Exploring the Self Portrait..." Where in the Heck did I leave my Sunglasses?"
Have you ever spent 20 min. looking for your sunglasses when they were right on your head?!
My local guild is doing a program based on the work and humor of Jean Ray Laury. It seemed fitting to pick a project from one of her books. I thought that I would use one of Jean's face patterns but then my friend Jan sent me a link to funny faces on pinterest and that really got my creative ideas going...
here's the link:https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=funny%20quilt%20faces&rs=typed&term_meta=funny%7Ctyped&term_meta=quilt%7Ctyped&term_meta=faces%7Ctyped
Check it out...thousands of ideas, your imagination will run wild!
I discovered that caricature, no matter how you approach it, can be a lot of fun!
Here's a challenge! How would you characterize yourself in a humorous way?
Here are the instructions I included for my guild:
PVQA MARCH 2017 BOM- Tribute to Jean Ray Laury- Portrait 10” unfinished
USE THESE IDEAS TO MAKE A PORTRAIT
You may make any kind of portrait you wish. Self portrait, abstract/ Picasso or use one of Jean’s designs; whatever tickles your fancy. If you want other ideas the web is a great place to start. Visit Pinterest “funny quilts”. I got a lot of ideas for my self- portrait from that page.
Use any combination of applique and embroidery techniques with cloth that you need to get the effect that you want. (no puff paints please). For example: I used a black sharpie marker to draw in the pupils on my portrait. It was the easiest way to get the look I wanted. (no pun intended!) For applique I used a glue stick and narrow zigzag to sew everything down and for details I used my embroidery foot and just doodled. Since my background was darker than my face fabric I cut 2 layers of face fabric, glued the 2 layers to each other and then glued it down to the background. The whole project took me about 2 hours. It does not have to be complicated! HAVE FUN!
Sew a ¼ inch Stay Stitch around the edge of your background block to help keep it from
fraying and keep it square.
Here's some more inspiration: