murielle

12 Feb 2010
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A cropped portrait of my oldest niece, the same Maria Elkins method again zigzagged with purple metallic thread.


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94bmw wrote
on 14 Feb 2010 9:04 AM

I would like to know this technique..

meta1 wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 12:35 AM

Hi,

It is a fairly easy tecnique. When I did my first portrait I thought of my own technique. I cropped a photo, then resized it to printing size. I used the printed, posterized, photo as my pattern and cut out all the pieces and appliqued them in place. After I had made this first portrait, I wanted to learn more so I downloaded  Maria Elkins' workshop 'making faces', which really is a great workshop. She explains in a very clear way three techniques of making portraits. I learned so much in a very short time. With these two portraits I used her first technique, which is so much more effective than the way I made my first portrait. What is very convenient is that she has also put everything in writing. You can print this and keep it next to your work as a reference. She uses steam a seam fusible, which you really should have. I didn't have it with these portraits so I improvised with a glue stick to attach my pattern to the fusible, without taking the paper of first. But now I used steam a seam with a portrait I just made and it really works great. It sticks much better to the fabric than the fusible I used before, so you don't have to zigzag the pieces, like I did with the pictures of my nieces, although I also did that, with metaillic thread, to have a little sparkle in it. I hope you'll try this technique and have as much fun with it as I have.

Meta