Auditioning paints (can you audition paint?)

16 April 2014

Creatively things have stalled a tad - or rather, creative activities are going on, but there is not much to show for them just at the moment.

But before I deal with that a quick look at some work that Daughter No 1 has been doing - a stunning little family of cloth dolls.

These are very cute and rather charming.

She does not have an Etsy shop running yet, but when she does I will let you all know.

In my own creative world I am trying to get all my ducks in a row for 'Dislocation', the 2014 Festival of Quilts Contemporary Quilt Group challenge.

Some while ago I sorted out the image I will be using and today I auditioned the paints!

Dislocation is going to be more of the traditional quilt rather than a framed embroidery. But, if you stop by my blog regularly, you will know that I tend not to be what you would call a traditional quilter.  So you won't be surprised to learn that I will be using tissue as the substrate for the quilt.  And I need to colour the tissue.

Out came my favourite box of paints - the Fresco Finish Chalk paints I've been telling you so much about lately.  I wanted to work out which paints to use for the background on the tissue paper. 

I took out my sketchbook, marking the pages roughly into 4. Then I took my paints. One group are more acidic in colour. These were Chartreuse, Tango, Yellow Submarine and Limelight. 

The other group are of a more earthy tone - Tikka, Hey Pesto, Hyde Park and Seaweed.

Then I printed out my images on paper and tried them out against the various colours - hence the auditioning. As well as being useful for the blog, though I have only given you a sample here, the photos help make the decision.  I think I kind of know where I am heading with this now, certainly in terms of colour. 

So I will report back soon with progress. 

ps sorry about the way the photos are organised.  I was trying to be helpful here - but think it just looks messy. I will leave it as it is for now and try again on another post! 


  1. I'm intrigued already by your use of tissue. I shall be watching with interest to see how this develops. I havn't decided yet whether to join in with this or not as life may be about to curtail my time for quilting for a while (not me, my hubby may have a health issue to deal with). I've got an idea for dislocation but it will take time to work and I think as usual I've left it a bit late to start.

    1. I hope you do manage a bit of creative time, but I'll health can be energy and time sapping.

      I will let you know how I get on with the tissue paper.

  2. Quilting with tissue sounds a great idea. I hope to come to FoQ this year - I don't go every year - so maybe I'll see your work there!

    1. Hopefully, though the work will be juried in so no guarantees that it will be shown. Some of my work will be at Uttoxeter next weekend though.

  3. Love the girly must be very proud of that young lady!

    Have fun with your paints over Easter :-)

    x C

  4. Thank you. I will let you know how I get on.


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