|A snap of my Word Document|
Now that said. . . Do I really want to draw out 12 or 24 designs? Ahhhh. . . .No! And why should I when I have my trusty $300 laptop and printer at my disposal! Lots of times when I'm coming up with designs, I sketch some - I use computer images for others.
I know what you're saying, "Nina, I have no idea how to use one of those fancy pants quilt design programs or the too complicated Photoshop editor" Yeah - neither do I!!! What I do know how to use is my WORD program (sorta - LOL!).
So here are the steps:
- Pick your image. Edit (if you like in your fav photo editor - I didn't though)
- Open Word.
- Drag it onto a new page (or you can use the Insert Image function)
- Now you can make the image as big or as small as you want (pulling at the corners or sides)
- Copy/Paste copies of the images as you want - changing the scale of the picture
- Change the printer properties to "Economical" and Grey scale
- Print off several copies of your file
- Save if you want to for future designs.
This week, I decided to play around with graphs. Graphs do bring to mind traditional quilts, but they are really excellent way to organize an art quilt too.
First I use an irregular graph - with different scaled girls. Notice how cut away the background but kept all the girls. (I only used 3 last week but thought I liked all 5 this)
Next I wanted to play a bit more with a diagonal graph - fracturing it with the 5 girls.
Then I wanted to play with a changing scale graph (for your math people like a logarithmic graph scale)
Finally - I tried a totally irregular graph with angles just basically random and place the girls by eye!
Okay - so for you that are keeping track - that's 8! These are getting hung on the side of my design board to "cook" for a bit.. . . 'Cause you know how it is - the one you like today might not be the one that you like next week. I didn't put in more ribbons since I'm not quite sure I want to go that route - just sorta playing with composition right now.
So do you think you could do this? Easy-Peasy huh?!
Thanks for sharing your process so clearly! I have been intimidated by fancy programs and when I do try to work with them my creativity is drained. Or if I am able to use technology, I feel guilty - like I've cheated somehow. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who changes her mind about a project depending on the day!
I love that you use Word for projects, I have been doing that since way before I got EQ. Now I use both along with sketching. Of course I still don't do art quilts but I think I am getting closer. Maybe by the time I am 80 I will be ready to be an artist. ;-)
Thanks for the encouragement. I turn 73 in a few days and I cant wrap my mind around all the technology out there but I muddle along and do figure out a few things eventually. I am now printing my own labels and am beginning to step outside the box in utilizing my creative abilities.
Ahhhh, noooo 8-/
But you make it look easy - thank you for showing us your method
Oh the analytical mind of a former engineer! I was doing fine with the Word doc and then you started talking graph terms! LOL.
Thanks for sharing your process and I agree, new designs take a while to percolate!
That is so cool, Nina! So user friendly! Thanks!
Thank you so much for sharing.
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