Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Fiddlin' around

I have been so immersed in house remodeling/cleaning/selling/painting/etc. that I have not done anything creative with fabric in waaaaay too long. Our small STASH group decided we needed a new challenge, so we settled on "tree". Last night I started fiddling with some ideas.

I carved a little stamp and stamped and painted some leafy fabrics. Then I sketched. I was looking at our old lilac out front and looking especially at the shapes and angles of the bare branches.

Today I scanned the sketch and cropped it to something that I liked.

Too many branches. I started taking branches out and simplifying.

I like that better. I took it into Illustrator and started tracing and adding some color to get a feel for what that might be like.

Now the trunk looks spindly and off balance. The background is a little icky too, but it's just a start.

I think this has a ways to go, but it's a start. This is the point at which I have to let it simmer in the back of my head. Most likely I'll get some kind of idea just as I'm drifting off to sleep.


  1. It is interesting to see your creative process.

  2. Love your tree!

    I was so happy to open my QA over breakfast this morning and find your article about your fab finishing technique! "Is that my Terry?" I asked myself, and then when I looked at the illustrations, I recognized your pieces and your hands at the machine!

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes!


  3. Wow! those are awesome tools you have in your computer. and I loved the leaf stamp.

  4. I like the final shape of the tree you have now.
    And congratulations on your article in Quilting Arts.

  5. QA is sitting right here on my coffee table; I hadn't registered that this is the issue with your article in it. And here I thought I was headed for bed...