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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Block Printing Light in the Forest

My vision for this piece is very clear. I want to create the impression of a forest with light streaming in through the trunks, branches, and leaves. To create perspective, I begin with smaller sized trunks in the distance.

Switching to a different, larger block, I move to the lower front and print those trunks and a few branches.
Next, I start adding leaves. I am finding the coloring kind of challenging.
I want the leaves to show up against the vivid colors of the background fabrics.
This means I need to use muted colors for the printing - trying to create
subtle contrast.

Here it is fully printed below.

I have to admit, at this point, I am not overjoyed with the results.
I actually liked it better before the printing.
Hopefully I can improve it with quilting and embellishments.


Marybeth said...

Happy New Year!! I love the way this piece is turning out. It looks good on my monitor. In the picture the depth is wonderful and keeps my eye in the picture. Keep working - you'll learn to love it also!! Maybeth

Anonymous said...

i think you need some lighter lights and darker darks to make this piece sing. don't give up on it yet.

tiedyejudy said...

Cynthia, it's more subtle than your previous two pieces done this way, but I do like it, and agree that the quilting and embellishments will probably make it even better. I think each of these 3 have their own personality, in spite of the fact you have used the same basic concept! Happy New Year, and thank you for all your inspiration!

Dahn said...

I really love this piece. As someone else said, this is subtler than your other pieces, and just a lovely..
Happy New Year!

HollyM said...

I hate that feeling when I think I have gone too far. It usually works out in the end as I'm sure yours will. Perhaps you're right when you start quilting and embellishing it will work.