Riverside Trees…..

Having damaged my toe on Friday I’ve had the perfect excuse to shut myself away in my workroom and start on a new project.  I wanted to create an art quilt based on trees and reflections so last week, while out walking my dog, I took a series of photographs along the riverbank.  The aim is to make a 30 x 40 cm quilt as a prototype for a larger version as part of the David Hockney Challenge.  The thought of doing one 30″ x 40″ straight off was a bit too daunting!  The finished design isn’t intended to look like a Hockney but the influence is still there i.e. trees and reflections in water.

Trees on riverbank

I particularly liked this image but decided to simplify the layout for my quilt and position the riverbank “straight on”.

Yesterday I painted a wash of colour on my background fabric, layered it with organza and netting and machine quilted it to create the sky.  I’m not sure if I did the right thing by making it this colourful….I wanted a bit of drama behind the trees but might have gone a bit too strong with the blues!  We’ll see when the trees get added.

For the riverbank I remembered I had an old scarf which was the ideal colour so this was cut up and distressed using a heat gun before being sewn in place.

The background is ready for the trees to be added.

The background is ready for the trees to be added.

I figured an easy way to create the trees would be to draw them onto iron-on Vilene and cut them out using a craft knife.  With the branches criss crossing it enabled me to cut it as one piece rather than fiddling about with several individual trees.  I like using Vilene as it gives a crisp edge, it accepts paint really well and using the iron-on type means there’s no need for Bondaweb or spray adhesive.

The trees cut from Vilene.

The trees cut from Vilene.

The trees are now in the process of being painted and I will post an update as and when they are ironed in place.

Starting work on painting the trees

Starting work on painting the trees