Monday, May 31, 2010

"How Does Your Garden Grow?"

"April Love"(4"x6")

I hope the saying “better late than never” applies to this piece, because it was supposed to be my entry for the April postcard challenge theme, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”  It’s now almost June, and the garden should be in full bloom; however, my little art piece, much like my 
backyard garden, grew v-e-r-r-r-y slowly.
I used a method that Jill Buckley has written about on her blog – I scanned a black-and-white sketch onto pre-treated commercial fabric and then colored in the design with Tsukineko ink pens.  I added some machine quilting and French knots, and the edge is satin-stitched with 40-weight rayon thread.
This method brought me back to kindergarten days – I love coloring, and now that I’m a big girl, I can even stay inside the lines (most of the time).  I can’t wait to try this again.
Diane

15 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

Diane; this is so lovely! I always say good things come in small packages! Glad you had fun with this; it shows! xxoo

Terri Stegmiller said...

Love this little piece. I have read Jill's write-up and found it very intriguing, along with her work from it.

Jackie said...

This is just wonderful! I love the technique and the results. A truly beautiful piece.

Quilt Rat said...

April Love is fantastic! This is a gorgeous piece, hard to imagine it is only 6" x 4"


BTW you have been giving me far too much credit!!!!

Diane Wright said...

It's a little gem!

imquilternity said...

How lovely. Amazing how beautiful a small piece can be. It sounds like a lot of fun coloring again! I want to try this someday when I have some extra time! Thanks for sharing the technique.

Deborah said...

It's lovely!

Victoria said...

Very pretty and worth the wait! I've had fun with Tsukineko inks, too... the colors are so vivid.

Ruth Anne Olson said...

This may very well be the next exercise I do in my art journey. Until I feel good enough to actually spend time in my studio, I can do some art work on the computer. Thank you for the link.

Mermaid's Purse said...

It's beautiful Diane!

moosestashquilting said...

How cute is that! I keep reading about these new watercolor pencils too. Something I think I need to try out sometime.

Chris said...

I love this technique. Your piece is beautiful

Edzellinni said...

Hi Diane. Very nice blog! I can't help with your questions on the visioning site because I make and sell small work, and haven't done any commissions or stuff thru galleries. Just wanted to touch in and say hi. and PS: I grew up not too far from you, outside Utica. small world, right? Linda Wyatt

JMack said...

i love this one! one of these days i have to buy one ;)

ArtGirl said...

this is AWESOME! the green leaves are lovely. i like that you explained your process, too.

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