|I always wanted to try watercolors.|
I might not use them regularly. I really prefer working straight from my camera to stitch. But I thought I'd give it a go after viewing this. It's my other present to myself: an instructional DVD by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn. I just stumbled across their work recently. I like how they incorporate hand stitching. You know I love hand stitching!
|"In Action" fibre art techniques dvd|
They swear by sketchbooks. I have one book where I sketch out little ideas that I use so I don't forget them, but I'm still not sure if I would snap photos, then paint it, and then stitch it. Their paintings look like art. Oh well. I've never had a mentor or teacher so I thought it wouldn't hurt to check this out. One thing it DID make me want is an embellisher - not just for felting, but to blend landscape fibres. I may have one lined up! I'm crossing my fingers. There seems to be a number of people who've bought them and never used them.
Have any of you bought one or tried one? It's the Janome machine with 5 barbed needles. Typically I stitch all the loose fibres down with free motion or grass stitches, but this seems very useful if you don't want stitch lines at all. I may use it in skies or backgrounds. There's just something about fibre skies that I haven't perfected for myself. I try to chose the best medium for the subject, and so far it feels best to paint sky onto cloth. I would love to hear your feedback.
Have a good day.