A Guest Post by Cassia Cogger
Deep dives into mixed media give an artist freedom to experiment with materials; to combine mediums one might not automatically consider related; to wonder what would happen if . . . ?
Embroidery thread stitched over paper or canvas excites many, seems to be a growing trend in art and craft and it got me wondering, what if the thread was stitched on first. Bright colors and textures applied as the final layer of a piece offer certain bold visual and textural qualities. How might these qualities shift if the thread is applied as the initial layer and painted upon with watercolor? Would they operate the same when applied as a final layer?
- embroidery needle
- palette for mixing paints
- scissors or snips
- watercolor brushes, your favorite (I used Royal Aqualon round 5, 8, 10)
- watercolor paints (I used Holbein’s Opera and Winsor & Newton’s Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Lemon Yellow Deep)
- watercolor paper, 140lb (300gsm) (I used 4” x 6” [10cm x 15cm] cards)
- white embroidery floss (I used DMC)
Stitch a Circle on the Page
It is always helpful to explore new approaches through basic shapes and simple composition. The circle always seems to be a perfect starting point.
Apply Your Paint
This is where it gets exciting! DMC floss is 100% cotton and very absorbent. Apply your paint to your paper and see how the thread responds. In the spirit of wonder and experimentation, I made two pieces and applied the paint both wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry to see how they reacted differently.
How to Continue:
Let The Circle Be The Frame
Circles are often a perfect starting point to exploring new approaches to art-making. In the application of wet paint on a dry page, the pigment stayed within the circle. This is the perfect opportunity to explore painting within the circle itself and letting the circle be the frame.
Let The Circle Be a Flower
In the application of wet paint on the wet page, the pigment spread quite beautifully as would be expected in watercolor. This is the perfect opportunity to explore letting the circle be a single element in the overall piece. The large central circle shape on the page and the vibrant paint reminded me of a large spring bloom.
Cassia Cogger—artist, teacher and author of Creating Personal Mandalas—is inspired to create artworks, creative courses and experiences that allow individuals to enter into greater relationships with their surroundings, becoming present to that which is essential. As much as she is excited by color, shape, pattern and beauty, she is more excited by what the creative process reveals.
Her work has been featured at the National Academy Museum of Design in NYC, in Watercolor Artist magazine as a rising star as well as in a host of other galleries and private collections.
Learn more about Cassia and her work at www.cassiacogger.com.
For more watercolor inspiration, check out this video from Gina Rossi Armfield at Art Journaling Live