Thursday, 12 December 2013

..time consumed.....

I have been a very, VERY bad blogger lately...

...and I'm REALLY sorry....

...but after coming back from Harrogate...

...sorting out all the "stuff" that had piled-up in the living room....

....and getting my head into gear for the next push....

...the time-consuming fairy has been around BIG TIME!!

Mostly because what I'm doing now is very time-consuming indeed....

...and also felt very strange when I started.

Usually, the holiday/travel sketchbook gets prepared before I go...

...and then filled up "on location".

However, because circumstances dictate, I've had to do the "on location" bit here at home...

...seeing as I need the book done to inspire folk in my classes when I'm there!

Thank the Rusty Plank for the internet ....

...and kind friends with photos I could use to work from!

So, as you know from here I had sprayed and splattered my pages with Brusho powders and sprays...

...slopped on some gesso....

...and then sprayed some more, making delicious now-non-blank pages to work into.

I spent AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaGES mooching through photos looking for suitable ones that I could use both on paper and then on fabric afterwards.

I found plenty!......probably enough for more than one sketchbook actually...

...and made a start...



Man! Have I LOVED doing this!!!!!

It's like.....I'm there already...before I go....and there for ages....instead of a few hours!

I could NEVER get this amount of detail down on pages on location, without losing time really looking at lots more.

I've totally immersed myself in the art and gathered as much info as I can, and then spent many wonderful hours at my desk with glass dip pen and Brusho paints. Pure enjoyment - and lots of it!

OK....gush over now.....

After sorting out how I wanted the pages to look, I then had to get the same effect on fabric....

....so, after applying some surface treatment to Empress calico ...

...I used Brusho sprays to get the "sketchbook page look" to stitch onto.

Thank the Rusty Plank for Pfaff machines too...

...don't know how I EVER managed without that "needle-down" facility, especially for doing this kind of tight stitching.

It took hours, but I love the result.




I'm in creative heaven...........:-)))))

(Hope you are too)


x C

8 comments:

Penny said...

Oh so wonderful to hear you 'gush'!! That's what makes it all worth it, don't you think? What a beautiful piece of art you've made, your students will be awed!

ViDerTextil said...

When you don't blog, I know some interesting projects are on going and we all know we'll be seeing them as soon as it's ready -
so no, you're not a bad blogger ... just a very busy lady :-)

pipsqueek13 said...

Absolutely beautiful. I do miss our Fridays.

Charlton Stitcher said...

Your enthusiasm is most infectious - and the work looks such fun and well worth waiting for.

suziqu's thread works said...

Your work is so beautifully intricate and colourful Chris!
x Suzy

Chris Gray said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments....pages progress :-)

(Come along this friday if you like - about 10am)

x C

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underatopazsky said...

It's wonderful to hear you so excited about all your creative doings and scrolling through, your latest work is indeed magical! I really wish I could have made Harrogate this year to see it in person. And a book too! So exciting!