For my latest piece I tried a new idea; incorporating acrylic painting into my embroidery. I wasn’t really sure it was going to work out until I actually started working on it. I’ve never painted on fabric before so I had no idea how the paint would go on. However, once I was working on it, I couldn’t believe I had waited this long to do this. I L O V E it.
Here’s a little bit of background on my art experience: I started drawing as a child (like most people), then eventually got into acrylic painting. My Dad is an acrylic painter, so basically I didn’t really know there even was other types of painting until I had the opportunity to learn about them in art class. Eventually I discovered that water colour painting was my favorite and dabbled in that for a while – but most of my artistic experience outside of needlework is in acrylic painting.
As much as I’ve struggled with painting in the past (it’s just not meant to be my main medium and focus), I have to say….wow did it feel good to pick up that paint brush again. It makes me realize that even though it’s not my main focus, that doesn’t mean I can’t still love it. Something about painting on fabric was just so satisfying. I guess maybe it was the thrill of using a skill I spent a lot of time working on in the past in a way that’s so relevant to my current work.
However, I didn’t use painting too extensively in this piece, it’s pretty minimal. Mostly because it was an experiment to see if this idea would even work, and also because I still wanted the embroidery to be the main focus. Also, I haven’t used my acrylics since the painting class I took about 3 years ago, so I had to work with the colours I still had on hand – I didn’t even have white. Needless to say it was a bit limiting for mixing colour. I am heading out to buy some new paints tomorrow.
This piece is framed in a 6 inch hoop and is for sale in my Etsy shop here – http://www.ceestitchery.etsy.com
This is what it’s all about. When you have one of those ideas that gets you so excited you can hardly keep your hands still. There will be more pieces incorporating painting into my embroidery to come. This is the start of a new love affair, I can feel it.