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Susan Carlson Material Collage Summer time Particular 3 of 16: Making a Sample


Making a Sample for Material Collage: Material Collage By the Numbers #3

This put up continues our DIY Summer time Collage Camp—or a Winter Collage Camp for these of you within the Southern Hemisphere. We’re calling it “Material Collage By the Numbers,” addressing all of the steps of making a cloth collage quilt. We hope you’ll take part from wherever you’re on the earth—no journey concerned!

Pulling from six and a half years of cloth collage weblog posts as reference materials, we’re delving into that content material to provide you a summertime lineup you can observe together with. In the beginning of this collection, there have been eight weeks left of summer time (not by the calendar however by the very subjective lens of the Maine local weather!) so every week we’ll ship two posts for a complete of sixteen within the collection—except we re-discover extra related posts alongside the way in which!

Posts will embrace; #1 selecting your picture (posted on July 7), #2 selecting a topic (posted on July 9) to ultimately hanging your cloth collage on the wall (deliberate supply on August 27), we’ll cowl every step with no less than one earlier put up.

Whereas as we speak’s main #3 put up is all about “Making a Sample for Material Collage,” I additionally wish to draw your consideration to a different previous put up: “The Topography of the Material Collage Face,” revealed on January 30, 2021. This put up might provide help to to see your topic from a barely totally different viewpoint. Whether or not it’s a human face or a giraffe’s snout, understanding the underlying third-dimensional “topography” of a face, or any a part of your topic, can actually assist in making a 2-dimensional sample to base the remainder of your cloth collage on.

The Topography of the Material Collage Face

You might have learn a few of these posts earlier than, so this shall be a refresher for you. The knowledge can also be harking back to info present in our on-line studying useful resource the Material Collage Grasp Class. In that case, know that you simply’re not imagining issues. A lot of this info is gathered, reorganized and expanded upon within the Grasp Class. For extra details about the Material Collage Grasp Class, click on the button under.


Making a Sample for Material Collage

UPDATE (Printed on February 18, 2017)

As promised, I’m choosing a number of the hottest posts from my weblog and updating them with video—one thing that elaborates on or exhibits extra element within the cloth collage approach. Beginning with the preferred posts—those which were seen, shared, and commented on probably the most—that is now the second installment of the “Replace Collection.”

This specific put up initially started and ended with drawings of a previous pup of ours (Pippin), so I select a picture of a present pup, Felix, to display by way of video the sample drawing course of.

Felix is a darkish canine–a straightforward description could be darkish gray–not a straightforward topic to {photograph}. Add to that his digital camera shyness and we have now many pics of him as a darkish blur. So think about my delight when a stupendous sundown stroll on the finish of the peninsula we reside on yielded a sun-soaked picture of our splendidly shaggy three-legged pleased canine.

Felix, normally a digital camera shy boy

This picture accented the few browns on his face and gave me the highlights and shadows I would wish in creating the line-drawing for the sample, in addition to definition to his face and physique to information me later within the collage course of itself.

As I say within the authentic put up, in making a line drawing, I start by in search of the lights and darks of the picture. I define these areas, taking care to be as correct as I can. This may take me some time, however I discover that point spent , drawing, and usually familiarizing myself with my topic is on no account wasted. The extra methods I can put the picture into my mind, the higher. I believe it helps all alongside—from design to cloth choice to the collage course of itself.

And right here—tah dah!—is your video. Take pleasure in.

ORIGINAL POST (First revealed on April 2, 2016)

“Dixie Dingo” supply pictures, enlarged sample, and sample transferred to cloth. On this quilt, my lady Pippin is life-size.

So that you wish to make a cloth collage quilt. Nice!

After selecting a picture to work from, the subsequent step in creating a cloth collage quilt is making a easy sample. It is a important step, one which even starting college students sense has an unlimited affect on the success of their completed product. Figuring out how a lot is driving on creating an acceptable sample makes this a frightening process to the newbie.

It doesn’t must be scary.

The essential steps are easy:

  1. Enlarge chosen picture to letter dimension: 8½ x 11 inches.
  2. Use tracing paper to stipulate shapes primarily based on worth.
  3. Enlarge tracing to desired dimension of accomplished quilt.
  4. Switch define to basis cloth.

Okay, so you may go deeper than that, however that’s the fundamentals. Let me elaborate through the use of a number of of my very own quilts as examples.

To see closing variations of the quilts: “Kissing Cousins” is featured in a earlier weblog put up: A Christmas Reward that Retains on Giving. “Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales” is featured in my weblog put up on worth: Why Shade Is Irrelevant. “Dixie Dingo Dreaming” might be seen on my web site.

Step One: Enlarge chosen picture to letter dimension: 8½ x 11 inches.

Letter dimension is sweet as a result of it’s handy. Most individuals have house printers these days, so it’s simple to print out a picture as large as will match on a daily piece of paper.

For “Kissing Cousins” I made two enlargements, every letter sized.

Why not larger? Why not print out the picture on the completed dimension? That appears logical. The larger you print it out the better it’s to see particulars, proper? That is likely to be true in case you have a particularly excessive decision picture. However the decision on most private and cellphone cameras simply isn’t that nice. Should you blow up a picture an excessive amount of, you’ll truly lose element.

Preserve the unique helpful. You’ll be referring to it throughout the piecing course of.

I prefer to print out a black and white model, as I did for “Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales.” This actually helps me consider the values with out being distracted by colour. On this case, I printed each variations on the identical piece of paper.

Further credit score: With a view to draw out the variations between shades of worth, you may strive tweaking the brightness and distinction in a picture manipulation program akin to Photoshop earlier than printing out your picture. You would additionally strive turning it black and white, posterizing it, or taking part in with altering its colours. These all might provide help to see the picture as a set of values.

Step Two: Use tracing paper to stipulate shapes primarily based on worth.

Tracing vellum is sweet and clear, if you’ll find some, however common outdated tracing paper will do if that’s what you could have. Utilizing a pleasant, sharp pencil (I like mechanical pencils for this), begin outlining the bigger shapes primarily based not on, say, components of a face—nostril, mouth, eyes—however when it comes to worth. A nostril will be made up of a number of shapes—darkish, medium, and light-weight areas. Should you want a refresher on worth, go to my weblog put up “Why Shade Is Irrelevant.”

Tracing the picture. Word that I’ve let the values outline the options reasonably than an arbitrary define of the eyes, noses, mouths, and ears. I additionally determined that their arms may very well be edited out of the piece.
The completed tracing. Word the enlargement proportion indicated within the nook.

Resist the urge to be extraordinarily detailed. It is going to merely be too complicated. Additionally, as you will note within the instance of “Dixie Dingo” (under), the sample will get lined up fairly shortly, making all these particulars a waste of time. If it begins trying like a loopy paint-by-number drawing, you then most likely have an excessive amount of element. Search for lightest areas and darkest areas to attract round. The center values get crammed in as the piecing course of progresses.

The primary draft tracing the picture.
The primary draft (full with espresso stain) is means too advanced and complicated. It wanted to be simplified.
Reasonably than beginning over, I positioned a second piece of paper over the primary and retraced the picture, enhancing out pointless traces, specializing in solely lightest and darkest shapes.
The simplified closing tracing. Discover that I did some shading to point the darker worth areas.

Further Credit score: Do easy shading within the darkest shapes to point shadows. A lighter shading might be added to shapes the place the worth is within the mid-tones. Go away the highlights white. This drawing, after you switch it to the inspiration cloth, can function a “cheat-sheet” of types and provide help to preserve monitor of what values go in what shapes.

Step Three: Enlarge tracing to desired dimension of accomplished quilt.

When unsure, go large. How large? One rule of thumb: a face ought to typically be no less than 10 to 12 inches prime to backside. Even larger is best. Think about making an attempt to create a watch the scale of your pinkie nail. Now think about it the scale of a golfball. Make it simple on your self and go larger.

You possibly can see the relative dimension of the tracing to the enlarged sample. The bigger you make your sample the better it will likely be to work on options akin to eyes and mouths.

The simplest option to get your tracing enlarged is to take it to a neighborhood copy store. Most large field enterprise provide shops have a replica heart. Inform them how large you need the completed sample to be and allow them to do the maths.

One other methodology is to enlarge it at house. It will require you to scan your tracing, then print it out at no matter proportion you need. It will most likely require you to “tile” the picture collectively in a number of items. I do that with all my designs (see picture above and”Dixie Dingo” picture at starting) since I’ve in-house copy service, a.ok.a. Tom, my husband.

So how do you determine what proportion to make use of? Merely divide the completed dimension by the unique dimension then multiply by 100. It doesn’t matter which dimension, top or width, you utilize so long as you select the identical on each completed and authentic. One other means to determine your enlargement is to make use of a proportion scale. And naturally there are apps for that.

Step 4: Switch define to basis cloth.

Select a plain, common weight cloth for the inspiration that you simply’ll be gluing to. Muslin, or one other cheap impartial coloured cloth, works properly. Reduce a bit barely larger than your paper sample. Once you slip the sample behind the material, it’s best to have the ability to see it properly sufficient to make use of a everlasting marker (akin to a Sharpie) to hint the picture onto this basis. You need a good stable, definitive line. That is your information and reference. There are not any templates in the way in which I work.

The sample transferred to the inspiration cloth.

Further Credit score: Should you shaded within the darker areas in your sample, switch these to the material as properly.

Earlier than beginning to piece “Dixie Dingo Dreaming,” I added easy cross-hatching to indicated shadows. Fewer cross-hatches point out lighter areas. My cheat-sheet.
Evaluate this picture to the one above. See how the shading I made on the sample is translated to cloth. Right here you may see why you don’t want each little line from the unique picture, simply these main lights and darks, because it will get lined up comparatively shortly.

Remaining Examination

College students are sometimes impatient to begin creating their picture in cloth, however don’t rush your sample. Take your time. Perhaps you’ll need to make a second draft, as I did with “Peace, Love, Tie-Dye, Save the Whales.” It’s properly definitely worth the effort at this stage to create an correct sample. As you progress on to the the subsequent step within the course of—cloth collage piecing—a great sample will ____________.

a. be the inspiration on which your fabulous quilt shall be constructed.

b. be your greatest good friend.

c. provide you with further confidence.

d. the entire above.



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