Friday, July 13, 2012

CIrcles: Off the paper, onto the fabric


Susan Brubaker Knapp here. One of my primary goals for working in a sketchbook is to get what I draw out of my sketchbook and onto my medium of choice: fabric. For me, a sketchbook is a way to collect and try out ideas, but it is not the finished art. I usually work very realistically, but I decided to try just doodling some circles in my sketchbook, using a black ink pen. Here is one of the results I liked:
  
I photocopied my doodle, and taped it under a piece of Pimatex PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric. I can see my lines through this fabric, so it’s easy to paint the circles. I used PROfab Transparent Textile Paints and PRObrite Pearlescent Paints from Pro Chemical & Dye.



I used the end of one of my brushes to add more small circles, too:


Then I decided that I wasn’t crazy about the white background. After heat-setting the painted circles, I mixed up a little bit of Liquitex Acrylic Ink with water (to dilute it and tone it down) and painted the background.


 I started with yellow, then later, added a bit of blue to make a nice aqua color.


After it was dry, it was time to stitch! What motif? Circles, of course! Lots and lots of circles. Here it is after my free-motion machine quilting. I’m thinking about adding some hand stitching. Maybe some little Xs in hand-dyed thread, kind of like my original sketch.


It rather reminds me of algae, or frog spawn.


11 comments:

  1. It was good to see this piece develop. What is it's finished size? Is it a complete piece or part of something larger?
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  2. Love it. Circles are one of my favorite things and they make their way into my art frequently. Beautiful - thanks for sharing in such a detailed way.

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  3. This is such a totally gorgeous idea. I really want to have a go now :)


    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Seeing your design development made a flashbulb go off in my head - painted and stamped a shirt a few weeks ago that I thought I was going to have to sew a patch over, because it seemed too....blah. You've given me a wonderful idea - it may just need more embellishment to finish saying what it needs to say! Thank you for sharing your work!

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  5. Really nice exploration of this theme!

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  6. Very nice. I love the stitching it adds to the image so nicely.

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  7. Julie-Anne: It is about 9x12"... pretty small. It could be a study for something larger; not sure yet!

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  8. This is such an awesome idea, makes me want to pull out my sewing machine :)

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  9. WOW! This is just stunning and so creative!

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  10. That would make a wonderful sketchbook front cover!

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