Friday, November 27, 2015

what I do ...
I sketch on tracing paper.
Then I play with color,
here I used colored pencils
but sometimes I splash paint on it.

At this point, I've also darkened in the
pencil sketch with a black marker.
This enables me to see it through
the canvas for tracing.
And so begins the actual painting
once I'm happy with the preliminaries.
Painted and ready to send to Ruth
for the next leg of it's journey.
Ruth being Ruth Schmuff Designs
my illustrious distributor.
Once Ruth gets my finished master, 
it's measured, photographed,
hopefully ooooo'd and aaaahhhh'd over,
and then
... it's sent to the repeat painters for production.
Whew, it's a journey.
Viola! A belt...
I love borders, I love to make a design feel
solid by boxing it in and most often adding some
kind of border. The border can happen in the stitching.
Or as with this design, in the painting.
This border took some figuring mathematically,
hence, the belt was born
so I could figure out the count and spacing exactly.

The next step in the design journey,
Although, I don't always write a stitch guide for
each piece. I'd love to but the time
just isn't there to play with each new design.

I draw much faster than I stitch!


  1. Oh, Kimberly, I think this is my most favorite by far. It is exquisite!

    1. Thank you Sharon! This one is a sweet compliment to Emma's Little Bird design. I enjoyed creating both. Maybe some day I'll get to stitching Little Dancer too.

  2. So happy you shared. I wondered how you produce more than one of this gorgeous canvas. Repeat painters!! I am so envious of your talent!!!

    1. Thank you for reading! Some of the magic that happens requires assistance. I tried painting my own...almost ruined my hands. I tend to have a strangle hold on my paint brush when I'm stitch painting.

  3. Definitely ooooo'd and aaaahhhh'd over by many adoring fans, Kimberly!

    1. Thank you Sarah! Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  4. You make it look and sound so easy! :)


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