Line By Line

Temporal challenges to create art abound on social media: 100 days of postcards, 52 weeks of collages, a year of daily ambient temperatures, etc. I wanted to begin 2021 with some sort of daily art prompt, but I didn’t know how long I could keep it up. I settled on 31 days of lines.

Why line? Though it’s one of the basic elements of design, in quilts it is often addressed only through actual quilted stitches. Some would argue that every place where fabrics meet creates a line, and I see that. But I am after line for line’s sake. Lines can be straight/curved/geometric/contoured/crisp/soft-edged/continuous/broken/jagged/even/dotted/dashed/thick/thin/varied/raised/recessed, and I’m sure there are more permutations I haven’t even thought of.

Paul Klee

So far I’ve been able to make lines on paper or fabric every day this month, and some days I’ve done more than one piece. I even persuaded a friend to join me on the line, though she is working with paper only, at least so far.

I’ve marked on fabric a little more than paper, and I’ve marked with India ink, acrylic paint, printing ink, colored pencils, tissue paper, and machine stitching; and used conventional and unconventional tools, including a feather, to apply my marks. I also did a bit of photography and Photoshop editing.

Here are a few highlights.

Silk that’s scrunched up, ironed, and then rollered with printing ink. I did several of these. I plan to iron it flat.
Monoprinted base, covered with torn freezer paper, rollered with printing ink. I did lots of freezer paper lines on paper and fabric.
Monoprinted base with eyelash yarn as resist (right), ghost print of yarn on left.
Bleeding tissue paper over watercolor paper, sprayed with water. For some reason, the tissue strips acted as resists and the color bled onto the paper at the tissue paper edges. I used the removed tissue strips in other pieces.
Plastic template scrap traced several times and colored with pencils.
Torn marbleized paper glued to construction paper and connected with white pen lines.
Crinoline painted and drawn on, ironed, and sewed into tucks.

I have still more ideas for line making, and may set aside the final week of January to create a larger work from all my bits. Have you tried a multi-day challenge and, if so, have you stuck with it?

I’m linking to Off The Wall Fridays.


Filed under In Process, Techniques

6 responses to “Line By Line

  1. This is such a great idea and I love seeing your examples, I especially like the decking/porch rails manipulated photograph. In Nov 2020 I stitched a piece and shared a finished one on Instagram everyday, it WAS a challenge, LOL. I look forward to seeing more in your line challenge.

    • So far I’ve done at least one line study a day. I find manipulating photos in Photoshop is a great way to make the time pass. Some effects don’t work but others do. I don’t think I could do a finished piece a day. Many of my lines are studies or experiments with materials and techniques.

  2. All look like fun. My favorite is the last photo, especially the combination of painted and sewn lines. Someday I’ll borrow this idea!

  3. I love these pieces. I have also been working on shape related pieces but I have used circles. It is freeing to know that shapes can become art pieces and that I don’t have to think really hard on coming up with a design. Let the shapes dictate how they want to be used. Good for you on commiting to 30 days of any form of art!

    • I am considering using the accretion of small pieces to make a larger piece, rather than a top down approach. Your circles may have become addictive. It’s fun to figure out yet one more way to create or use an abstract shape.

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