Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A private class/project begins

Well this should be great fun! A delightful lady named Dale Vital called last July to book September time for a private class for her first ever painted quilt. The subject, a beloved German Shepherd. We had one original photo possible for use. It was a little dark to see details in the head area... but we took the leap and went for it.
Step One: Tracing the Drawing.
That was done placing an 8 1/2 x 11 acetate transparency atop an 8 x 10 photo and tracing the animal on the acetate using an ultra fine sharpie.

Step Two: From Tracing To Black and White Drawing
Simple enough: Place a piece of white paper behind the traced acetate drawing. Then make one copy on your printer. This copy can be taken to a local print shop for enlargement. Then we decided how big the art piece was to be and decided 285% enlargement would do the trick.... ( 8.5 - one side- times 285 = a bit over twenty four inches...and 11 -the other side times 285 = just over 31 inches ) So off to the print shop for a little over $3... we had an enlarged drawing that 'exactly matched our tracing. There are indeed other ways to do this enlarging thing, but this is quick, accurate, and if you find a friendly local print shop, reasonably priced.

Step 3 Let the Fun Begin.... Since Dale is learning the media, we began with the lightest value while she gets comfortable with how things work. I routinely tell students, after you figure out the media, begin where it makes most sense to you and that would possibly mean start with the dark .. especially on complicated drawings.
Three hours of painting were enough for the first day. Look how far Dale got!.. and make note this is her first ever painting. Impressive!!! Time for a break .. Eyes and brains need a rest so a new day will move this painting forward.


JoJo said...

Oh how I wish I could have a private lesson with you. It would be a dream come true. The dog is beautiful.

Patt Blair said...

hey Jo Jo... Thank You for the vote of confidence. I do conduct a small group retreat each year... maybe that would work for you. click on patts retreat button on upper left for details. It would be great to have you come 'play' with other art quilters. Next available retreat is May 13-16 2011.

Thanks again for your nice words. Happy Quilting