Time for another reveal with The Printed Fabric Bee. This time Gerrie Congdon chose "geometric forms" as our theme. She left the color palette up to the artist.
After scrolling through ideas and possible bits of inspiration on Pinterest, I settled on the idea of over lapping shapes. I printed this inspiration image and four shapes that I could cut out to make stencils.
Here you can see I've cut out the shapes and begun tracing them onto some yellow fabric.
You may also be able to see the registration dots that I measured out on the fabric before tracing the shapes. I wanted them to be aligned at regular intervals, so the dots provided a good guide.
This is the 12x12 inch piece that I've sent off to Gerrie. I wanted the shapes to fill up the space in a somewhat irregular pattern. Aligned, but filling different areas of the space.
Then I used watered down acrylic paint to fill in some of the spaces created by the shapes and the overlapping areas.
I wanted the paint to bleed over the shapes and into the other colors just like this! (I used this same idea for my Old World Maps theme.)
When I joined The Printed Fabric Bee, I decided I'd make notes each month about what worked and what didn't work with my process for each theme.
- Printing the shape on card stock, cutting it out and tracing it using the Pigma pen was simple and effective. Lots of potential for future uses.
- I really like the overlapping and the shapes created by the overlaps and adding paint to some of those areas... but not all.
- I also like the watered down paint and the bleeding combined with the black lines.
Less Than Successful:
- This color palette is pretty uninspired.
- A less random configuration of shapes might have been more interesting. (Something more like the inspiration image which you can see printed on the paper with the stencil shapes.)
- I might like the whole thing better without any color... just the outlines.