For my WIP Wednesday, I am showing you the first steps of a new large landscape I have been mulling over for a while.
In this case, I did not have a sketch or photo to work from, the idea had just been in my head for a while. I started by placing a large 1400 by 900mm (about 50 by 36 in) sheet of lutradur up on my design wall.
You can see above I have drawn a sketch of the tree straight onto the stabiliser. I know this is a difficult picture to read, because of the transparency of the lutradur. Here is a digital sketch of what is drawn on the stabiliser.
Better? At least now you will know what I am talking about. I traced this onto wide format printer paper with coloured markers as my pattern.
Of course we all know that when the moment comes to begin a new project, the perfect fabric is nowhere to be found.
I could not find any sky fabric which I really wanted to use in this piece, so I took some mid blue fabric and painted it with decolourant!
So now I was ready to start putting up the sky. I do try to start from the distance if I can, but since I am pinning my pieces not fusing or glueing this time (to allow more ease in the thread painting), I can easily add extras in at any stage.
That was a lot of writing, for something that really took a short time. Needless to say it might be a few weeks before you see the next step in this sequence.
Just to finish off on a high note, here are a few photos of a very friendly King Parrot I had a chat with this afternoon.
As you can see we had a lovely talk and it wasn't until I had gotten about a foot from him/her that he/she felt the need to depart.
I'll be seeing you