Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Fabric Bowl and December TIF Challenge


Here's another fabric bowl. I decided not to give this one away. For one thing, I didn't think I would be able to finish it. It is made with denim and then I stenciled it with oil paint sticks. The problem is that now it has four layers of denim, plus stiff interfacing and the dried oil paint to stitch through. Needless to say it was a little difficult to satin stitch the middle square. Note to self: consider the eventual thickness when choosing fabric for this type of bowl or consider buying a sturdier sewing machine.


But I liked the outcome even though the stitching is less than my usual standards. Another reason not to give it as a gift!



Here is the start of my December TIF challenge piece. The subject is generosity. The pomegranate is a symbol of abundance and generosity. I did buy two pomegranates with the hope of doing some stamping with the cut pomegranate and then use pieces of pomegranate and seeds to make a deconstructive silk screen. Since I didn't have time for either of those projects, I decided to complete this canvas that I had gessoed many moons ago. So I used my oil paint sticks again to draw the pomegranates and then used a watercolor wash of Paynes Grey for the background. However, the grey is very blue. I like it but had wanted it to be blacker. I'm kind of afraid to do anything more with the background as I don't want to spoil it.





I think I will add some text. Perhaps just: " Pomegranates - a symbol of abundance and generosity". My plan at this point is to either take it further and make a larger wall hanging. Or the piece of canvas was originally planned for my fiber bag which I did a "graffiti" treatment to here. So I could just sew it to the bag. The other cool thing is that in lieu of Christmas, I am taking a class in January in machine embroidery at the Gail Harker Creative Studies center. It is a 5 day class and I am so excited!

4 comments:

Vicki W said...

I wouldn't give that bowl away either - it's very cool.

Barbara said...

I pomegranates are great - I love the background just the way it is.

katelnorth said...

Personally, I don't think the background is too grey, so if you don't like it, you are welcome to send it my way...

Seriously, though, you can see why the pomegranate is a symbol of abundance and generosity, can't you - there's something about them that just oozes richness and lushness. I really like this piece - hope you finish it off in some way or other!

red2white said...

I like your painting very much, to me the colour combination is very interesting and pleasing, I love it as it is, even without a text, it is rich id details. Very pretty!