Friday, October 28, 2011

A New Embroidered Painting (?)









Here's something I just finished. Oh, how I love the word FINISHED. It's always fun to do something 'new' and then, by the time it's finished, I'm thinking...."good - it's done, now what can I get into?" This little piece of art should have been done weeks ago....but, here it is now, thank goodness.

I have a little dilemma - I really am clueless as to what to call this kind of work. I don't know anyone else who does this exact thing. It IS embroidered quilt batting. It IS also painted canvas.
Do I call it an embroidery? Do I call it a painting? What to do? I know it's mixed media, but I'd like to call it by a unique kind of name. If you have an idea as to what this should be called, kindly let me know, as I would like a lovely little name for it.

The first thing I do when making one of these pieces is to choose the size canvas I want to use, then paint it. The second step is to paint the batting with some of the same colors used on the canvas. (To paint the batting, you must dilute the paint as you want it to sink into the batting, not just sit on the top.) As you can see, I have painted a small "leftover" piece of quilt batting and then embroidered it.

As always, there is a tree, one of my very favorite motifs to embroider, applique, quilt or paint.
This tree is really different as I've embroidered the tree trunk, then painted a vintage book page in orange and green. I've cut that painted page into tiny little leaf shapes. TINY. Then, with gel medium, attached the leaves to the tree. This step actually comes later after I have embroidered everything I wanted to embroider on the painted batting, I then gel medium the batting to the painted canvas and embroider around it. Lastly, I make the frame to fit the finished canvas, attach it to the canvas and paint it, add a hanging wire on the back, put a sealing coat of gel medium over the painted and paper parts and it's done. (By the way...this piece is 5 1/2" x 7 1/2.") (One other thing....on this piece, I removed the canvas from the wood stretchers, embroidered it, then stapled it back onto the wood stretchers when all the embroidery was done.)

So....knowing how it was done....what would you call it??? So, ok......I know you are wondering why I used paper for the leaves. My answer is "I just don't know....it seemed like a good idea at the time." Really, it just popped into my mind to use painted vintage book pages and so I did!

I'd love to hear your opinion on this piece and what you would call this technique. I've got it displayed at the downtown studio, but if anyone is interested in buying it....well, send an email and we can talk about it. Meantime....y'all continue to have fun and take care, pat

17 comments:

Jim Gatling said...

Call it "Patricia's original one-of-a-kind, fantastic, super unbelievable, stuff to hang on the wall."

Lynda says... said...

Really like this, great blending of techniques.

LindaSchiffer said...

I don't care what you call it, it is BEAUTIFUL! :) Embroidered Painting works for me.

:) Linda

Christy said...

Hmmmmm, Pat. What a quandry. My mind keeps flopping between Embroiderpainting or PaintBroidery. Or maybe, 'The Eaton Thingy'. LOL! Have fun thinking of a name for it!
Christy
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Jim Gatling said...

I like "The Eaton Thingy!!!!"

Shannon Young said...

Heart Work. Because you put your heart into them, they're a labor of love, everyone loves them, they make your heart swell, our hearts sing, you love hearts . . . I could go on and on! :-)

Jayden Smith said...

I too much like your embroidered painting, all are very lovely and attractive.

Julie Fukuda said...

Hmmmm, I'll have to sleep on this one ... Pat's 'broidered bat? Oh, I am just too tired to think but it sure is pretty.

Amy said...

I don't know what to call it, other than stunningly beautiful!!!

Claudine brodeuse de perles said...

Qu'est-ce qu'il est beau dans son cadre et j'adore les petite feuilles, les petites broderies et ta peinture. Bon, j'aime tout. C'est dit. Bisous et très bonne soirée Pat

Nicki Lee said...

Ohhh Pat! You've done it again! I love this one just as much as the one my friend Mary won last spring. How aBout something like Paintstitches by Pat?

Sheila said...

It's beautiful, I love it.

Meg said...

Call it gorgeous!

Eddie said...

Haha, "The Eaton Thingy" sounds good. But Paintbroidery was the first thing that came to mind. Either way, it is beautiful, so let's just go with Beautiful!

vicki said...

Gasp!! I can only call this unbelievably beautiful!! How creative to use paper for the leaves-- this belongs in a museum!! You are so creative Pat-- honestly- this is incredible!!
Vicki

Anonymous said...

I'm an artist wannabe and am having trouble wading into the water, but you show me that art doesn't have to take a specific form. It's wonderful.

I would call it Painted Embroidered Collage, Painted Collage Embroidery or Collagery!

Pat said...

To "Anonymous"...thanks for your comment and the name suggestions of my technique. If I can inspire you in any way...I am thrilled. I hope you enjoy making your way from a 'wannabe'into a real artist. All it requires is that you make art and feel good about it...so GO!!!! pat

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