"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Tuesday 16 June 2009


My original point of inspiration

I worked through some of the colour and composition exercises in Sandra Meech's book "Contemporary Quilts, Design, Surface and Stitch"

Pages from sketchbook

I focused in on a narrow portion from the postcard and cut it into a thin strip. Then I looked at the colours and amounts of colour in the strip and I painted the stripes on water colour card

The colours I will use:

Colours left in my palette

Copying the colours in the painted strip above I made a yarn wrapping. Wrapping yarns round a strip of card helps to see colours, proportions and also helps to focus on textures. I made a similar colour strip using torn magazine pages

Yarn wrap detail

This exercise was looking more at composition and arrangement of colours - I used more torn magazine strips and wove them into this pattern


Sharne Gregory said...

Wow!!! Those colours really zing!!!! Cant wait to see what you do next.

Julie said...

Really interesting to follow your process, Carolyn. The colours are lovely and bright. I have launched myself straight into a project today when I know full well I should have followed your good example and gone through these steps first!


Hi Julie, I had to show the design process for college and filled a sketchbook with samples. I actually really enjoy the process because working on the samples I always think of new things to try as I go along. One thing inspires another ...

Doreen G said...

I have this book and have done this process before but I really should do it more often.
You have chosen a great card with fantastic colours to interpret.

Penny Stevenson said...

I follow this design process too and really enjoy it. Its a great book isn't it. I really love the colours you have used and I love to follow your blog.