Saturday, July 25, 2020

TextileArtist.orgStitch Club

Week 7 - Gregory T. Wilkins USA

"Ordinary to Extraordinary"
Gregory says " Too often people believe they need fancy tools or skills to make something special. Odds and ends can reap joy and contentment by pushing your boundaries and helping you explore creative methods."

We will learn that creativity transpires from embellishment and random mark-making. By taking risks, we will discover that happy surprises can bring great rewards.

In this challenge we were to make a painted piece of art with random things we have around the house, eg paper, fabric, string, thread paint, tape or permanent markers. Stitching by hand or machine, the final process.
 I put it off for several days as I wasn't sure where to start. I was once told by a crafts person, "just start by putting a favourite colour down". I used 100% cotton muslin.
 Mixed up watered down paints from a workshop several years ago and slapped it on the fabric.
 Next stage.
 Orange acrylic over a stencil, when dried taped over parts.
Yellow over another stencil.
"Do I or Don't I" add more.... is "less is more"!!
I posted on the group site, as with others, my progress and hesitation of adding more marks.
Gregory replied that he was impressed with my piece and agreed, no more.
Simple stitching to highlight shapes and marks.
Will most probably use the piece to cover a book or journal.


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one.

  2. This process looks very much like what our after school art students do. They work mostly with acrylic on canvas, sometimes pasting torn paper on too.

  3. It is interesting to see the progress each step of the way.

  4. How nice! Did you have the stencils on hand or did you make those too?