Four Seasons is a paintstik & stencil project. A real attention grabber. It is created using the Aspen Trees Stencil and the Mini Iridescent sets Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Matte Ivory Black. White Silk/Cotton Fabric is the base fabric, in each panel I started painting in the background using the lightest color of the season, followed by the medium, then the darkest. When the background was the way I wanted it, Blue Painters Tape was applied to the outside of the trees. The Ivory Black was added to add definition and show off the trees.
Falling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets. It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention.
The original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric. I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels. Below is a close-up of the back panel.
The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket. The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
Fire Tree was inspired by wildfires, the colors and intensity of the wildfires are breathtaking and frightening at the same moment. Yes, I was up-close to several wildfires during my years of guiding in Alaska. It is a sight that stays with you.
Fire Tree started with a Hand Marbled Fat Quarter of Fire in Feathers Design. Branches Reversed 12″ x 12″ is the stencil with three paintstik colors, Matte Ivory Black, Chocolate or Asphaltum (I don’t remember which, Dark Brown is the key) and Iridescent Gold. Started by putting down a very light layer of Ivory Black as a primer, followed by a nice opaque layer of Dark Brown and finally a light wash of IR Gold to give depth and sparkle.
One of these days quilting will happen, but currently I am far to busy making more Hand Marbled Fabric for you.
I was asked for photos of some of my Paintstik Projects, only to discovered I am a bit behind at posting a few things. Spring Maze/Autumn Haze is two blocks and just by changing the setting you can create two completely different quilts. This is the Spring Maze version. I concluded that the blocks were so bright and bold that hand dye border was required. My obsession with Paintstiks continues. Spring Maze looked very organic, a field of wildflowers in full bloom. You will find ferns and dragonflies in two corners and a few little dragon flies randomly in the several center of the blocks.
I love it when a plan comes together. The fern and dragonflies added a wonderful little something to my wildflower garden.
This is how it all started. I had been wanting to create the long version of the Kimono Jacket, after all it has pockets and is easy to wear. This button from JJ Handworks was my inspiration. I also wanted to use some to the pieces that I had created using paintstiks on hand dyed fabric combined with hand marbled fabric and a beautiful batik.
I wanted to experiment with different styles of fill in Free Motion Machine Quilting and thread. So each section is a bit different design and thread. I have fallen in love with Wonderfil Thread. This was a wonderful way to get to know some of their different threads and I had a great time playing with thread.
I will confess that the Left side (the black with all the falling leaves) is not the original panel. I did one using thread and I was just not happy with the way it turn out. By that time I no longer had any more of the original batik. I know me and if I don’t love my wearable pieces I won’t wear them. So the jacket was on hold until inspiration hit.
I’m part of a Art Quilt group and one day we were playing with paintstiks and this idea just sort of fell together and Im so happy with the way Kimono Leaves turned out. It was worth all of the time and energy.