Saturday, September 21, 2013

working with watercolors....

i watched this video on facebook this week and it inspired me to take out my watercolors once again. i love the look of a watercolor painting but have not practiced enough to get good at using this medium. this video gave me some good pointers and i did something i hope to transfer to cloth....not in color but in white.

click on the images for close ups.

watercolors and inktense pencils

i'm still having fun with my pleater that i showed you in my last post. i'm trying out different fabrics and will probably make a sampler of some kind.

a double layer of cheesecloth through the pleater. the selvedged edge makes a nice finished ruffle.

this is cotton lawn with some iron on transfers applied and run through the pleater.

i decided to smock some of this to open up the pleats. this is 'my kind of smocking' i don't really know how to smock correctly.

i'm close to finishing the top of my nine patched irregular pleated piece. i have to decide on how to edge it and what type backing to use.

15" x 15" irregularly pleated squares with french knots and embroidered bands...all on habotai silk cloth.

so it's been a busy, enjoyable, productive week here. we finally got some good rain yesterday and things are looking green again. the temperature has cooled down. it was actually in the 60s this morning and delightful. hope you all have a good weekend.

16 comments:

Nancy said...

Just iron on the transfer and manipulate it without sewing...Brilliant!! I'll go check out the video, as I am a watercolor fan! Great stuff Deanna.

Lucy said...

wow .... I love your pleated pieces - and that irregular 9-patch is wonderful (I just want to touch it).

Jeannie said...

Your pleated piece with the iron transfers looks like shibori and is beautiful. I love to play with watercolors. I don't have a clue as to what I am doing, but I love the way the paint moves in the water. Cooler temps have reached here as well. Hard to believe that a week ago it was 100 and this week I am thinking of long pants. Have a wonderful weekend.

karen said...

your experimentation is always fascinating and the pleated pieces are no exception....I love your painting too and can see stitch marks in there already...

margaret said...

good to see you are making things in the pleater and smocking too, I find it relazing to do but have to use the iron on dots as no pleater.The nine patch piece is amazing Look forward to seeing what you do with your painting.

Jane Galley said...

Love the watercolour, and can't wait to see how you interpret that into stitch. The pleated sampler looks so luxurious, have fun choosing the edgings and backings

blandina said...

The pleated piece with iron on transfers is a beauty. It looks almost as if it was indigo dyed!
Thanks for the video, I am a water colors fan as well.

Rachel said...

An interesting and productive week!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Great look, the piece with the transfer ironed and pleated....I saw a piece of micro check pleated and it had such a beautiful moire
taffeta look to it. Your piece gives that same feeling.
xo,
Deb

Anneliese said...

Hello Deanne, I like that watercolour photo, Optimistic colours. I am going to watch the video. And thanks for commenting on my hitchhiker scarf - which I also like very much, but hope not to have to use it still very long. Our weather is lovely just today, late summer feeling.

Anita said...

Pleated cheese cloth looks very delicate.I've never used a pleater so I'm looking forward to your experiments.I find them very inspiring to try different techniques.Love your watercolor painting.

handstories said...

You've reminded me (again) of how much I used to enjoy watercolor....maybe someday soon. such cool things you're making w/the pleating machine, it would be interesting to see one in real life, I can't quite imagine how it all works together. I am planning to dig out my wedding dress for you...

Deb G said...

It is always so fun to see where you go and what you are exploring!

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm back! Have been sick for over a week :( That pleating machine looks like fun. Did you get it recently? I used to smacked when my daughter was younger. Will go and watch the video now - Hugs Nat

neki desu said...

printing and pleating an interesting technique opportunity here!

Dianne said...

Your pleated 9 patch piece is very creative and the transfer one has turned out interestingly. I love playing with watercolours too.

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