Sunday, July 19, 2009

Painting on fabric

I finally tried out a new medium for embellishing CQs; been meaning to try this for some time, but apparently I needed a push. Lauri offered a challenge to our CQ for Newbies list called "Out of Your Comfort Zone" in which we were to first define our "comfort zone" in CQ, and then do a block within that zone. Then we were to pick some aspects of CQ that were outside that zone and make another block using them.

I just reread that sentence, and I'm afraid it may only make sense to CQers, but hopefully pictures will help explain. This is in my "zone"; lots of seam embroidery, and just a few in-the-patch motifs, because I like the beauty of the fabric to show.

So here is "out of my zone", with more....everything. The carousel horse is painted, which is new to me, and I did lots more motifs of other kinds. Still not what anyone would call encrusted, but I just can't seem to make myself go that far. Maybe someday.

Here's a block I made using an owl I painted on black Dupioni silk.

A chipmunk done on cotton.

A cabin and a squirrel, both done on cottons.

A morning glory done on black silk.

And a pansy with lilacs, also on silk.

I've had a lot of fun with this, but obviously need more practice, especially with the flowers.


Anonymous said...

Janet, your painting is absolutely gorgeous!! Do you have some kind of painting background?? There"s another winner for the fair too!!!And the OOYCZ block is gorgeous as well. I love your fans!! Debbie (Maine)

SH Sue said...

OMG! Your painting is ABSOLUTELY GEORGEOUS!!!!! What a talented lady you are. They look better than silkies you can buy.

Gerry Krueger said...

That chipmunk is adorable... perfect for a button Janet. We have a bumper crop of baby chipmunks this year!!!

Hugs Gerry

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your painting on fabric!! You are so very talented!! I enjoy your work so very much!

Diane said...

You've made the little critters come to life! Your painting is lovely, you have quite the talent.

Thelma said...

Need more practice???? Geez girl I think it's awesome!

CarolynPhi said...

Janet, I LOVE your wonderful little animals!!! Their expressions are delightful!! They add so much to your beautif CQs!


Wendy said...

WOW! Is all I can say Janet, your painted patches are wonderfully gorgeous. I especially love the squirell. I really need to try this on some of my patches.