Dust my Soul

Actual size: 5.5 x 10.5
Scale Size:  34 x 64
Mixed media

Entry number: 607

There is always one person in every family who can make anything boring seem really fun.  For our family, it is my daughter, Shelley.   For her quilt, I wanted to show how she
does not view anything in black and white, but always looks for the color in life's adventures, bad or good.  I started with a simple line drawing found in a coloring book and added my favorite Picasso quote.  After scanning and printing a black and white image on cotton sateen, I appliquéd the paint tubes at the top.  Next I outline-quilted all the black lines and areas where my color would fall.  To create a dimensional effect for the dripping paint, I used puffy paint and dribbled it to the appropriate areas.  Finally, I painted all the colors being careful to stay with my quilting lines. 

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

photograph by Shelley Emslie