Over the past few weeks, I started digging into the treasure trove of Talavera designs on the dishes in my kitchen. The sheer volume of possibilities was a bit daunting, so I picked a single design motif for a Talavera Flourish experiment.
I started with an interesting flourish from the water decanter, and used Adobe Illustrator to create a reasonably accurate copy of the design.
The design was a bit fussy for a Paint+Stitch project, so I simplified, stretched and manipulated the design until I was happy.
Rather than making the trip upstairs to retrieve my roll of boring gray vinyl, I grabbed a sheet of green vinyl from the cubby in the desk and cut a Renegade Stencil from the design. Of course, my laziness would come back to bite me a couple of days later!
Renegade Stencils are great for painting on fabric, and the transfer procedure makes it easy to move the paper-thin vinyl from the backing paper to the fabric – even if some of the pieces are not connected.
I wanted bold iridescent colors for my painted flourish, so I started with a base layer of Titanium White Paintstik color. The white acts like a primer, and makes it easier to get nice results with Iridescent Paintstik colors.
When I started painting, I realized that green is a lousy color for a stencil – especially when you want to work with green paint! There is a Very Good Reason that boring gray vinyl is on my list of favorite Silhouette supplies!
When I pulled up the stencil to see how my Talavera Flourish experiment turned out, it was clear how much the green vinyl distorted my perception of the colors while I was painting. It’s lovely – but it’s much “greener” than I had in mind. Ah well, that’s why we do the experiments. Right?
With the test painting completed, I’m ready to start on a Talavera Flourish Paint+Stitch project. It’s high time that I pull out my embroidery thread and get to stitching! I’ll give you an update on my experiment here and there as the project moves along.
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