Tuesday, 26 April 2011

The Soul of the Rose

A beautiful title for this lovely painting by John William Waterhouse and one of my favourites by the artist. It perfectly describes the feelings it evokes when I admire it.

I have decided to work within the theme of roses on my experimental journey .....
I've been making lots of mess in my little studio......I'll show you a little bit of what I've been up too

 I wanted to spend more time exploring thread sketching. Some of you may have read my post here about my little play around after seeing it in issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.
So with my theme of roses in mind I had another little play around,
first some sketching.......


I used cartridge paper from a sketchbook
then I added some printed text paper to highlight


I then painted these with artist watercolours and free machine stitched, highlighting the shapes and lines.
 I used an embroidery foot, regular black sewing thread and dropped the feed dogs on my machine.
I forgot to photograph the roses before I stitched nor the stitching process, when I get excited about going on to the next stage I sometimes forget opps

 I also added some gold foil and coloured cellophane from Cadbury's roses chocolates
here are some close ups


textured paper


a leaf skeleton


embossed paper....


pink textured foil


purple cellophane sweet wrapper


I'm pleased with the results..............


here's a better view of the ochre one, I think the paint is a little thick on this, I might wet it and remove some..... see what emerges


 I like the shape and flow of this one....

picture is a bit blurry,

a closer view.

Its great fun to thread sketch .....have a go if you do I would love to see

8 comments:

Joy said...

Oh, these are so inspiring! I've been experimenting and putting together a little handmade book with (removable) watercolor paper in it. I could take the paper out, do my painting and stitching, and then, put the paper back in the book.

Boxoftrix said...

Thanks Joy, yes watercolour would be a wonderful base paper to use, I think the thicker the better to withstand the stitching. It very absorbant too and will take more layers of paint. I would love to see what you do with your little book pages.

Su said...

These are great, they are so free and you've captured the whole essence of the rose - I love them.

Blue Bee said...

Delightfull, lets get together................

Boxoftrix said...

Thank you Su and Theresa for your lovely comments glad you like them.
Theresa, yes a craft day is long overdue!

Jan said...

What a lovely bouquet you have created! Thanks for sharing your process.

Angela Bell said...

I love Waterhouse too.A lovely post!

Boxoftrix said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments

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