Friday, June 26, 2015

Blue Flamingos

This was the hardest challenge yet with the RSC2015.
Baby blue Flamingos. I wasn't sure I could achieve enough contrast to look right.
First of all, when I do anything with a color, I automatically put in many shades from light to dark of that color, so when the color is blue, I use baby to dark blue. Then the color for June was announced, light blue.
I had to really dig through the scrap bins for light blues that would contrast with the sky and water fabrics.

I went a bit turqoise-ish for this one.
I love it really!
Yea!

The visual texture in the fabric reminds me of feathers and the mix of sky fabrics keeps your eye moving.


Then there was this one...









I used the same fabric as on my last cow, for this and the fabric looks feathery in this, floral on the cow.
Perfect!

It's all in the placement and shadows of the part of the fabric you use. I kind of ran out and used a more teal one for the head then blended some teal pencil into the neck area to blend.

This time I used the cool aqua/blue batik for water.
It contrasts very well, and the legs really stand out.

I mean if you've got 'em, flaunt 'em! Right?

I still need to go back and do some yellow flamingos.

What I've learned doing these:
1. Color doesn't have to define an object,
2. I am loving seeing a flamingo develop in weird fun colors
3. Contrast is probably most important in definition of line/shape
4. I am already fretting about how I am going to set these critters
5. Those crabs gotta go in there somehow at the end!

42 comments:

  1. They must be somewhere cold.... I want to know where that is. We are having 100s here for the next few days. Lucky we have a portable A/C unit... and our fans are on continually. Hope you are cool there... well, yes, you are cool and so are your critters. Thanks for showing them.
    Hugs

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  2. Your flamingos are getting cuter and cuter! I can't wait to see them all together. I love the comment above about them being cold. Too funny!!

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  4. Sweet babies:)
    Did you make the awesome crab print?

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  5. These are really cute. You continue to amaze me with your talent!!

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  6. These are just beautiful! All that scrap-digging really paid off. :)

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  7. I love the blue Flamingoes, and the crab fabric is sweet.

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  8. You really nailed it with the different color/shades/hues on these guys!

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  9. Oh, goodie, I was hoping for more flamingos! I love them so much. Every single one of them is my favorite. (You might not think that's possible, but it's true...)
    Those crabs should definitely go into the flamingo quilt. They're perfect!

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  10. I love all of your flamingoes and all of your cows! The fabríc does look like feathers! Excellent choice. It will be fun to see what you put together in the end!ï

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  11. Isn't there a fancy famous bar / club called the blue flamingo? And yes! The crabs have to go in there somehow :-)

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  12. Gorgeous! And they look amazingly flamingo-esque despite the fact that they are turquoise. Perhaps they are from a rare tribe from deepest darkest Africa... Yes, I agree, the crabs must be in the quilt somewhere.

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  14. The flamingos just make me smile - so cute!!

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  15. Cool blue!
    Love the feather designs on both!
    Take care,
    Joanne

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  16. Cool blue!
    Love the feather designs on both!
    Take care,
    Joanne

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  17. OMG!!! These are fantastic. I think I like them evern better than pink flamingos! LOL You did a great job with the contrast.. would have never guessed this was a stuggle for you in the beginning. Love that pattern.. where is it from?

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    1. This is from my fave software, SewPrecise. You choose the design and size it yourself. Shirley Liby I think.

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  18. Cute. I like how you used feathery looking fabrics. Part of the fun, I imagine, is deciding which fabrics to use.

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  19. Cute. I like how you used feathery looking fabrics. Part of the fun, I imagine, is deciding which fabrics to use.

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  20. They're lovely. Who said textile flamingoes have to be pink? I like the way the shading in the fabric gives the impression of curves and depth.

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  21. FABULOUS -- just fabulous. Love the flamingos in various colors and I agree that the initial struggle (brain/mind set) can be a challenge. You nailed these!!!

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  22. OK. I am loving these flamingos!!! I HAVE to have some!!! Where can one obtain the pattern????

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  23. Wow those are cool. Maybe they've been eating blueberries :)

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  24. The flamingoes are awesome in light blues. Glad you were able to find enough contrast in your scraps, cause these guys look fabulous!

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  25. When I clicked on your blog and saw the photos, I just smiled! They are my favorite colors. And yes, you do have contrast. The yellow legs do it wonderfully. Fabulous flamingos.

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  26. The baby blue flamingos do look like they've sprouted feathers. Lovely use of blue to create the sea and sky.

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  27. Apparently flamingoes can be very surprising birds, showing up in many colors and places. See the news flash on my blog Paula B Quilts for the latest flamingo doings. By the way, I do like the aqua water and the feathery fabric on your latest.

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  28. Brilliant piecing with that LeeAnna. Don't fret about the colours, they are great.

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  29. The flamingoes and cows make e smile. Yes, flaunt your legs!

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  30. Great flamingoes and great post overall. Love your views on colour n to having to define an object and most definitely those crabs have got be in there.

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  31. How talented you are! These are gorgeous. I love your mix of fabrics.

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  32. You totally succeeded with your blue flamingos! They are delightful. And yes, the blue crabs have to be fit in somewhere, somehow. ;- )

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  33. Such great flamingos in blue. How kind of you to share these insights with us. Beautiful. (I have a large orange crab I'm planning to combine with some pink lobsters. But I sure love your blue crabs!)

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  34. Oh my. I love your blue flamingos! Beautiful prints.

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  35. So fun! I think you did a great job with the light blue theme! Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. They look great - loved reading about your colour choices.

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  37. Love these "light blue" flamingos. Wonderful job explaining how you worked with the fabric. I've never thought of using color pencils to blend the fabric a bit. Great idea.

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  38. Love those birds! Paper piecing is one of my faves. Thank you for lynking up with me for TIGFF!

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