Sunday, December 12, 2010


My sister-in-law's dog Koda is a Cockapoo. They make great subjects because their fur has a natural glow. I learned two layers of trapunto (batting) is sufficient for a picture that is taken straight at the face. More layers make the face seem unnatural and larger than normal - unless that is what it is trying to achieve. Extra layers may be good for a dachsund. It also appears that the saturation should be increased because the overall color seems to be diminished when it is printed on fabric. Also, the eyes should be isolated and the contrast increased to enhance the white and shadows in the eye. Thread painting using various colors similar to the picture help in achieving a painterly effect. A fabric frame was made with cardboard in the frame and backing although plastic mesh or thick batting may be used instead.
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