Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nepal Monument–Part 2

The second step for the monument was to put the spire on.  I decided that the one I had originally drawn was not the right size so re-drew it and started picking fabrics.   Again, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I added some Metallic silver paint to change the texture of it a bit.  IMG_2256

I was happy with the design, but didn’t feel as if the perspective was right, so I went to an expert, my Daughter-In-Law Amber, for help.    Her first suggestion was that I cut the three pieces apart and play with those some…..

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Amber is an Elementary school art teacher and a very accomplished artist and she jumped right in to help me…..

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Her suggestion was that the spire was too upright and needed to have some angled movement in it.   IMG_2402

I think that she was right!!!

The next part of the piece was to get the mountains in the background.  I was torn about these because I wanted them to show up but not to overtake the scene.  I found one photo that had a nice view of the mountains and used that for my pattern.

By a serendipitous occurrence, the  size ended up to fit the quilt perfectly.IMG_2252

I started off working from a color photo on my computer…..

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…but then realized that it was much easier to see the shading from a black and white version.

I had way too much fun filling in these mountains, playing with the colors and shading until I had a pleasant design that showed the depth of the scene…..

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I was excited by the fact that, although I used the photo to help with the shading some, I was able to do a lot of it intuitively….a FIRST for me!!!

The next obstacle was to get all of these pieces glued down and get rid of the pins.  I started working with the bottle of glue as I had before but decided that a stiff paintbrush was easier to use….

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I also realized that it would be easier to work from above the pieces so pulled out a stepstool to give me a little height……

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After I glued all of the mountains down, I took it to the machine and outline stitched around each piece.   My plan is to add a lot of quilting and hopefully the outlines wont show much.  I am very happy with the progress so far…..

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Next will be the grass and rocks leading down the path.

3 comments:

Amber said...

I got a giggle out of YOU needing height. Welcome to my world!!

Karen S said...

I am catching up on the two posts and am loving reading the process you are going through. This is a lot of work and the results really show your wonderful skills. I look forward to seeing the next stage.

elle said...

whoa! It is a bigger size than I thought. It will be such a great addition on your walls. A few tips are always welcome and then here you are- off trekking again! :)

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