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Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook

by Leni Levenson Wiener
Retail: $29.95   55% off

If you have been interested in delving more into art quilts, this book is a fantastic resource to do just that. From choosing the right fabrics to depicting common nature elements, Leni guides you through the ins and outs of transforming a photograph into a work of art in quilt form!

Techniques: piecing, embroidery, applique, reference

2 projects - 127 color pgs. Item No. 46025

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Art quilts intrigue but intimidate me. Perhaps it is because I view myself as more of a craftsperson than true artist. Once the artist designs the fabrics, I can cut them up and reassemble them in creative ways utilizing my sense of color and composition and skills as a quilter. When I saw the fabric collages based on photographs in the Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook by Leni Levenson Wiener, I was amazed! After perusing the book’s well-written and well-illustrated description of her process of translating photos into fabric, I started to get a glimmer of hope that perhaps I could create a pictorial art quilt!

My stumbling blocks to artistic endeavors tend to be things like proportion, perspective, and lighting. As the author points out – all these are provided in a photograph. By using a photo editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP (free program), sections of similar color value are isolated and can be used to make appliqué patterns. These sections are drawn onto freezer paper, ironed onto fabric, cut out, arranged, and appliquéd to complete the pictorial image. Ms. Weiner discusses the planning process, covering the basics of color theory, how to move away from realistic color, fabric print characteristics (color value, density, scale, and texture), photograph selection, and determining the size of the quilt.

Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook provides a long chapter detailing the author’s process from start to finish, using the picture on the front of the book, with instructions for using photo editing software and appliquéing the quilt by machine. Subsequent chapters are devoted to common elements in pictorial quilts: trees, leaves, grass, water, rocks, sky, distance, animals (fur, eyes, feathers, skin, and beaks) and people (skin tones, eyes, lips, hair, eyes, hands, arms, and legs). She also addresses body language and shadow. With all of the guidance and inspiration in Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook, I am eager to try my hand at a making a pictorial art quilt – something simple to start. Now I just have to find the right photograph!

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