when it comes to all things creative I have a few personal rules that have kept me in good stead over the years...
i only make things that are flat
i don't make things that need facings
i don't make anything that requires a rolled hem
although I have been known to have a glass of wine whilst machine quilting, i never do when cutting out a quilt... nor when buying fabric
and darts are out of the question
i've just added another no-no to the list
karen's latest class "doodle, gather, create" intrigued me from the day she announced it
i loved doodling in high school
and i certainly like to gather bits and pieces of this and that
first task was to choose an inspiration fabric - the one above is mine
pale beige with blue branches, random smaller white ones thrown in for good measure
i set to work the other evening, dithering over pen choice... black too harsh, my usual dark brown colour of choice too dark as well
i finally found a nice lighter brown one and began doodling on heavy watercolour paper
it wasn't long before i became completely absorbed and progressed well, delighting in the design that emerged - smaller branches, the curve slightly exaggerated... similar, yet different
i was three-quarters of the way finished when, after holding it up at a slightly different angle than before, i realized to my dismay my light brown pen was red!
new rule - no more choosing pen colours at night
i couldn't bring myself to toss it and start over and so here it is, in all it's glory
after the drawing was completed i started in on the next part
isolation and definition
getting side-tracked along the way with other circular ideas
putting this here and that there to see what other ideas take hold
embroidering on mulberry paper
slowly and oh, so carefully!
loving how they look, together and apart
thrilled with this paper-work
i have a notebook beside me where i am busily jotting down the ideas as they flow
karen said there would more inspiration in this work we produce than hours in the day, that it would inform future work and be an amazing reference to look back on
i am already seeing that and i've really just got started on this piece
pen-work becomes stitch-craft
i've finally decided what comes next with this and hope to get at it soon
in the meanwhile, i'm just shuffling all this paper around and about, entertaining myself in the most delightful way!