Thursday, December 5, 2013

3-D Soft Sculpted Flowers, Mixed Media Style: Quilting Arts Magazine

I am so jazzed that I have been chosen to be a contributor to the new December/January 2014 Quilting Arts Magazine. Issue number 66 features my article, "3-D Soft Sculpted Flowers, Mixed Media Style" in which I show how I make poppies from a variety of media including cloth, lutradur, paints and inks. How fun?!!!! The flowers consist of 3 tiers of petals made from both cloth and painted lutradur. Patterns are included for making the petals and leaves for these blossoms. The center stamen is composed of beaded floral wire to create shine and an element of surprise. Raspberry Delight, a finished 3 dimensional piece was created specifically for this article and displays three large poppies in full bloom against a hand painted background. I love the way the red blooms contrast against the beautiful shades of complementary green hues thus bringing out their full potential.

 Combining cloth and lutradur with paints and inks provides interest, especially when textiles are heat distressed with a heat gun to impart texture. Alternating different colors on each side of both leaves and petals allows for more pronounced highlights and shading, therefore  adding depth. Machine stitching affords further definition to the veins on the petals and leaves. These delightful flowers were a joy to make and I hope that readers will enjoy the article and venture out into creating 3 dimensional flowers of their own. To order your copy of this article in the Quilting Arts Magazine, please visit . I also offer workshops creating an array of different flowers including Irises, Tiger Lilies, Calla Lilies and many more. I invite you to read more about it at . Thank you for stopping by. I wish you much happiness and success in your creative journey.


RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

Loved the article. Still trying to lay out my bottom 5 petals, so there is a small hole and can still sew them together. I really wish Quilting Arts would put better pictures or more pictures in for these articles so other people can see what you are doing.
Love you work.

Barb Forrister said...

Hi Rosemary, thank you for the lovely comment. I am so jazzed that you are creating a 3 dimensional poppy. How fun! I have looked for a photo hat describes what you are saying. I will send it to you in hopes that it sheds some light. Again, many thanks for your kind words.