Completed Water Lily

I finished the colored pencil drawing of the water lily. This is a scanned in version and the colors are a bit off but you get the idea.

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I really like the end result and I finally found a way to use colored pencils where the outcome was good. It takes a long time but the blending of the colors is the definite key. We went to Louise’s house again to make more leaves for our ski chair. We have a lot more to do and now I have 7 more leaves to stitch with a felt covering. Hopefully, the needle breakage will be less than the last set. Have a good weekend.

Colored Pencil Drawing and More Felt Leaves

I have been stitching a felt leaf every morning for our Big Ski Chair Affair project. It’s a little nerve racking because if the needle hits the wire base, the needle breaks. I have broken four needles so far. It always happens when I try to speed up a bit or don’t pay enough attention.

Felt Leaves

Here’s the leaves I finished. I haven’t added any veins. I am going to check with the other ladies before I do. Maybe the small ones don’t need any?

Blending Colored Pencils

I’m still working on my colored pencil drawing. It takes a lot of time. You can see in the upper left corner that I am blending the background. I am using odorless mineral spirits and applying a tiny bit with a brush. And it works! The colored pencil layers blend and cover the white of the paper.

First Layer Blended

Here it is after the first layer is blended including the leaves. I haven’t started on the water lily itself yet. Trying to learn how this works before I make a mess of the flower.

Background Blended

And here is the water with a couple more darker colored pencils added. It definitely gives richer colors than just using colored pencils alone. You don’t push down hard with the pencils, just do a light circular stroke to cover the page. That way you don’t damage the tooth of the paper. Next, I will add more layers and details to the leaves. Once I finish the leaves, I will try the flower.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Color Homework

Hurray! I finally finished my Free Motion Stitching on Felt online course preparations. I have set the date for March 17, 2017 and registration will open in February. So if you’re interested, you can see more details about the class here. It’s going to be a really fun class so if you’d like to learn how to machine stitch on felt or improve your free motion skills, I think you will learn a lot!

In my spare time (Ha, what’s that?), I have been doing a few color homework exercises. My Level 3 Art and Design course starts in February and since it has been nearly three years since I took the color course, I thought I should brush up on my color scales and other suggested exercises that I didn’t finish before.

Color Homework

So I have been working on color scales, made a colored pencil color chart for my newer colored pencils and in general, playing with paints. I always forget how fascinating it is to mix different colors and see the differences between, for example, two different reds with the same green. I always learn something every time I mix paints.

I also have been working with colored pencils and watching a few videos on YouTube on how to use them. I have never been really satisfied with my use of colored pencils so I thought I should learn a bit more about how to use them correctly. Lachri Fine Art has some really good videos and she does some beautiful colored pencil drawings. So the Instagram photo above is my start to a colored pencil drawing. That is just the very first color on the background. It takes a long while to do this correctly so I will show you stages as I go along. I also have to get some odorless mineral spirits to help blend the colors. I think this is going to take me a long while to finish.

Printed and Stitched Felt

I finally finished recording all the videos for my free motion stitching online class. Now comes the laborious process of editing. Made a couple more samples today.

Printed and Stitched Felt

I don’t remember if I have shown you this piece of felt before. It was screen printed several times. Today I added some basic free motion stitching around the leaves. It’s always easier when you have a pattern to follow.

Printed and Stitched Felt Close Up

The stitching does bring out the leaves a little bit more and looks better in person. These photos aren’t the best as it was a little late in the afternoon for any natural light. Not sure what I will do with this piece of felt. It might make a couple of drink sleeves if it is long enough. I’ll have to see.

The Big Ski Chair Affair

I can’t remember if I have talked about this project here or if I said something about it over at The Felting and Fiber Studio. But one of the non-profit organizations where I am a volunteer was looking for a new fund-raiser. The idea came up to have artists “decorate” a ski lift chair and then auction them off. The organization provides transportation to and from the ski hill so it seemed like a good fit. Guess who’s in charge of the fund-raiser? Not sure why I say yes to these things but I just need one more thing to do!

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This is what the chairs look like now and they are big, over seven feet long. And because yes, I need to do more than just be the head of the fund-raising event, our group decided to decorate a chair. So we are working on a proposal for the chair and yesterday, we started making some elements for the chair.

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Here’s a sketch of our proposal. The seat benches will be covered with eco printed felt, there will be felt rocks under one side and a bower of leaves climbing up the overhead support. We started working on the leaves. Some are made from copper wire, some from flat copper, some from felt and some with machine stitched threads.

Here we are working away at Louise’s house. Louise already has all the metal smithing tools so she showed us how to use them and off we went.

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It was fun pounding, stringing beads and shaping our leaves.

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Here’s all the leaves we created. There are a couple of thread leaves and one felt leaf in there too.

Here’s a little closer view of what the leaves will look like. The wire ones without anything in them aren’t done. Some will turn into felt or thread stitched leaves, others will get beaded wires wrapped around them. Deb pointed out to us partway through that we needed some larger leaves since the chair is so big and the smaller ones would be really disproportionate. So we made a few bigger ones. We have lots more to go so I’m sure we’ll have all kinds of sizes by the time we’re finished. I’ll keep you updated on how the project is going. I have never worked on a project this big or collaboratively so it is going to be fun and I’m sure I will learn a lot.

We have to turn in a proposal and get it accepted but we are kind of getting ahead of ourselves. But I’m sure it will work out in the end. I have made a Facebook page for the fund-raiser. I would appreciate it if you’d go and like the page and spread the word. We are still looking for other artists in the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana to participate.