Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday Sweets

As a new class of students embarks on their Design-Tat journeys, I can't help reflecting on my own discoveries.

One of the revelations was that you never know from whence the spark will come. Once you start seeing the world through design eyes, inspiration can come from anywhere.

Image reprinted with permission
Copyright © 2011 Carol Gillott

A delectable dessert photo, for example.

Everyone else (maybe you included) salivates over the scrumptious-looking petits fours, but I see the box.

'Can the lacy border can be tatted?' I wonder.


This sketch came to a screeching halt because of the "tassel effect." It is a principle element on the box. (Click on the Paris Breakfast photo for a close-up view.)

Another revelation is that once inspiration strikes you never know where it may lead. The "tassel effect" section I also "see" a ribbon bow with a tassel hanging from it. So the Clunies may morph into bows.

Nothing is certain, except for one thing - getting there is half the fun!

Do go over to Paris Breakfasts for more mouth-watering images of sweet treats and the incredible water-color paintings pastry artist Carol Gillott creates from them. Just don't go hungry...

Tell her IsDihara sent you.

7 comments:

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

The class has already started....

You could make a ring and add a tassel on the ring...

Gina said...

I do see new patterns in things like that but for the most part, I'm so busy tatting what is already around and adding my own touch that I seldom design from scratch.

Miranda said...

For the tassel effect, you might try making several long picots in a row, cutting them open, and then using a needle to fray the strands of the threads.

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

Oh, the possibilities! I'm not sure I have the brain power to follow through on design ideas, but I sure admire those who are able to! What will you come up with? I can hardly wait to see!

Katherinne McKay said...

Have you thought of using double picots for the fringe? That was my thought while looking at your sketch..

The raspberry tarts look yummy! Wish I had some! lol

Ridgewoman said...

For what ever reason, even though I began the design class (I dropped it when it got into the how to use the drawing program cause I had a MAC and it wouldn’t work with that program), I never really was bitten by the ‘design bug’. I’ve always seen designs in things though...even before I learned to tat and that was heightened by my classes at UC Davis in Graphic Design. I particularly like the negative space in some of the vintage jewelry pre Art Deco...
bj

PS I finally added EZ Draw to my MAC and it works great and is not math-based so a lot easier to use.

แบบเต็มของสีและความสุข said...

Karla Asks: Are the loops that are customery at the tops of eyelets..picots... not securely knotted anyway? Just cut a series of longer length picots loops for the fringe....these can be hand knotted again later in tassel fashion if necessary. Alternately, knot a tassel into a single small picot loop using a tiny crochet hook afterwards.