For those of you who are wondering when, if ever, I will post about Trish Burr’s Chinese Flower Painting, I intend to work on it today and complete lesson 1.
During my numerous attempts, I managed to do the short and long stitches ok, but I was not happy about my shading results, missing the mark a bit due to the fact that we have to use 5 different shades in a relatively small space and so far I have always ended up with not enough dark colors and too much of the light ones, but I will get it in the end or will die trying, like a good friend of me always says 🙂
I am including a photo of my first attempt, which I did not complete when it became quite obvious to me that I was off the mark with the shading and just did not have enough room to keep adding shades.
As you can see from this photo, I stopped working on the first bud before arriving at the beginning of the sepals as my shading was off.
I have tried a few additional times after that and ended up ripping it, just not happy with the end results. When things like that happens to me when I just don’t get it for whatever reason(s), I usually try to take a break from it and let my brain do a bit of leisurely thinking about it.
During that time I had the opportunity to wonder why I was having so much problem with it as I have done one project with Tanya Berlin (my first time with such technique) and do not recall having such problems at all. Here is the photo of Tanya’s purple pansy.
Looking at the photo again with fresh eyes, I can see that the short and long stitches on the darker petals could have been a bit more staggered. If I were to do it again, I would no doubt do it differently. I was too hooked up on the short and long bit and not thinking enough about the staggered part of it.
I think that in the pansy project, things were easier as the petals were a bit bigger with less color changes. I will have to get Tanya’s instructions out again and have a look at them.
Using Trish’s DVD for this current project helps a lot, but it is not exactly the same as if she was actually stitching the current project. It is more a general information DVD where she is showing us how to go about stitching short and long stitches.
When I wrote Trish for help about my shading problem, she said that in reality I need to find space for 4 shades and then the last one (darker shade) I just add a few stitches over to give some additional shading, new information which should have made things easier for me but for some reason have not, until now that is.
Anyway, I will give it another go today and I have more or less decided to live with the results, good or bad. Let’s hope that they will be good. I hate bad results, don’t you?
Well, better get at it. Will have another viewing of Trish’s DVD and then hopefully it will be a breeze this time around.
Will be back in a few days with the results and then later with Trish’s comments.