Lately, my favorite saying is taken from my teen, Tessa, "I'm a mess!" But actually this week, it seems like things are getting back on track in my life. Well, almost all things. Not my flower piece, now . . . it's a mess. I've redone it at least three times....THREE times! The flowers more than that! I worked on it
today and nothing was going right. That's when it dawned on me. I was doing art and working with fabric for fun.
And this was not fun.
Still the news is not all bad. I did come up with a way to do the flowers. As you remember, I've been playing with the ideas of either making blotches of color that give the impression of flowers or to fussy cut flowers in a broderie perse style. I decided to take, the advice of Audree Faubert, "I think a little of both would be great." So what I did was cut them out quickly and started grouping them together in batches. I made to sure to vary scale and value just like flowers do in real life and they looked great. . .all pinned to my design wall. Sewing them down and keeping them in that arrangement didn't look like it was going to be easy.
Then the a light bulb went off in my head and I grabbed my Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite. I used the sheets to arrange the flowers on just the way I wanted them (its sticky on one side), then fused them down lightly together. This created a mass applique which could be stuck ( the other side is sticky too!) to my piece. Ta-da - problem solved!!
The fact still remains that the piece was a mess! As my husband states in a photo, it doesn't look all that bad but in person it reads flat. VERY flat. Now normally, I would just trash the piece, but its due for next week and its - well - A MESS. sighhhhhhhh
That's when the light bulb went off for the second time. There are parts that are working and parts that aren't. So I'm going to trash the parts that aren't and rework the parts that are. All by next week. Maybe. Hopefully.
Or I can just admit to the world that artists make messes too.
So What have been up to creatively?