Wednesday, 23 July 2014

no decision yet

So this is where I left off. I liked to try the opposite: Instead of working with cream strips on orange background I decided to tear up the orange fabric and work on a cream fabric. And I tried to curve the strips.
torn strips
Torn strips

valley full of ditches with torn strips
The result: more depth, but less interesting texture wise.

This is the back of the new one. I like all the stitch lines and rubbed some inktense blocks over them. Quite cool! But just for fun :)
So now I am left with 2 pieces, neither of them completely satisfactory. But I still gravitate towards my first piece, although the 2nd has more depth. I might just go for it, frame it and get it over and done with :)

In the meantime I have been mulling over the next verse: 1Ch 3:16
And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.
I'll let you know my thoughts in the next post.

Friday, 11 July 2014


Ok, I tried....And it looks quite cool. But it doesn't portray a valley with water pools. Maybe...with a bit of imagination :) I think I am going to give it another try. By doing this I think (I might) have figured out how to bring in the depth. Risking another fail, but alas that's how I learn. If the second try fails I might give up though...

Feel free to give any tips on how to bring in the depth of the valley!

And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

random play

Some fun experiments. Ideas I will use in future work.
Tried sun printing

Painting with lemon juice and make it visible by ironing it.

Making stamps with a hot glue gun.


And adding more. 

Friday, 4 July 2014

valley progress

This process looks deceptively simple. But curving strips while trying to keep the space in between all even is not as simple as I thought. Look closely at the 3rd picture. If you start curving up, all the strips will be curving up. But I would like to start curving up and slowly move the curve down.
I came up with a solution by slightly tapering the strips and stretching the outer curves. It is kinda working....It's exciting, I so like to know if the end result will look anything like a valley!

I like experimenting and in doing so you have to be prepared things are not going to work out.
I keep reminding myself :)
cutting strips of bias binding

make them slightly tapered

So far so good

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Better pictures and a design start on 2 Kings 3:16

Blogging on my phone.... easy to upload photos.  Takes long to type and I wonder how it'll look on the computer screen.
A better picture. 

 The new verse! 2 Kings 3:16 And he said, thus saith the LORD, make this valley full of ditches.

Jehoram, king of Israel has teamed up with Jehoshaphat from Judah. And the king of Edom has joined them to attack Moab. But the land is very dry and the troops are running out of water. Jehoshaphat suggests asking Elisha the prophet . He tells them to dig in the dry land.  And God gave them enough water to survive and gave them victory over the enemies as well.

I am inspired by an Australian artist: Dianne Firth, she uses torn strips of fabric to create depth. I like to try this. And bought bias tape as that is easy to curve. It's going to be an experiment and I hope it's going to work! It's also going to be quite abstract.

Design for 2 Kings 3:16 And he said, thus saith the LORD, make this valley full of ditches. 
Colour scheme, desert, cream bias tape for the hills, and one of these blues. I think I am going to use my hand dyed aqua for the water.

One of Dianne Firths' pieces. See how she creates depth with lines.