cutting out houses
keeping the houses safely in order
waterhouses cutting started
and a detail after all the stitching on the whole piece
some of the issue with the busy print meant that my normal lines were too thin
especially for the houses further up the hill - they just blended in
Then my friend Jane Glennie visited for something and suggested a wash of dilute acrylic paint. okay...I have seen that done, but never having done that, I really didn't want to try it out here! But as we chatted, I thought. Crayons...white crayon!
So, I did a little test with grey and white and decided on white.
Then I stepped back and saw...a snow covered hillside.
Oh. Not quite what I wanted, but I will reserve that thought for a future snow covered hillside.
detail of a sample piece I had to send with the entry form
You can see another glimpse of the different in the close-up photos of the waterhouses above.
The issue was that working into the fabric with the white crayon, it was impossible to keep it from going onto the black. I did use the iron on the binding to melt the wax away, but that would be too big to work for the small lines. I decided to use my soldering iron to press into the lines
and so got the crisp black again. I had kept the actual houses the original colour.
Then I took the piece to show to a few friends. I rolled it up loosely.
When I brought it home I had another moment of panic! oh no! The white crayon is brushing off onto the backing (which is black).
This will never do, because it might rub off onto other people's work! Eventually I dallied long enough about this problem that I had no chance to get spray fixative like you would use for pastels. But I remembered that hairspray can be a substitute. After trialling it on a scrap, I went ahead and gave the piece a good dose of hairspray. And, after drying, covered it well when I was rolling it up to send....
and there we are! Ramshackle Villages