After receiving some very helpful critiques in class, I'm re-doing these last few Snitzels.
They thought the Boxes was too boring, I agree. It was just the beginning. It needed definition and focus. So I cut out the basic shape and bordered it with an interesting black with colored lines fabric. I used a Pigma pen to draw the perspective lines in, as this had been my plan all along. I just couldn't decide whether to do it in pen or on the sewing machine with thread. I went with the pen because I figured I wouldn't be able to get really straight lines on the machine. I glued the pieces down with Roxanne's Glue Baste-It. I love the little applicator tip, it's very handy. I had to learn not to squeeze too hard, because the tip is so small, the glue is forced out around the cap. Unfortunately, I went a little nuts with the glue, putting little dots everywhere on the back, and I ended up with little dots soaked through to the front of the fabric.
I then tried out a bunch of different fabrics to 'square' it up with:
This was fun! Now I just have to figure out which one, and how to cut it out and sew it on. Hmmm.
The Drops is giving me fits. I don't like the way it looks. I'm frustrated trying to make the 'drops' look spherical and drop-like. Jean (the teacher) suggested that I make the whole thing smaller, which is the first step. I cut down the background and then started over making the drops. I decided to make them all from the same fabrics. I went back to my original photo and really looked at it and started again.
Here is where I ended up. I'm liking it a little more. I think what I want to do now is gradate the transition from one fabric to the next using a zigzag thread technique with gray threads. I want to show it to the class the way it is first, though, to get their opinions.