I spent hours and hours and hours online researching various techniques. Lea McComas lessons were quite helpful. By combining several approaches....here's what I did.
It began by selecting a photo
Posterizing in Photoshop - I'm not Photoshop savvy so this took some doing, of course now I see how really simple that task was!
The photo was printed and with the aid of a light box and freezer paper, the face was traced, divided into sections. Each was assigned a number for its value, with a total of 5 to correspond with 5 solid fabrics.
Next, each of the marked sections of the freezer paper were cut out and pressed to pieces of Wonder-Under prepared fabric. One needs to keep careful track because once the piece is cut it's hard to know whether it is the outline of an eye or the mouth! As is typical in appliqué, you start from the back and work forward, adding each piece to complete what feels like working on a jigsaw puzzle. And like a jigsaw, where one often begins with the corners, I found it worked best to get the outline of the face fused first.
So....finally all the fusing was completed. AND DRAT......regular blog readers are aware of the trouble I've had with my cataract surgery. My vision is much, much worse than pre-surgery. AND the promise of seeing color so much better.....NOT!! So, that's my excuse for not realizing just how dark the #3 color was.....way too dark...which contributed to making this darling little boy look like he's 5!
I kept thinking that quilting with lighter thread would lighten it up....but it didn't.After countless days, much hand wringing, and with the help of my fiber buddies......all possible options to rescue this piece were examined. Finally, it became clear that I'd have to paint it. GULP! Thanks to my pal Kate who introduced me to Golden's Paint Medium....which helped the paint flow and blend better.
I did several light layers to achieve the right color.
An email from talented blog buddy Gwyned Trefethen, (written after my posting of my last project which also needed rescuing), helped to steady my hand as I painted. She said: If anyone has courage as an artist, it is you, Mary. Lopping off the bottom of your quilt, then finding a way to make the pieces work together. Courageous and brilliant! I'm sharing this because it meant so much to me......and it's a reminder how much we share, inspire, and encourage each other via our blogs!
It took over two weeks to decide how to finish it. Cropping the face, eliminating the too skinny neck seemed to make him look more his age...though still too old. I must have pulled every piece of fabric from my stash auditioning ideas for borders. I cut who knows how many different colors and sizes of mats and tried who knows how many frame options. In the end, instead of lopping off the bottom of the tree as in my last project.....I lopped off his neck.
This isn't a masterpiece and I'm not sure I'll attempt another one......yet there is a certain sense of satisfaction that comes from creating such complex piece.
Elan Stori 2016
11" x 13"
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