Sunday, August 18, 2013

the silk design starts to emerge

This is an exciting point, where the design idea starts to express itself.  Several ideas came together this afternoon and I realized that the center of this piece is going to be a sunflower head. This was after a while spent couching dark green and anchoring it with yellow, my subconscious at work, I guess.

 I drew a couple of them as design references, from my flowers growing out front and back, and will be penciling the design onto the silk -- can't use my favorite Pilot pen for this, since it will probably bleed -- and then that's where the trapunto will happen, and some beading. And maybe some French knots to simulate beads and seeds in the seed head.  We'll see.  

The full face sunflower is probably my choice for this work, the other, more shaggy one, a back view of an older flower, is a bit "busy" for this piece,but might frame up as a nice little drawing.

Techy stuff for people who like it:  drawing paper, lightweight, fine black Pilot pen, Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons to sketch in the color areas.

And there'll be beading here and there elsewhere, and some small trapunto areas, to balance out the design.  At least that's the current plan.


  1. And we all know what the 'best laid plans of mice and men' lead to sometimes - a complete 360 from where we thought we'd go. Going to be interesting to follow the developments!

  2. A 360 is a complete circle. So I'd be right where I am now! I'm already changing some of the approach, you'll be amused to know!

  3. Enjoying your "thinking out loud" this is going to be interesting. Like the sketches and the techy info.

  4. I am already picturing the sunflower, none in my garden this year, the birds did not drop any seeds! Can also see a bee on the flower or is that just my imagination

  5. Lovely! Can't wait to see the final piece!

  6. So fun to see the design/creative process at work!


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