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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Monday, November 4, 2013

feathering my nest ~

hello!

really ~ it's as simple as this:

~ start with a beautiful luminous hand-dyed fabric {by chris daly of dyecandy.etsy.com}

~ play with drawing a feather

~ make a plan to add delicious neon thread color {i got mine in the set of twelve, partytime pack!} of magnifico threads from superiorthreads.com

~ go for a little hand painting with acrylic inks

~ have fun!

yup ~ those are some bright, bold, big colors of threads!
i painted with fw acrylic inks {available at dickblick.com} and had a party {for one!} mixing and playing with combos of pearlescent and matte colors.

i used neon thread colors {magnifico by superior threads} in orange, lime green and turquoise for the feather shapes.  i kept with magnifico thread for the rest of the traditional feather quilting and outside surrounding motifs.


happy happy colors!
the size is 14" x 23."  it's new!  here in the etsy shop:
the top feather?  more subtle,  and oh how i loved those color-ways, too.  it's for sure sparkin' more ideas for feathering my nest!

wow ~ that was delightfully colorful ~ and just what i needed to do!  

it took me a good three hours just to paint it {maybe it was more?!}  i had so much fun playing, mixing and contemplating paint colors that the time flew by!

as i went through the process, i found it was easier to stitch first, then paint later.  i actually enjoy painting first ~ but i find it constricting to the creative process of quilting, as i like to 'quilt with the flow' as i'm stitching along... and stitching around previous painted shapes can be distracting to me.  so i chose to paint afterwards.  however ~ i also find that i have to be very exact as i'm picky about the paint being 'sloppy-looking' {which i do not like}... so that is how i see it!  

the "moral of the story" ~ pick one, and do the other! 

just be sure you do it with JOY! {amen!}
superior threads giveaway coming up soon...
{you don't want to miss the party!}
xo
les




13 comments:

Bec Clarke said...

I don't have enough words to say how gorgeous that is, how clever.

Quilt Rat said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Absolutely beautiful!

Teresa in Music City said...

Well, I certainly en"Joy"ed watching you create this bright and energetic piece - wow!!!! We should all have such lovely feathers for our nests :)

patchouli moon studio said...

Such luscious colors!!! I love bright colors. Beautiful painting and quilting!

elle said...

These are the joyfullest feathers I have ever seen in a nest! wonderful and yes, I can see that painting later might be better.

Robbie said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! I too love to paint after I've quilted...it's so relaxing!!! But I've never used the bold colors you have!!! But I will!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jane Wetzel said...

wow, great colors- love the ideas here :)

HollyM said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! I love those colors. I must check out the threads.

Vicki W said...

That's lovely!

Jean said...

So beautiful!

Gill said...

Wow Leslie
This is stunning!

Lynn said...

Wow, the paint and thread really are wonderful together in this piece!

Patti said...

Wow, this is really lovely!

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