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Pineapple 2- Mixed Media – Completed

5-26-2011;©Mary Ritter -all rights reserved; Batiks, Threads, Hand/Machine Embroidery, Hand/ Machine Quilting

The completed concept of a pineapple that started with a sketch and developed into a water color piece is now a completed mixed media art work.  Before beginning the mixed media piece, I read an article about the fusing and handwork methods used by Laura Wasilowski of the “Chicago School of Fusing” in Quilting Arts Magazine (2010 December/2011January).  Having always wanted to try fusing, I decided to give it a try.  I especially liked how she fused the fabric first and then cut out the pieces.  She also has developed a way to transfer a pattern to fabric by using the release paper from the fusing.  It works wonderfully!  After being inspired by the article, I enthusiastically visited her web site and found a plethora of advice that ensures success.  She has videos and still photos that teach how to embroider and how to bind the quilt using fusing in a variety of ways.  She is truly an inspiration!

I used batik and other cotton fabrics; a variety of threads- variegated, quilting and embroidery; some small beads added to bring light to the pineapple surface; seta color paints to stencil the countertop; hand and machine embroidery; and hand and machine quilting.  I enjoy it all, so it is fun to put it all together into one piece.

And so now, it is on to a new project.

© 2010  All images and text are copyright of Mary A. Ritter (aka ‘M Unique) and may not be reproduced without express permission

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Pineapple 2 – from drawing to wall hanging

I am about to add the detail and definition to my wall hanging using machine and hand stitches.  I feel it still needs something more, and may add a plate around the base of the pineapple.  I think the fuchia/purple color in the background gives it a 3 dimensional quality, but am eager to get constructive direction from all you artists out there.  I have made a pattern for this pineapple and plan to try making with on fabric with paint stiks also. However, I’d like to get back to a more folk art style, so I may draw a new more stylized pineapple and see where I can go with that.  I used many suggestions from Laura Waslowski’s web site on fusing.  I think I will also use her tutorial on facing for the edges once I have added a border or two.
I’m always grateful for helpful comments…. that’s what I love about this Sketchbook Challenge approach.

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Pineapples…

I am in the middle of a Pineapple Series…. first I zentangled one; then I tried using colored pencils, but my color plan was not good.  I will need to do that one again.  Now I have drawn and water colored a realistic pineapple, and I am in the process of rendering it in a small fabric wall hanging.  When I get that done, I will post it all.  Hope you all had very nice Easter holidays, if that is what you celebrate.  Otherwise, happy spring to all!
I’ve moved on to a realistic pineapple drawn from looking at photos. Perhaps I am mixing two different styles, folk and realistic. Thinking on whether my background should have more realism – a window perhaps.
© 2010  All images and text are copyright of Mary A. Ritter (aka ‘M Unique) and may not be reproduced without express permission