Cynthia St. Charles Store

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stretcher Bars 20 x 16"

 Here is the final version of this piece.  I did a border of block printing and then wrapped it around a stretcher bars in a 20 x 16" horizontal format.  I decided I could use the other piece of deconstructed fabric (under audition for the background / border) to make another piece in the series.   I am satisfied with this one (although I don't think I will do the block printing on the edge again - not overly crazy about that) and now am encouraged to think I could use my deconstructed prints in this same way to build a series.  One of my goals for the year is to work in series!
Here's something I recently started doing with my work in order to evaluate whether or not it is successful - change the photo to grayscale in Photoshop.  If I see good contrast - darks, lights, and medium values - and there is balance - I feel it is successful.


tiedyejudy said...

I'm intrigued by how you mounted this piece! So no quilting, just the fabric? I like it! And I also like that you are using the grayscale to see the contrast...sounds like a good tool. Looking forward to the next pieces in this series!

Cynthia St Charles said...

Oh - well I guess I should have taken pictures of how I did this one. I tried something new. I cut the 16 x 20" batting, placed it on the back and did some straight stitch quilting across the surface, and some heavier stitching on the trees. I did hand embroidery on the horizontal green strip. Then, I wrapped it - the result being that the part I wrapped had a single unquilted layer of fabric. It was OK - but I am not sure I want to do this regularly. It was tricky getting everything to fit just right. And the back doesn't look as neat as I would like.