Monday, October 11, 2010

Almost Completed Tolima Man

I have learned a lot from this piece.
1. I like working on a pre-stretched painting canvas. It reminds me of my roots in painting. One of the things Robin talks about in her book is to make your base fabric meaningful to you. For me, that is canvas.

2. Always start in the middle. I made the frame first and made things much harder for myself.

3. Color the background first. I left it white. Since then I bought a variety of Sharpie markers. I will not only draw the design first, but I will color it as well. So much for free form. Not for me. Not now.

4. Keeping the lines straight in the satin stitch is not that easy with beads. With much practice, I should get there.

5. I still am not sure how I want to frame this. I probably should have used some black gesso first. At least around the outer perimeter.

6. I like bead embroidery very much. I feel I can be creative again in a way I cannot with jewelry.

I already have ideas for other pieces swimming in my head. I need to keep a journal since each piece takes so long. If I don't write it all down I will forget my ideas.

4 comments:

beadbabe49 said...

You HAVE learned a lot....it takes most people a long time to figure out to start from the middle and work their way out! Colored background is good (it's why I use batiks under my beading) and straight lines are hard to do (but easier on canvas or a harder background than it is on looser, softer fabric!
And a journal is an excellent idea...you are sure making great use of robin's books!

Pretty Things said...

Woah, I LOVE the blue!

Roberta said...

Thanks Bobbi!

Lori, they are called Matte Black AB but they sure aren't black! The colors are incredible!

Robbie said...

Well, guess I've been in a cave..I actually have so many embroidery and beading books but always bypassed the fact they worked on canvas! I just have to give that a go sometime!