Monday, August 29, 2011

Colour Theory


I'm back with another journal cover to share.  I seem to be fixated on these, and the eucalypt at the moment, but for me they are something I see every day, and I never get tired of the inspiration they provide.  Our Sumptuous Surfaces online class is dealing with colour theory at the moment, and despite never having done much of this, I find it fascinating, and can now understand why I know some colours just look good together............LOL........  

I used this part of the class to quickly stitch up a gum leaf sprig using a few different layers, not much stitching, but different 'fabrics' for my leaves, and some dimensional stitching for the flowers.  The gum leaves are Hanah overdyed bias silk ribbon, fused together with Mistyfuse, cut into shapes, and then fused to the background.  This product allows pieces to be adhered to a background, yet everything stays soft enough to stitch through easily.  I've used bronze sequin waste to give the impression of 'chewed' leaves.  

The actual cover itself has been made using Abaca Tissue.  It is often sold under the name of Tissuetex, dyed ready for your use.  I purchased some from http://www.thethreadstudio.com/catalogue/catfront.htm  Abaca tissue is extremely strong, despite feeling a lot like paper.  It can be painted, stitched, crumpled, you name it.  I didn't purchase this colour especially for the project, but had it on hand.  I crumpled it several times before fusing it to some beige wool felt [again with Mistyfuse].  I did make crinkles in it before I actually used the iron to set the fusible webbing.  Prior to stitching on the postcard sized embroidery, I fused the wool felt/abaca fabric onto pelmet vilene.  It makes for a much firmer fabric all round [do you get the idea that I like fusible products.........LOL].  The postcard was attached using satin stitch in a green multi metallic thread.  The lining fabric was one of my red/grey hand dyes, not the best match, but not the worst either [you can just see a little of it set into the side of the postcard].

After all the stitching was completed, I gently rubbed some Rose Gold 'Treasure Gold' into the surface of the Abaca, which gives it a rosy glow.  It looks and feels a little like leather.  


This was just a very quick way to produce another cover, using colour combinations I like.  I need to make another small project now with much more 'stitching' on it, and haven't quite decided on a theme or if it will be used as a postcard, or as a decorative addition to something else.  We have one more class lesson on Wednesday, and that will be it.  

Thank you all for taking such a keen interest in what this is all about.

13 comments:

N. Maria said...

What a beautiful journal cover....
If all journals looked that lovely, I'd be writing in one.
One more lesson......it's nice when you've completed a class but then sad when the lessons are over.

Anonymous said...

That's beautiful Linda. Even though it's two colours that I possibly wouldn't have thought of using together it works so well. Laurel

Jenny said...

Such a gorgeous book cover. I love the burgundy & the green together (opposites do attract) & the texture of the sequin waste is fabulous. Lovely work as usual.

Jensters said...

What a stunning book cover Linda and the colours do work so well together.....Now i want to make a new mobile phone cover and i do have so Abaca Tissue just white tho....what do you think?! x

DIAN said...

Linda this is gorgeous - I can look at eucalyptus leaves all day, in fact I am surrounded by huge trees here and they offer so much inspiration.

Love the idea of the sequin waste and the ribbon & mistyfuse works well. I am never without supplies of fusible webbing and vilene.

I haven't used the abaca tissue but it looks fantastic. Imagine there is something I don't have on hand. I will order some I think.


The colours are delicious.

Radka said...

It is beautiful, Linda, I love it!It is so good of you to take the time to describe the whole process, your class sounds really interesting.
I have not heard of abaca tissue before, but Dian is right, it sounds like something a girl should have :)

Frances Leate said...

I am glad Linda you have been having so much fun with your colour class and the Journal cover is stunning. Take care.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful, as all your work is. It is also interesting to hear how you have compiled it. It sounds as if you have enjoyed the class. Always nice to learn something new and experiment. Anne

Anonymous said...

You do so many wonderful projects and I love your latest journal cover. Katherine

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda. It's been quite some time since I have made a comment on your Blog but I have been following. Your latest journal cover is wonderful. I love how your choice of colours works so well together and your embroidery is very pretty. Well done!You may now go to the head of your class.

Cheers from Canada
hugs, Linda A

Dianne said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Who would have thought about using the sequin waste for the chewed leaves? Linda, of course. A wonderful idea which works beautifully. I have not hear of abaca tissue before, but will look out for it. Thanks for telling us how you did it. Di.

jen said...

Very interesting post.I can't believe the work you put into your journal covers ,just beautiful.I do agree about the eucalypt gum leaves. We are travelling and following the Murray River at this time and I am in awe of the huge River Red Gums I see.

Karyn said...

Linda, I love this journal cover. You have been so imaginative in the textiles you hav chosen to use for it. I think it has turned out fabulously well. It makes me feel the need to get stuck into some embroidery.