Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lutradur & Lace

The new Fibre & Stitch Yahoo group challenged its readers to create a piece of work inspired by Carol McFee's "Lutradur & Lace"article in the premier issue.

Here is how my piece started. I had received a complimentary piece of lutradur with a recent order from Quilting Arts. Had no idea what to do with it so I just tucked it away. The lace is a piece that I had started painting but never finished. Here is how everything looked before any stitching or painting...


First coat of paint is Metallic Sapphire. I also added some random thread around the lace


Next I added some expandable paint and painted emerald green Setacolor and a bit of metallic paint... the result was this mess.... too many colors, the lace and the thread just seemed to be thrown on top of the lutradur.

I nearly trashed the whole thing and started over. But I gave it a few days and then decided to add some more expanda paint and then cover the entire piece white with acrylic paint.

This time, I limited the number of colors to just a base color of brown and a metallic bronze. One painting technique that worked well was to paint on the brown paint and then use a paper towel to wipe away some of the excess and create a highlight on the raised areas. This really helped enhance the details of the lace and expanda paint.

If you have never worked with expanda paint give it a try, this stuff is cool and creates such great textures. I used Setacolor Expanable Paint.

I am going to use this as a cover for my sketch book.


7 comments:

StegArt said...

Very glad you didn't toss it in the trash....I liked it the way it was, but it is very beautiful at the end too.

Vicki W said...

What a great experiment! Love the final results. Does the expandable paint have an odor to it? I find that I can't use the Setacolor Soliel because of the odor.

Pat said...

I like the steps along the way but the end is stunning.

Sue B said...

Fantastic result! I thought the second to last step looked great too but your final result is gorgeous!

katelnorth said...

So glad you didn't throw it away - it looks fabulous - I actually quite like it at the green stage too, though I suppose it does look a little haphazard - but the end result is beautiful. Which reminds me, time to finish my second piece and make a journal of it...

Dianne said...

Glad ou didn't trash this Amy - what a gorgeous colour!!

spunart said...

Your lutrador and lace are beautiful!

using lutradur