Several years ago, my daughter, some of her friends, and I, opened a little art studio downtown. It lasted a couple of years and was hard work, but FUN. We all 'did our own thing.' That made it fun AND interesting. Among the things I chose to do was painting on fabric, then embroidering over the painting. Among the fabrics I chose to paint, then embroider, was not only cotton fabric, but also cotton quilt batting. And, then, one day, I came across some cloth diapers that had never been used, so naturally, I wondered how painting and embroidering those would work out. So...here,
This odd little painting.
As I remember, I painted on damp cloth...made it a little easier to do.
There was really no thought process about it...just picking some colors, kind of at random, but not really. I'm not much of a random kind of girl....preferring to "ponder" a bit. As I do in everything else. Remember, I am a 'control enthusiast.'
I can say there doesn't seem to be a right and a wrong while painting like this. Another reason it's fun.
There is always a tiny hint of a bird or two.
I don't use yellow very much...but I have to say, when painting like this again, I will use yellow again. Seems to have made the piece a bit more 'joyful' to look at!!
And, yes, you MAY gather every flower!
So, using that yellow taught me something. Same as Mr. G did long ago when he encouraged me to try some orange!
There was a second diaper found that day...and yesterday, I found it again in a box of scraps saved from that first one. Here it is. Well. It's available, so maybe in the not so distant future, but who knows when, I may use this one as a background and embroider something over it. After all, it was fun to do. We will see.
I did this on the first one....cut out an opening in the middle of a piece of paper and placed it here and there on the diaper, then took some photos, trying to figure out the best way to use it as a background.
Boy, that's fun!! So, just a few minutes ago, I tried it on this second diaper. I've taken a few photos, trying to find my favorite.
Look them over. See what you think. Tell me. I will consider your thoughts when I again work on this piece.
I think this is my least favorite. (?)
Vertical or horizontal? It's up to you.
What do you think? Would you do this? Or, am I just too silly.
(By the way, I don't mind being silly.)
And, just so you know...someone DID buy that piece.
I chose the wording and cut them from an old book to add to the mat after making this piece. That's another fun thing to do...words...just make something up. I love doing that. When I decided to do this post (yesterday), I also wanted to mention that Monday (the 25th), is our 52nd wedding anniversary. I said at the very beginning that my goal was to be married for 50 years. He tried to last. And, I'm still here, still counting. Still remembering.
When I wrote those words, "You may gather every flower" it just came off the top of my head. But, now, looking back, I realize that is what the Old Navy Man was continually doing. He would always go out on our back acreage and find a little bouquet of some wild flowers and bring them to me. I took the photo of his hands holding this little bouquet a while before I painted and embroidered the piece shown here, but, doesn't it just fit the story?
I miss those little gathered bouquets.
until next time
Bird Nest Cottage