My Venetian theme continues. This one began with a photo of reflections taken on a relatively sunny afternoon.
I was particularly interested in the reflections so I cropped and enlarged the lower portion of the photo in Elements. Then I stared at it, realised that there were interesting coloured margins to the blobs and that there were far more colours in it than I had at first thought. Next I tried various ideas for techniques in paper collage. Some of these have potential but not for a piece that is seven inches by ten. So I went back to my January decision to use only fabrics left over from other projects and sought out some that were in the main colours of yellow and brickish pink. I was in luck as I had another monoprinted piece of cotton in yellow and some brick coloured hand dyed fabric that I had stamped, using a stamp I made from a pencil eraser. I seem to remember that I was originally trying to represent markings on old boats with this piece. Given the quilt size is less than A4 I photocopied the fabrics and then made a full-size paper collage . The original design had some added bits to be appliqued on the bottom piece but once I had pieced it I decided it was too much. I am trying to follow the KISS (keep it simple stupid rule) this year as I am rather too fond of embellishments.
As you can see the final thing is quite simple and did not take long to make. My big achievement has been doing a very narrow binding, thanks to Mai-Britt Axelsen http://www.linen-and-silk.com who shared how she does it with the Contemporary Quilt Yahoo group. My 1/8th inch binding is so good that I think I should go back and redo the binding on my January quilt as the 1/4 inch one on that now looks very clumpy. And yes, the photo is slightly squiffy. I have realised that taking these photos with my compact camera means that parrallax stops the photo being square. I will go back to using the SLR next time but the battery was flat!
I am determined to do the April Journal Quilt by next Thursday so that I can take it to London for the Show and Tell at the Contemporary Quilt AGM. It will be more reflections. I have some more Venice photos taken in very different light and I have pulled out various fabric scraps that will probably work at this size. I just have to resist the temptation to do the gardening now that spring has finally arrived..