Four Seasons is a paintstik & stencil project. Â A real attention grabber. Â It is created using the Aspen Trees Stencil and the Mini Iridescent sets Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Matte Ivory Black. Â White Silk/Cotton Fabric is the base fabric, Â in each panel I started painting in the background using the lightest color of the season, followed by the medium, then the darkest. Â When the background was the way I wanted it, Blue Painters Tape was applied to the outside of the trees. Â The Ivory Black was added to add definition and show off the trees.
Fire Tree was inspired by wildfires, the colors and intensity of the wildfires are breathtaking and frightening at the same moment. Â Yes, I was up-close to several wildfires during my years of guiding in Alaska. Â It is a sight that stays with you.
Fire Tree started with a Hand Marbled Fat Quarter of Fire in Feathers Design. Â 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. Â 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.
This is how it all started.Â I had been wanting to create the long version of the Kimono Jacket, after all it has pockets and is easy to wear.Â This button from JJ Handworks was my inspiration.Â I also wanted to use some to the pieces that I had created using paintstiksÂ onÂ hand dyed fabric combined withÂ hand marbled fabric andÂ a beautiful batik.
IÂ wanted to experiment with different styles of fill in Free Motion Machine Quilting and thread.Â So each section is a bit different design and thread.Â I have fallen in love with Wonderfil Thread.Â This was a wonderful way to get to know some of their differentÂ threadsÂ 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.Â I did one using thread and I was justÂ not happy with the way it turn out.Â By that time I no longer had any more of the original batik.Â I know me and if I don’t love my wearable piecesÂ I won’t wear them.Â 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.Â It was worth all of the time and energy.