Sunday, March 27, 2011

challenge woe

or how to fuck up a perfectly good piece of textile art in one easy step....

the next challenge for the arts quilts around the world group is due t be posted on the group blog on thursday.

uncharacteristically i actually  finished my piece a week early. it was  i was happy with it - it fitted the theme of doing sometihing different perfectly and i had tried out a few new techniques - i used sheet music, scrap booking vellum, some paper i had painted a couple of years ago and painted fusible web on a black coton background. all fused together and then some minimal stitching. i sprayed the whole thing with watered down ink and let it mature for a bit.

and then i decided that as some of the components were paper and vellum and already peeling at the edges, that i should seal the piece.  this was a huge mistake. the ink ran. and ran. and ran. instead of layers of colour the whole thing was now black. even kind dog admitted that the piece was only good now as a background.

so i thought of a few options to salvage the wreckage and nearly, nearly left it at that.

but somehow my malign anti-creative demon niggled away at me - perhaps it could be improved by dragging a sea sponge with black gesso across it? so i did. and i made it much much worse. at least before the gessoing you could see some variation in colour underneath the ink smears.

so then i threw caution to the winds and just ran the whole thing under the kitchen tap. and now it's blue.... hopefully when it dries it won't be a uniform blue but still....
the real challenge will be to be able to post something laster this week that is not a complete disaster - wish me luck.

5 comments:

Kit Lang said...

oh dear....!

magsramsay said...

I really feel for you as I've been there, painting badly with acrylics over a really nicely stitched piece with deadline looming. I couldn't use it then but managed to salvage it at a later date when I was less angry with myself by cutting it up and combining it with other less mutilated stuff. They do say you learn from your mistakes but it's a tough lesson. Best of luck.

The Happy Apple said...

Oh dear I hope it sorts itself out. If it's of any help at all, even if it's only a smidgeon,I frequently make similar mistakes. I panic thinking all is lost and I've gone to far. Not true. Generally I haven't gone far enough. It's part of the journey. It's exciting to think where your next steps will lead you. You will end up with something you love and this is just part of the process, a stage to work through. They say less is more, try saying more is less for a while.

Sue said...

wonder if this is a case for gilding wax or similar, plus some beads and crusty stitching? It's one way to go, anyhoo (xxx)

Chris Daly said...

I'm glad I saw your completed piece before reading this post. I'm sorry you had trouble with the ink. How very frustrating!