Here’s another drawing. You may notice that one of the curved lines at about 10:00 o’clock in the middle ring is curving the wrong way. I will fix that. I haven’t colored it yet, but that’s my next step.
Gigi 4-20-09: Here are two more drawings. They are not colored correctly — the blobs of color are there so I can find the shapes.
This one looks really good too! I like the oval a log, and the purple border around the edge looks like a beautiful necklace. You’re on your way! Remember that when you have adjacent flow forms you need to color them differently so that we can see them (look at the light blue forms in the center). Even just a change in value will separate them. Think about using gradations as well, to create some 3-D effects.
Gigi 5-24-09: Here are 7 drawings I have made using the techniques from Dividing the Wedge. [click on images for larger view]
RaNae: Gigi, now you’re on the right track! By the way, what computer program are you drawing these in?
Now the next thing is to play and experiment until you have a design and coloring that really makes your heart sing. The one in this group that my eye keeps going to is the second one — with the purple, blue and green. I love how graceful and open it is. But you may like something completely different.
I’ve had a few more thoughts about dividing the wedge that I’ll try to write up and send out this week — basically an additional techniques for incorporating Point-to-Point and/or Baravelle spirals — much more twirly spirals — into the wedges. In a nutshell, whenever you end up with a wedge that has a large empty space in it, that is an opportunity to trim that space to a 6-, 7- or 8-sided shape, then drop a Baravelle or Point-to-Point into it. If this brief little seed of the idea sparks any ideas in you, I’d love to see what might develop!
Play some more and send me your favorites!
Gigi: Played a little with where the color should go (not what the colors should be, necessarily).
Gigi 5-27-09: Well, I played with the baravelle spiral idea. I’m sending you my results. One I wouldn’t try to sew, I don’t think, and the other just kinda fizzled out. Now I am going back to working on the “airy” one you mentioned in your message yesterday (upper right, I think).
RaNae: About the first one: I can see why, at first glance you might think this one would be challenging to sew — all those little Baravelle pieces…. But, in fact, Baravelles are probably the easiest and fastest spirals to sew at any size (I personally have done several as small as 3-1/4″ containing 77 pieces each with no trouble). And, remember that the design will be much larger than what you have drawn. I see you going in an interesting direction with this, and would love to see you experiment with Baravelles more.
With regard to the negative space in your spirals, if you’re going to leave an entire shape in the background color, then don’t place a spiral in it — no point in piecing something that won’t show up anyway. But, if you’re blacking out only one or some of the spokes in a spiral you need to piece the whole spoke. [This prompted a new post about negative space dated 5-27-09 — please check it out.]
As for the second one: I think that really the only reason it “fizzled” is because you don’t have the rest of the shapes in the wedge drawn in. Placing a Baravelle spiral in the center of the mandala is quite doable. Perhaps an idea to try might be placing other Baravelle spirals in other parts of the design so there are other spirals that share its proportions.
Gigi: I am using CorelDraw. It takes a while to learn, but I’ve already done that. The three-point curve tool makes the shorthand easy.
Gigi 5-28-09: Here are two more .jpg files. The “no lines” version is the same as the other, but without the black outlines.
I like the idea of a border, but think this one is too heavy. I tried to show going from light inside to dark outside to lighten it up a bit. Do you have other suggestions. I’m starting to get attached to this one, but will leave it for now and try a couple of other things — later today. We are covered with workers today. Our elevator is finally getting installed. Now if we could just get the stucco guys to finish, I might get my sanity back.
RaNae: Sanity? Why should you get it when none of the rest of us do? 😉 I am loving this design more and more. It’s really helpful to see it without the lines — which is how it will look sewn up. Changes it a lot — you can see where you might need to add or subtract detail.
Gigi 6-15-09: Here are two photos of the drawing I’m working on. I’m bonding with it.
I need to work on the colors in the center to get some definition (soon), and figure out what to do in the corners (eventually). There are a lot of seams in the center. I’d like suggestions for what to do about that.
RaNae: Gigi, it’s great to see your progress and hear that you and your mandala are “bonding”!
One suggestion here would be if you’re going to change color from pink to orange in the spokes of the Baravelle spirals, it will be much more elegant and dramatic to do it with a gradation, rather than making an abrupt change. Look at SASQ page 76 about doing a gradation from one color to another.
As for the seams in the center — it’s not as big a problem as it looks in the drawing. Use Nesting spirals on the center spirals to reduce bulk at the actual center point. The rest of the seams actually don’t intersect. You’ll see as it comes together, there’s really not anything to worry about. There will be some bulk, but not more than can be dealt with in the usual ways. Are you familiar with “pinwheel pressing”? That’s my name for pressing all the seams in the same direction so they lie around the point, instead of crossing seams and piling up on themselves.
Gigi: Thanks. I look forward to seeing the markup. I am planning on using gradations! And, I won’t worry about the center for a while.
RaNae 6-17-09: Gigi, here’s my markup. Not anything big, just a couple of suggestions to refine what you already have going:
The red lines show how, if you decide to blend the background from the border into the wedge, I would slice the corner of the Baravelle spiral block differently. It might not be something you would use.
Speaking of connections, you did a great job of creating a sashing to connect your small Baravelle spiral (lower RH corner) to your main Baravelle spiral (center). Good job!
I’ve also indicated some colors in the border. If you gradate your colors in the trunk with the lightest ones in the center, then use a significantly darker color in the center of the spiral (enough to establish a contrast from the colors in the gradation), you will create the look of a 3-D twisting ribbon in your border.
Gigi 7-24-09: I’m still here too and sewing away. I’m attaching two photos — one of my fabrics cut for the baravelles, and the other of the “parts” I have finished.
The construction is going very well. I cannot emphasize enough what a help it is to precut the pieces. It takes a few minutes to measure the sizes, but the cutting goes quickly. It’s a real help when doing a run from one color to another. I used an Excel spreadsheet because that’s how I work, but paper and pencil would work just as well.
RaNae: Wow, that’s organized! It’s amazing to see all those little parts, and realize that they’re all going to fit together in something that works — reminds me of seeing the parts of an engine all over the garage floor. I’m always surprised when you put the engine back together and it actually starts!
Gigi 8-2-09: I have started to sew the sections together! Sure feels good. The background looks a little plain now, but I plan to add interest with the quilting.
I’ve also started thinking about borders, and I’m leaning toward the octagon shape. I’d like your opinion. Gi2
RaNae: Gigi, yes, definitely, the octagon border. And it will be really interesting to see what you do with the quilting…will you use colored thread so we can see that added interest in the background areas? This is getting exciting!
Gigi 8-9-09: Well, I have the center of my mandala pieced! That feels pretty good, but it’s not a time to rest on my laurels. I need to figure out how to add the borders.
RaNae: Gigi, this mandala is completely unique — great job! The winding ribbon around the edge is perfect — it really looks winding! I love how much “air” there is in this design.
As for the borders, do you want suggestions for attaching the borders or have you figured it out? Let me know — there are a couple of pretty simple solutions I can think of.
Gigi 9-10-09: All finished!!!! What a relief. Now to clean up my studio.
RaNae: Gigi, it looks fantastic, and the quilting is lovely too! Great work, dear! Thank you!