of Dye-na-Flow paint which dries quickly.
 I cut a piece of black fabric - @ 2" larger all around and mounted the piece in the center. Using a monofilament thread, I stitched in the ditch all around to secure it to the black fabric.
 The stretcher bars were 15" square and the piece only 14" square. There was to be a 1/2" edge of black all around the piece. This was a little tricky as I was working from the back and had to keep it centered so all the black edges were even.
 I then attached a piece of black fabric to the back - hand stitching it to the edge. I put the label on before attaching the back, the wire went on last. This was time consuming but it does make a nice finished back.
And the finished piece I will call "Shimmering Forest" because it really does shimmer! I have to say it feels good to be back in my studio even if only to be finishing up some things.  I am linked to Off the Wall Friday ,  Whoop Whoop Friday, and Free Motion Mavericks.  Check them out to see what other artists are doing.


  1. Lovely, and such a great way to display these rather stiff paper/fabric creations!

  2. I love the idea of finishing off the edges with painted organza. I too like the softness of fabric and often stay away from things that will make it stiff but perhaps a little exploration is in order!

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous. I would have been so afraid to draw an image over that beautifully-layered background, but you pulled it off in spades!

  4. This is absolutely stunning. I would have been so afraid to draw an image over that beautifully-layered background, but you pulled it off, in spades! Just wonderful.

  5. Nicely done!!!! Love the way this turned out competed!

  6. Looks like a fun technique! I really like the polished look you get by finishing with the frame.

  7. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the details of how you finished it.

  8. What a beautiful tree! I love the impressionistic feel, and the hint of leaves fluttering in the wind in the
    stitching in the background.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv