Painter Girl Stitched Art Journal Portrait

This stitched art journal page is a folky artsy girl who is happy and colorful. With a paint palette and easel, she is a painter, ready to create a masterpiece.
The portrait is really a stitched collage. The background is created first, layering strips of fabric and sewing with variegated threads. The girl is also made of fabric. Her bright blue hair (strips of raw edge fabric and couched cording) is adorned with a fabric flower brooch.
Her face is created with pencil and paint making this piece a kind of journal quilt, combining the best of art quilting and art journaling.

Find inspiration and techniques to turn sketches and art journal pages into fabric art with Stitch Draw by Rosie James.
A beautiful hardcover fabric textured book full of gorgeous photos, Stitch Draw: design and technique for figurative stitching is a real gem. The first section covers drawing and sketching people and places with pencil and paper. Then the author walks through the steps of setting up the sewing machine for free-motion stitching and includes recommendations for fabrics and stabilizers, everything you need to know to get going. There are detailed instructions on process for transferring a drawing, adding clothes, using photographs and designing a background. There are also options for presenting your finished project. There is plenty of eye candy with presentations of other artists' process and style as well. So inspiring! It's a workshop in a book. Love it.
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