This was a tricky one. Emotions themselves are tricky. I read online somewhere that if you are cranky, short with people, and frustrated with annoyances building up to exlode, then you are not feeling your feelings. Suppressing and avoidance doesn't work. Instead we have to recognise, be curious and understanding in order to let emotions come and go.
After 2 years of Covid with lockdowns, cocooning, not being able to go farther than 5km from your home, pubs and cinemas closed, no visiting friends or family unless in a bubble most of us have not been feeling our feelings, I should think.
Now that we are opening back up again after Omicron there is naturally a mix of feelings. While out walking the dogs we got to talking about depicting anxiety as that seems to me the feeling that runs through all of these past years and the return to people mixing freely again. I pictured anxiety as a dark blue, not black as that's too despairing. Gordon sees it as purple and that seems spot on too.
I couldn't find a dark enough purple so ended up with navy thread and tried a technique called neurographic art to depict what I felt about anxiety. I had been seeing this technique all over YouTube and the way it works is you write what is bothering you or what you want to focus on, on the back of a piece of paper.
Using a wiggly line draw from one side of the page to the other crossing over if you wish. You can add more lines and more shapes and not take too much time with the lines - about 3 minutes to doodle. The main thing is to go back to your drawing and round the sharp corners where the lines cross Then you can add colour to the different areas created by the shapes.
I wondered if this could be done in thread with free motion quilting. So I thought I'd give it a go and explore anxiety. I see it as knots in your stomach and a weight pulling you down. To be quick I drew my wiggly lines onto fabric with a frixion pen and then free-motioned over it rounding the corners. At first I tried to add colour by thread painting but even with stabiliser I was getting some pulling as I hadn't hooped the piece up properly so I thought I'd add some free motion fillers instead.
Then I remembered I had some acrylic paint that I wanted to try on fabric. These are the only colours I have but luckily I think they go well with the project so far.
So I added some paint in the spaces and think this is where I should have left it . I like the open spaces showing the background fabric through.
I have to say this was a fun little project even if it was a dark subject. So anxiety maybe blue or purple but in my world its pink and turquoise too.