Fusing & Painting the Landscape

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Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

Welcome back to the landscape quilt along.

This week I more or less finished fusing the pieces onto my background.  I gave it a light pressing.  The nice thing about Misty Fuse is that if I change my mind about any piece, I can still peel it up and replace it with something else.  Then I can re-press everything down for a more permanent bond.

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There is a lot of painting to be done on this quilt.  I need to put in shadows and highlights and other details. I usually do my painting with Pro Fab Textile paints, but this time I thought I would try drawing in the branches and shadows with my new Derwent Paintsticks.

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I am just using them without any  fabric medium for now to rough in the branches.  You can shave off bits of color with an Exacto blade and mix those in with your fabric medium to create a paint.  But I also like using them like a pastel stick.  I’m pretty sure I will be using a lot of stitching to enhance those branches too.  I may add some more 3-D branches at the bottom of the tree.  Once I get those in, I can figure out how I’m going to do the wisteria flowers…

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This is where the painting in “textile painting” comes in!  There is still much to do, but I will be posting updates on further painting as I add to it.  This week the heat has overcome Huey, and he could really care less, as you can see.

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In other news, I’m sad to say that Marilyn, the owner of Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh, has passed.  She gave me my first shot at teaching my art quilting classes in her store, and was always kind to everyone.  We used to talk about our knitting projects too, since we both loved to knit too.  She was always encouraging and upbeat, and she will be greatly missed!  Please join me in sending prayers and thoughts to her family and staff.13506989_1384768154883296_1520331579730401433_n

 

 


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Susan and I on set

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About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

Landscape Quilt-Along

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If you recall, I am doing a landscape art quilt along.  For those of you who have always wanted to make a landscape quilt, this is a great chance to see how I do it, and to try it yourself. This method is not new or proprietary, and I learned many of the steps from other teachers through the years.  But I think it helps to go slowly step by step through the whole process.  If this is your first time, you should pick a much simpler subject and photo to work from.

Ok so here’s the one I chose, and it is very complex- so complex that I am not cutting up the freezer paper pattern and using the pieces as templates, like I usually do.  Also, I’m too lazy to trace the whole thing so I have another pattern to work from.

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If I’ve already lost you, go back and read the previous blog posts about the quilt along.

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So instead of cutting up the freezer paper pattern, I opted to use my light box and trace the pattern onto the fabric itself.  Also, I can trace any future painting lines at the same time- like the branches of the vines.  I use a light pencil line on light fabrics and a white Bohin pencil on dark fabrics like this one.  I used a piece of hand dyed blackish fabric I made last summer.  This is what it looks like after tracing with the light box turned off.

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The next step is to place my marked fabric piece on top of my teflon sheets and put Misty Fuse on the back.

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Esterita Austin taught me this great tip: after fusing you often have leftover bits of fusible on your sheet, which WILL get onto any future fabric.  Use a plastic kitchen scrubby to scrape it off.  Here I have used black Misty Fuse.

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And I have placed and pinned those black strips where they belong on the background fabric.  There is some more foliage and one of the columns done too.

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Moving along, I have added the dark beams, and some more sky.

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Always willing to lend a paw, my studio assistant, Huey, is always at the ready.

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I decided to fuse a large piece of limey green to put behind the beams.  Much of this will be painted or covered with wisteria flowers so, it won’t stay this bright.  Still, I like the strong value contrast so far.  The lighter pillars and beams are made with a really yucky hand dye I made, which really looks like mossy stone.  After several hours of cutting, marking, fusing and pinning, it’s beginning to look like something.

If you would like to try your hand at this process, try picking a flower or plant, a very simple beach scape, or a simple cityscape. It’s fun and a great stress buster!  Be sure to ask me any questions as they come up, ok?

 


Would you like to work with me one on one?

Look into my 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

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Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

NC Quilt Symposium Recap

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NC Quilt Symposium Recap

Since I was at the  North Carolina Quilt Symposium last weekend, which happens once a year, and is kind of a big deal around here, I thought I would do a little recap.  I have taken classes over the years, and most recently I set up a booth to share my work and talk to other art quilters.  This year was lots of fun, and I enjoyed talking with many of you who attended!

In case you couldn’t make it, I have a picture of my booth and my BERNINA 770 QE.  I hauled that beauty to demo and show off its magical powers to one and all.  I finally got my Painted Morning glory class sample quilted in the process!  This piece has literally been waiting for quilting for years…

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And here’s what my booth looked like:

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Since I was manning my booth by myself, I didn’t get photos of the other quilts, but I would like to brag on one of my Private Art Quilting Mastery students who entered a new piece in the show.  I coached her on developing her idea, working on the design and balance of it.  But mostly it was all her work, and experimentation.  She chose the fabrics and did the quilting herself.  I love it’s whimsy and color play, don’t you?  It perfectly expresses her personality.  Well done, Robin!!

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If you are curious about working with me privately, just shoot me an email and we can set up a time to talk about it.  During our time together, I will help you realize your vision for your art quilts by tailoring the sessions to you individually.  My clients often tell me that they learn to use the elements of design to create and critique their own work, resulting in a surge of confidence and know how.  You don’t have to live in Raleigh, because we can do the coaching sessions via video chat magically.  Just like Robin is doing!

I look forward to talking with you!

 

 


 

New 6 month Private Coaching Masterclass!

 I have extended my private coaching program, from 3 months to 6 months.  I believe the transformation my students are looking for must take place over a longer period of time to have a lasting impact.

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 17+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top.


 

QUILTING ARTS TV

Don’t forget to get yours:  Quilting Arts TV has the new 1500 Series available for download-  YES this is the one I am in (squee!!) Click HERE to get yours.

 

Susan and I on set

My Pinterest: You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.

About RoxaneRoxane-Web-Images-007

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist, teacher, and author, with two girls, who are both growing up too fast!  She recently appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has taught at the Houston quilt show.  She is also a BERNINA ambassador. Her work is in several private collections and she loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com.

Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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