Green Woman #5 – Colouring the Background

January 19, 2020 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Fiber Art, Patchwork | 3 Comments

The next step is both the fun and the hard part in the category “Playing with fabrics”. Starting with the finished face on top of the pattern, I needed to choose the right fabric for every piece in the background, and make everything fit together somehow. Here’s the pattern again:

GreenWoman - first and second draft of background

The right version is approximately what I ended up with at full size. And this is what it looks like after colouring in the spaces:

Green Woman #5 - background fabrics

Just to make sure that nothing is jumping out too badly in terms of contrast, I converted the image to black and white:

Green Woman #5 - background black/white

The face sticks out clearly, and the hair on top of her head has the lightest colours, as intended. You will see a big difference if you compare with a black and white version of the original, though:

Green Woman #5 - original black/white

If you look just at the background, ignoring the white foreground, you see that there’s much less contrast in general between the different areas than in the fabric version. I think the main reason for that difference is the choice of medium: coloured pencils versus fabric. I started filling in the background with all those light greens at the top of her head, but soon realized that doing the background in all those relatively light colours wouldn’t work. For the rest of the background I went much bolder in my fabric choices, trying to keep to the general colour scheme as well as ensuring local contrast similar to the original. Another thing is that lots of the dark fabrics at the edges will be covered by the white foreground, so there will be much less of the darks visible at the end.

The next step will be sewing all this together, so I end up with a single piece of fabric for the background. I think I’ll be a while, I’ll let you know when I’m there.


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  1. This is so awesome! Your fabric pattern/color choices are spot on. Can’t wait until the next update. 🙂

  2. I think it looks gorgeous regardless, very intricate work and it’s going to look amazing sewn together.

  3. […] I said I’d be a while, but it turns out it took me just over a month to do the sewing, which is not too bad in terms of project speed. […]

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