…but I’ll have a bash at some freehand stuff when the need arises. The need just did, when one of my favourite customers phoned to ask me for a blue bird in flight on the corner of a pillow case for her granddaughter. For tomorrow. Yikes. I don’t have a screen with the right kind of bird to use, so it had to be a quick work-around.
Print picture of bird. Cut out shape. Add bits of paper here and there where you don’t want the ink to go through, including the background, stick it all together with tape, have a practice run on a piece of waste fabric (actually, is there ever such a thing?) and give it a go! You get this:
Then you play around with some different shades of blue and a teeny weeny #1 paintbrush…
Okay, it’s true that this resembles no bird in the real world, but I think it’s fair to say that it most definitely is a bird, and it’s blue, and it’s on the wing.
Right, back to sewing. The October Made in the Cape artisan market opens again on Thursday, so I need to have everything ready by Wednesday night. I never learn, and I always panic…
It’s a lovely bird :)
The more I look at it, the more I think it looks like it’s just had a terrible fright :( But thanks for saying that !
Stop looking at it then ;)
We’re always most critical of our own work, but I think it’s just the jarring of what we imagined vs what we actually produce. Nobody else can see what we imagined, they just see a lovely finished object that has been lovingly handmade :)
Best comment ever! You are completely right, and I think that’s even worth printing out and sticking on the wall above my desk :)
You have favourite customers? That sounds good.
I certainly do! Especially the ones who come back for more…..
I disagree :-) I think there’s a strong resemblance to a swallow, a beautiful and hopeful bird. Nice work, that woman!
You are tact itself. It’s a lousy bird, as birds go, and if the customer pukes when she sees it, I’ll try another one!
I think you can safely assume a puke-free reaction!
If you half close both eyes and look at it from a 15 deg angle, yes. Thanks, though :)
Well done on the fly! :) I never learn and always panic too. I think it’s in our DNA somehow. Your customer should be very happy with that.
Yip, never learn. Those are my middle names. Jill Never Learns Goldberg.
I think it looks wonderful, especially for something that was requested at the (literal) last minute. I doubt that many of us would be able to do so well.
Jill: You are still one of my favorite artists and I love your blue bird. Hugs and Good Luck, Tamara
:) Thanks for stopping by xxx