Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Painted Coat: The Pieces

Today - tomorrow morning at the latest - I have to clean up the studio, put away the paint supplies, scrape the paint drips off the floor, and clear the surface of the second desk. My friend Barb is coming to sew in the studio for a week. I'm really looking forward to having her visit and I definitely don't want her to feel like there's no room for her to sew and double definitely don't want to get paint on her project. SO... cleaning up soon.

I've been working on the pieces of the painted coat. I wanted the base to be an all over blue green color and I was pretty sure that I didn't have enough of the Jacquard paints to cover that much space so I bought a blue and a green of Tulip brand Soft paint and mixed them together to get a turquoise. I bought four bottles just in case two weren't enough but luckily they were. I returned the other two. They're $9.99 each.

Here's what the mixed color looks like over the lightly spray painted canvas. The color above is more true than the one below. Hopefully it's the same on your monitor. It's more of a clear turquoise color than an olive-ish one. After mixing the two colors together, I used a lot of water to apply them. It took overnight for the pieces to dry. You saw that picture in yesterday's post.

Rather than create an all over design which I wasn't sure I had either enough experience or enough paint to do, I chalked the hemline at 1 1/2", an equal edge at 3", and a border at 9" from the raw bottom edge to create a border print. Perhaps in the future, I'll be able to eyeball those distances but, for now, I wanted to be sure that the pieces matched well side by side. If the paint on one strayed too far, I would have had to paint the others to match and I really didn't want to do that.

I started by adding purple metallic. I was worried it wouldn't stand out enough and in retrospect, fainter would have been better. I've been trying to tone down those dots ever since.

After that, I added some smeared black and then blue and then used a pastry blender to make pewter colored lines along what will be the hem edge and then...

...spread a layer of very watered down turquoise with a touch of black over the entire area. It's approaching the look I want but those purple areas are still bugging me so I may try toning them down just a little bit more and possibly add some bleeding upward into the upper area. Otherwise, I'll wait until I've sewn the sections together to see what else might be needed. I've painted the sleeves the background color but haven't done anything about the collar yet. I wanted to see what could develop out of how I finished the rest of the garment.

I turned around at one point and my son had tucked Miss Chloe into her blanket which is most likely why she was so very content to just sit and watch me paint.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - Remembrance Day - we remember

The time is ripe for looking back over the day, the week, the year, and trying to figure out where we have come from and where we are going to, for sifting through the things we have done and the things we have left undone for a clue to who we are and who, for better or worse, we are becoming. But again and again we avoid the long thoughts….We cling to the present out of wariness of the past. And why not, after all? We get confused. We need such escape as we can find. But there is a deeper need yet, I think, and that is the need—not all the time, surely, but from time to time—to enter that still room within us all where the past lives on as a part of the present, where the dead are alive again, where we are most alive ourselves to turnings and to where our journeys have brought us. The name of the room is Remember—the room where with patience, with charity, with quietness of heart, we remember consciously to remember the lives we have lived.

- Frederick Buechner   


  1. The pastry blender lines are 1) a brilliant invention and 2) great looking! Thank you for sharing all of the steps toward your painted coat! All the best!

    1. Diane had mentioned that the pastry blender was one of her favourite tools so I had to try it and I really like it. The coat just got too dark so I have to figure out more blending techniques - LOL.

  2. Looking good!
    You mentioned more blending needed...have you considered some free-motion stitching in this area? I know you have mad skills...or do you want to keep it all paint?

    1. How delightful to hear from you. I've thought about you often but didn't have your email any more - lost in a computer glitch. Feel free to email me privately. I see you're still working with PMB. I can't load the version I have on my current system but I've been taking what I figured out with it and using it to work from a block and that's gone fabulous. LOVE your new studio. It turned out great.

      I did consider free motion stitching on the coat but as you'll see in today's posting, we're taking a break from each other. I need to figure out where this is going - whether it's actually going to stay a coat or become something else - before I invest more time and money..


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