Moving right along. A free form stitched bird cut from a piece that just wasn't working for me. But now I'm finding elements that I liked so cut, cut, cut and recycle some work. Having made many art quilts in the past I have no issues with cutting things up. I always loved that part of quilting. The deconstruction/reconstruction aspect of it was always something I loved doing. Collage has that same process that I'm drawn to. I also cut up paintings on paper, fabric, and raw canvas. Using a mat frame as a window is a great way to find sections that you want to isolate and cut out. Then the scraps from that go into a bin for later collage work. No waste. I'm big on no waste. Even the smallest pieces can find a place in a new work.
Recycling during this process of the 30 day challenge is a great help to get things flowing. No staring at a blank page just digging in to my scraps. After I find a few items that I think have potential then I start putting colors that work together and threads etc. I usually stitch with natural tones and lots of grey tones. Maybe I'll try stitching with colors that I never use to see what happens. As a previous Indie Dyer I have used every color that I could possibly come up with but in my work over the last few years I have a preference for more earthy subdued colors. It's just what feel rights for me. I dyed enough blue to last a lifetime so I don't use it often in my stitching but now that it has been a several years since I closed that business maybe I'm not so sick of blue anymore. Hmm...I'll have to think about that. I use blue/greys and Payne's grey is a go to color for me. Can't function without Payne's grey. I have it in watercolor, oil, acrylic I think. It's the first color I look for when buying new paints. Ok I'm getting off subject so that tells me it's time to get going. Catch ya later.
A little drawing with some collage elements in progress. Wabi-Sabi style canvas which has Japanese paper mounted to it for texture and white paint. I'll probably hand stitch the collage to the canvas with linen. Also that rusty bit is a crackle dyed velvet that I found in my stash. I love it. I dyed that years ago and the color has not faded at all. Cool. It will make it's way into something soon. Later Peeps.
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