Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Paint box

For the first time in ages, I completed a Bee block in the right month.  In Cocorico, Amy had asked for blocks from the 'Artist's Studio', great theme!  I knew where this was going.  When I want to do a quick colour sketch, I reach for my little water colour box, and that was my inspiration.  I drew this out on quilter's graph paper and used that to rotary cut and improv piece the block. 
watercolour block draft for Amy Friend, Cocorico bee
  I am not a massive fan of rainbow themes.  I find them a bit predictable, they don't excite me, but this works for me with all the patterns and prints, old and new.  


Paint box preparation
  The hardest thing to piece was the paint brush, straightforward by itself but an awkward shape to fit into the rest of the block.
Part way through paint box for Amy
The smudgy multi-coloured vintage fabric was a bit of a gamble.  It was meant to represent colour mixing in the lid palettes but I think in hindsight a dirty moda grunge in cream would have been better  and given a little more clarity to the design, but I like the little cubes of paint.  
 My favourite part of sewing a block like this is choosing the fabric, put little words and pictures that fit, love that!
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34 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! I love the smudgy colour mixing, it works so perfectly :)

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  2. Oh, it's divine! And I knew at first glance that the multicolored bit was paint mixed on the lid. Ya rocked it. Again. Of course. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  3. Oh, it's divine! And I knew at first glance that the multicolored bit was paint mixed on the lid. Ya rocked it. Again. Of course. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  4. I think the multicoloured lid is perfect

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  5. It's fantastic Kerry! I love the watercolour fabric too, I think it looks amazing!

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  6. It's fantastic Kerry! I love the watercolour fabric too, I think it looks amazing!

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  7. Very cool, and love the effect of the smudgy fabric, I knew what it was straight away!

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  8. Looks great Kerry - love it!

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  9. You sew inspire me....this,is brilliant?.. Your process is amazing.

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  10. That is just so super cute!

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  11. Hi Kerri!! This block is marvelous!! I love how you used the abstract print for the top of watercolor case. It really is great representation. The brush on the side is fabulous!! I love how you do your fuzzy cut on these words.. again, you always inspired me!! { back to my artwork now!}

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  12. I still think it is funny that the part you like least is my favorite part. Go figure! Thank you so much for making this block for me Kerry! I will think of you every time I see it :)

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  13. Wow Kerry! You amaze me with what you do with fabric! Love it.

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  14. Fantastic! Love seeing the process of your block too!

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  15. Just too cool, Kerry! Great job. I'm with you on the rainbow quilts but this isn't the same...

    Love it.

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  16. Oh Wow! It works! Its gorgeous, I love it!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  17. Very clever. The mixed paint on the lid is perfect and I love all the different little paints - it would have been easy to do plain colours but the patterned colours are so effective. Nice brush too.

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  18. The smudgy mixed paint lid is brilliant, and judging by the comments everyone knew exactly what it was, so it clearly worked! I love your little snips of colour and text - all your blocks recently have had me stalking the Japanese and text prints on Etsy.

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  19. It's fabulous and the lid is perfect for this block it has worked so well! Love it x

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  20. I just love this. Now I have to go out and buy some water colours - him who must not be obeyed will not be impressed. I'll say I'm buying them for the grandchildren - good idea woman (that's me).

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  21. Wow. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this block. I totally agree; the fabric you added to the lid worked just how you intended it. It might be my favorite part!

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  22. Oh my gosh I can't get over how fun your work is. You are a true artist and seeing the blocks you produce is just soooo much fun!

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  23. Sigh. You are so talented! I love the box lid, I think it works brilliantly. So clever!

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  24. Iiik ihana! Hi Kerry! I just had to say 'wonderful' in Finnish beause it sounds more strong with 'iiik'! I love your watercolour box! I didn't guess first what you are making - this is so great idea - again as usually from you! Beautiful and I love water colours! x Teje

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  25. Man!! That is just beautiful!! You gals all impress me with your creativity! I really do get inspired from it. ;p

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  26. I love the little brush and the fabric for the mixing palette is perfect!!!

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  27. This is darling! I love it that you shared your process for devising the block construction as well as fabric selection. I have a LONG WAY TO GO as far as selecting fabrics that give me the look I want for my quilts. I'm always surprised when I put it all together, like, "Who designed THIS?!"

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  28. Hello Kerry!

    There's an award for you in my blog! I know we are all busy, so no pressure attached, just a thank you for bringing some sunshine to my days :)

    Yours,
    Mia

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  29. So great to see how you go about it!

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  30. This is one of my favorite blocks - fantastic!

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