Took a break from the dress and my focus has turned to other things in the meantime.
Finally painted the canvas. Cut out some circles and half circles from cardboard then attached them with tape.
Then painted over all the open space using various amounts of black, yellow and blue paint.
Then removed the circles and added various amounts of red, yellow and the tiniest amount of white. Used only acrylic paint so after two hours, got impatient and removed all the blue tape. It looks nice but feel it needs something else but unsure what. Something between the four middle half circles.
There was leftover red and yellow paint mixture so just put it on a blank canvas panel. Not sure if it’s obvious that some of the paint is a slightly different shade. It’s intentionally in different directions. Also didn’t care that it was progressively thicker when more paint was mixed in.
I used my Michaels giftcard from my sister-in-law’s Christmas present to me and bought stretcher bars, ribbon, glitter and a bit of red felt. Want to make a fascinator and/or possibly a hat from the felt. Waiting on the glitter to finally crack open the resin and make cuff bracelets. The ribbon is for the dress neckline.
One of the stretcher bars, I plan on using the canvas that sat in the flower dye. My embroidery skills are subpar but something will result. For comparison, the dyed canvas is a few shades darker than the original canvas colour.
Have finally started going through the piles of unfinished sewing projects hanging in my closet and finally made a shirt from the kimono that was bought for about ten bucks. Sewn down the open front asymmetrically. Neckline is a bit wonky, after putting bias tape, but a thorough ironing should fix it. It’s cropped but feels good and hits right below my belly button.
It’s surprising I’ve not done any knitting or crochet, but it happens every so often. Also, I’ve been wanting to experiment with black gesso lately so will eventually cave and buy some at some point.
So, I’ve been having issues keeping up with weekly posts because there are so many things that need to be done that don’t involve staring at a white screen. I’m sorry about that but lately, I’ve not been okay and distracting myself.
The big canvas is waiting, after four layers of gesso applied, but I’m unsure where to start. It’s hanging on the wall on thumbtacks waiting to be painted, because there is no other space to keep it. Areas are taped off but haven’t gone further than that.
In the meantime, I’m experimenting with paint and just doing awful small scale work and nothing’s really working. Even though if you really like colours and try to mash them together, there is no guarantee the end product will be good.
These two for example.
I love the green one, when it was just green, but the yellow brown on it makes it look horrible. Maybe if I stick gold glitter all over the poop yellow it might be better but the more I look at it, the more it’s horrible.
The one that started off promising is just as bad. I keep adding on to it in hopes it would look better, but gets worse. The blue lines are tape and have been removed but it’s just poo. How does one destroy canvasboard?
The black bit in the yarnbowl has grown a few more rows, but still looks the same.
That’s what’s mostly been done these past two(ish) weeks.
Started again on the orange vest or cardigan. If there is leftover yarn, I’m going to knit a hat for Dylan.
These past three weeks have been extremely unproductive. Especially last week, for personal reasons.
I’ve started another crochet shawl, and have started and frogged twice. Erratic crafting leads to questioning your decision making.
It looks okay now so will continue with this.
I picked up the oddly cabled colourful cardigan again, and knitting the shoulders before binding them off. I still have sleeves to knit, then the bit for the buttons and not buttons. Used a small needle, because those needles are being used for something else. I’ve decided the rest of the year will be spent finishing up as many projects as possible. There’s too many, and really need to stop starting too many to handle.
Finally applied the last layer of gesso, using a brush. I applied three layers of gesso with a roller and it didn’t full cover it, as patches of the canvas peeked through.
It took longer to open the container, than apply the fourth layer. The hairdryer trick worked except it happened after watching the episode of SNL with Chance the Rapper and alternating between the hairdryer and an X-acto knife. The episode was over for two minutes before I was able to open it successfully. And after using it, I closed the container without wiping off the excess on the lid, so will have to do it again, when I next need to apply gesso.
Finally put the small weavings in a frame. The white background was glaring, so washed a layer of pale grey on the white.
I didn’t do much, if anything at all, over the past week. This post is embarrassing.
My first ever attempt at stretching canvas.
It’s loose in areas, even after the third attempt. It’s not bad but it could be way better. It also didn’t help that the canvas has wrinkles that couldn’t be fully ironed out, after sitting in the bag it came in. If it came in rolls, it would probably be easier to tighten onto the bars.
Also, I bought something.
I’m reading up about resin yellowing and don’t care much about that, because it’s just experiments and getting familiar with what to do at this point. Plus, it gives me an excuse to use up glitter. After watching a lot of YouTube videos, I am getting more comfortable about what to do.
The dress and lining needs to be hemmed but it’s almost finished. Slightly adjusted the front pocket because one corner was not attached. I’m tempted to add a crochet collar, along with crochet edging along the bottom of the main skirt. Need to buy some black crochet thread, though.
The grey (but reads as blue) and orange painting experiment, in order to see if I liked the colours turned out to be ugly, but the colours mesh well. It doesn’t work because I should have left some space peach-coloured.
Didn’t accomplish much this past week, but this is a couple clues to what is in the planning stages.
I made use of the Michaels’ gift-card that one of my sister-in-laws bought me for Christmas. Bought a couple pairs of 48″/122cm stretcher bars and a bit of canvas. The feather isn’t part of it but will be part of a future project.
Everything arrived yesterday, where one pair of bars arrived then five hours later, the rest arrived. The second box of stretchers was taller than me, and before I disassembled the box and put it in the recycling bin, I was taking selfies with the empty box.
I know I need to put on a cross brace, because of the size of the bars, and am probably going to have to build one.
I finally put the two studies in a frame (used a cheap 20×28, so the white space all around is obvious and I can focus on them) and currently examining how to mesh them together. This was the first drawing I made and it’s a total mess and will probably either become more complicated or much more simplier. The cool colours will be shades of orange and/or red and the warms are blue and/or greens, and will soften into each other.
The two studies are finished.
The original intention was what can I make with three materials. I ended up using five. Both are first layered with Crayola watercolours. On the left was just one colour, which was a bluish-green and the left was two mixed together. I wasn’t paying attention and the red-orange and orange-red look interchangeable.
After they dried, I taped up the canvas boards in random order and it just turned out the cool side was squares and the warm side was triangular and circles. Some of the circles didn’t stick on and popped off when I was applying the colours with oil pastels. Smoothing them out with my finger didn’t make them completely flat, but neither did applying poppy oil either. They dried for about a week, taking longer because I left the tape on for an extra day, I had let them sit with thumbtacks so I could lean one against the other.
Before poking holes, I sprayed them with fixative spray and let them sit for half an hour. By the way, if you’re indoors, make sure you have the windows fully open and the fan on full blast, I might have gotten a headache for about ten minutes because the smell was gnarly. Left the room after a couple minutes, but that was enough.
Thumbtacks don’t produce big enough holes but luckily, I made use of a bookbinding awl and poked big enough holes to thread an embroidery needle through and attached the embroidery thread through. I like the openness of cool side, and wish I made the warm side more even.
Now I want to analyse both and take elements from both and incorporate them into a larger scale. I finally used the Michaels giftcard and bought a 70″x72″ (178cm by 183cm) canvas fold and a couple sets of 48″ (122cm) stretcher bars. Still need to get the cross brace for the back and some gesso, then go to town on that painting. I’m going to layer a thin wash of acrylic paint, then oil paint, then use laceweight yarn on the canvas. I wonder if I could attach crocheted chains but we’ll see.
Currently looking to frame the studies together but 16’x24″ (41cm by 61cm) frames is an unusual size. Want the middles to touch but not precious about the other sides.
The weaving is finished and it’s uneven on the right side, because when I tied off the ends, I did it a bit tightly.
A couple of the fringe bits are not even and it just needs a trim but it looks like this. This is what the weaving looks like if you keep turning it around but this looks much better than anything else I’ve done.
Most of my time has been spent doing this has been otherwise taken up with this.
I don’t remember the blue but the green one is from Knitpicks.
This has been sitting in the closet and am finally sucking it up and unwinding it all. It’s not going to be in one piece, obviously, but it will be usable at some point. Wish I didn’t get it in this condition in the first place but laceweight yarn is such a pain in the arse with a mind of its own.