Sunday, October 17, 2010

Florida Flora

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since end of August. So sad but I have been busy. Well busy with my kids going back to school, going back to work, my kids various social engagements and soccer season. But I did manage to get a piece done and entered into the Road to California show.




I started out using a photo I took while on vacation in Florida last year. I sketched out the picture using Neocolor Watercolor crayons and then blended using textile medium. I heat set and then added batting and backing. I used various colors of thread to create the lines in the leaves. I first outlined all the large leaves and then stitched to get the patterns. I wanted it to look more like leaves in life than a perfect leaf so pushed the fabric an manipulated it to add a more three dimensional look and feel. So parts of the leaves and stems pop out from the fabric. I added clear beads to simulate the water drops and a few crystal beads for more realistic water droplets. I used fabrico dye pens to add a drop shadow behind for even more dimension.
I think this is one of my favorite pieces. Wish my luck!

7 comments:

Edzellinni said...

Oooh, Patty, this is really beautiful! love the colors and the shapes. How big is it?

Laura said...

wonderful effect! looks quite feathery... I love it!

pcoxdesign said...

Thanks ladies!

Karen said...

beautiful! Such wonderful colors!

norma said...

Just scrumptious! Lovely colors and great quilting.

kathy said...

This is gorgeous Patty. Did you get in the show?

pcoxdesign said...

Thanks Karen, Norma and Kathy! I find out if I made it in by December 1st I believe. Crossing my fingers. This was really difficult to photograph. The colors are still not that well represented. Bummer