Thursday, May 23, 2013

Threadsketching, with little scraps

Thanks Karen for your nice tutorial and lots of 'need-to-know' and 'nice-to-know' advice.
I'd like to share an example of threadsketching I made a few months ago from a picture (typical dutch trees with cloudy weather by the way):


This was the original picture, I made during a sunday afternoon walk:
 

Just to get an idea, I looked at this picture through a filter in Photoshop to see the lines:

 
This drawing enlarged to 50x50 cm, and a few of the basic lines drawn onto a snowdyed piece of fabric:
 
 

Actually, I think I should have made some other choices in this stage. I love the emptiness and the role the fabric plays. But unfortunately I didn't realize that in time, AND I had to hide some dark lines (good lesson, never use a waterresistant marker...) so I made the grass with thread and scraps:


It still turned out as one of my favourite pieces. To finish it nicely, I sew a dark fabric strip around it and stretched the piece on a canvas:

12 comments:

  1. I agree with you. I also love the emptiness of the started piece - even if it is unfinished liked that. It stimulates my imagination and I start to think on many different ways, how the landscape could be...

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  2. Your rendition of the photo is very nice, and i love the way you finished it. I'd like a step-by-step lesson on your finishing technique. The way you have wrapped the canvas looks very professional.

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  3. Hello.

    It turned out so well, but I completely understand about the emptiness. I do like space in pictures, and often not until something is finished do I realise 'what could have been'. :)
    But that gives us inspiration for next time....

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  4. I LOVE this piece. I have a painting very reminiscent of this and it is as calming as your thread painting which was done expertly!! LOVE IT

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  5. It turned out beautifully. Thank you for the step by step photos. That was interesting to see the progression.

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  6. Nienke, this is a stunningly beautiful piece! I love the detail you were able to recreate with your thread work, and the fabric you chose really enhanced the piece, especially your river. Well done!

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  7. beautiful...I would also like to see more info on how you finished it. Everything looks so good together...

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  8. @marsha I will write a post on the finishing, thanks for asking!

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  9. I think the way you captured the reflections is more beautiful than the reflections in the actual photograph.

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  10. Nienke, this is just gorgeous. I love the feeling you've captured with the thread and fabric scraps.

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