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Old 08-12-2017, 07:27 PM
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I'm aiming for fabric collages, but for starters I'm doing rough sketches with computer software (this time MS Paint) -- just to get a feeling for abstract design. Yes, the software stinks, but I'm focusing on colors and composition only -- not technique. I hope to soon move to fabric. I'm trying to apply the helpful advice I got from you guys, but I know I have tons more to learn. C&C invited, as always.
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Annika, this is very smart! Love the title and the mock up sketch, too. That small amount of red clicks with the green just right. Hope you'll show us your fabric collage when done.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:26 AM
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Thanks, KreativeK and birdhs! I doubt this particular MS Paint collage will be transferred to fabric. I need to do tons of computer collages for abstract design, color, and composition practice (though I'll rarely post them on WetCanvas -- don't want to spam you guys!!). After I feel like I've gotten the hang of it on the computer, I'll move on to fabric.
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Good idea Annika but if it were me I would go straight to the fabric and go for it. The preparation work is good but, using this sketch as as example, you could create many different works, depending on the fabrics that you use each time.

However at the end of the day it is up to you to create your own work flow, so don't pay too much attention to what I say.
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Thanks for the suggestion, graphicali! I don't want to give up working on the computer because it's free and super duper easy, but your comment has now inspired me to work on the computer AND the fabric in parallel. I like your reason for going straight to the fabric, graphicali, and I can think of even more reasons. For example, my particular stash of fabric will dictate the nature of my fabric collages -- because I don't have all possible fabrics, only a limited variety. So working with fabrics will be a different "game" -- how to create with limited, specific resources.
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:55 PM
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"...how to create with limited, specific resources."

that's what we all do, except those of us with unlimited resources to buy every color of paint ever sold.... (not me)

Do you have one of those super-fancy sewing machines that can sew patterns directly from the computer? Or do you print this off then hand cut the fabric?
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:44 PM
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No, I don't have a fancy sewing/embroidery machine that can sew patterns from the computer. And, frankly, I don't like that perfection look that computer-generated art has. In fact, I dislike machine embroidery for that reason, so I only do hand embroidery.

I plan to hand-cut the fabric. Sometimes the edges will be crisp, other times frayed, and I can try a variety of fabric-to-fabric glues. And other times I will neatly and tediously sew (using hand applique all around the edges) to "bind" the collage fabric to the background fabric. Bling can be added with beads, sequins, etc.
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I had a shirt that was decorated from a drawing I had done. The "artist" scanned the drawing, then he created it onto the shirt in less than 10 minutes.

It was accurate, but seemed to cheapen the effect. I love the hand-done embroidery, it is a work of art.
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Re: Shazam!

I'll chime in along side graphicali. I like the design work you have done here.

The next step is sure to change it significantly. Your fabric and embroidery will immediately bring texture into the picture. That will at least double the complexity of balancing your composition.

Just like you have chosen a limited palette of colour to keep the composition under control, choose a limited number of textures to include in your piece. And a limited number of shape/mark styles as you've already done here.
Looking forward to your first finished piece being posted!
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