Friday, January 9, 2015

Sacred Curves - Take 2 - Off the Wall Friday

I tried Honestly, I did.  I took my last design, which by the way, wasn't half bad.  I didn't love, love it but I didn't hate it either.  So, I tried coloring it and I colored some more. But none of them seemed right.  What's a girl to do when a piece that is suppose to be "inspired" feels more like a chore?


Scrap it!  Start Again!  If I had that idea, I'll have another.

I decided what I didn't like about the design was that there was too much representational work in what I wanted to be an abstraction of spiritual praise.  I think its not a bad idea to write out what you want your piece to express and put that on your design wall.  That way you won't take a wrong turn and end up completely somewhere else.  (Not that somewhere else isn't perfectly fine, but, hey, its not where we wanted to go!)


So Guess What??  My design came out of me with no problem.  I refined it here and there for a long while and finally was satisfied.  Now I just have to color it.  AgainGroan. . 

This time, I took a different approached and used my handy dandy Photoshop Elements program.  Its really not that complicated.  After making sure that the design only included enclosed shapes, I scanned it into the program. 
Then all you have to do is "Select" (I used the lasso) the shapes, pick a
color and "Paint Bucket" to fill it
Waaaa - La!!  I feel very smart!

The hardest part was picking the colors. . . of course.  Now remember this was  only to give me a rough idea of where I'm doing with the piece.  I didn't feel the need to perfect the colors.  Its amazing that once you start playing with the colors you see all sorts of directions the design can go.

These are only the first three.  I gave myself a deadline to start sewing by Sunday so I don't end up down another rabbit hole!

So what have you been up to creatively?

9 comments:

Julie Bagamary said...

Nice design. Is it too late to get in on the deadline for the Sacred Threads?

Jenny Lyon said...

I like the new design very much! And the colors of the second try. I also write out "mission statements" for my pieces so that I don't go off track. I think it's a very good habit to get into. I am really liking where you are going with this one.

The Inside Stori said...

I'm so impressed.....ambitious project but I know you can do it!

Kaja said...

I like this very much, especially the colours of the second version. I've never thought of keeping a mission statement in mind for a piece - it's an interesting idea.

knitnkwilt said...

Well, you know my preference for abstraction...but even without it, your new direction is stunning.

I too have never thought of writing a mission statement...gotta ponder the possibility. A little bit difficult since I have trouble thinking beyond shapes and colors and lines to purpose.

Maggi said...

I really do like where you've taken this. Good luck with getting it completed.

sonja said...

and i appreciate your sharing how you worked it through. How minds like ours work is endlessly fascination to me! Your last is design is fluid ,be happy!

Susan said...

Wow I am really surprised! I absolutely loved your original design But I can definitely see that its not so abstract as your lovely new design!

Shannon said...

I really love the place your design has gone. I have a hard time with abstraction sometimes and I feel like you were really successful in this case in translating the feeling you were going to into an abstracted place.