I wanted to make the piece kind of big, but didn't want to get to the end and ruin it with the paint. So, I decided to do some test pieces first.
For the first piece, I just sewed together some scraps of my hand dyed fabrics. I fused on my shapes and machine stitched them down. I did my free motion quilting and then painted over the whole piece with white acrylic paint. I wanted a "halo" effect around the shapes. So I didn't paint near the edges of the shapes.
Here is the first test piece.
Personal Logograph #1
hand dyed and commercial fabric,
machine stitched, paint
9-1/4 x 9-1/4"
©2012 Lisa Flowers Ross
You might be wondering what a logograph is. A logograph (or logogram) is a letter, symbol, or sign used to represent a word or phrase. I made up my own symbol that represents a particular word to me. What word does it bring to mind when you look at it?
What I learned from this first test was that I didn't like how the paint accumulated on the edge of the seams and seemed to emphasize them. I also wanted the "halo" to stand out more. I liked the "halo" effect around the stitching lines, which is what I was going for as well.
Tomorrow, I will show you the second test piece.