Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A bit of colour for July

I felt that July required some colour, so I took inspiration from Klimt's The Dancer (1916-18). Her robe is a wonderful mosaic of colours and forms, so I drew my impression of a section from her sleeve, and only added simple enhancements, mostly in pretty beads I bought recently.




Things were finally starting to look up, and there are positive possibilities on the horizon.

7 comments:

pam T said...

O! I do like this a lot!!! so simple yet not. very, very nice!

beadbabe49 said...

I like the bright colors and the design...hope it reflects your life...

Robin said...

How fun is this!!!! It must have been a wheeee to look through your beads and find ones that matched the colors in your drawing. And making the drawing... WOW... now THAT must have felt great!!!! What medium did you use and what is the background "fabric?" Now you've only got one to go to finish the year! Yay!

soe said...

What an amazing line of beadpages you put together. Truly a diary, impressive in it's clearness. Beautiful.

soe

Joanna L. said...

Thank you for the feedback. I always wonder when I do something less involved whether it looks like I'm just being lazy. I guess not... ;-)

As for the substrate, it is watercolour paper. It's not the easiest to use, but it holds marker well, and it doesn't flop around when you stitch.

I've used other stiff paper/card stock, ultrasuede and Lacy's Stiff Stuff in other pages. For stitching purposes I prefer Lacy's, but for a solid coloured background there is nothing like ultrasuede. Any paper product retains any hole pierced, so if you put the needle through, it had better be where you wanted it, because it will always be there. But if you want to draw with any kind of marker and have the brilliant colours remain, watercolour paper is best. It won't bleed unless you want to add water (or alcohol depending on the type of marker), and the structure of the paper clarity of line and drawn texture.

Diane Lithgow said...

I love the spontenaity of this piece. I love klimt's work but always thought i would have to be detailed to do it in beads. very inspiring.
diane

Plays with Needles said...

I enjoy your work very much and I am so glad that you feel better about the future. I can feel all of the spirit and positive energy in your current piece. Congratulations for escaping from the black hole!