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Posted almost 6 years ago.
ooh, please do post a detail photo when you get a second! I'm so curious as to how much the colors blended in the printing process, and how it looks!
This printed beautifully on Spoonflower's quilting weight cotton. Very pleased!
I'm glad you like the design, weavingmajor. I did do an insane amount of work coloring it. I had to withdraw the first version of the design because I discovered that resizing it overlapped the pixels, thus creating green. The problem ended up being a Photoshop image interpolation setting (bicubic) that had to be changed to "nearest neighbor" in order for the pixels to remain true and hard-edged. The second version works, with each pixel being true to the limited color palette. When I print the design on paper, the pixels are not overlapped, which was important to me. However, it never occurred to me that the thread count was 78 and four pixels will have to fit on each bit of thread! Oh my. The only scenario I considered was if a printing company had excess ink in the limited palette and wanted to get rid of it by using as much of it as possible. I realize that doesn't apply to fabric printers but the thought did amuse me. I have always been a huge fan of impressionism and pointillism in art. I've worked with watercolor and acrylic paints but never tackled any projects using those styles. With that in mind, I created my design using small bits of color, much like a tiny brush stroke or dot. If I had more time, I would have created more shadow with black and placed more white and yellow cast for sunlight to give it a proper "en plein air" touch. About the pixels, most of the design has color blocks that are five pixels wide, not one. Only some of the "green" sections are one pixel, most being color blocks of 5 yellow and 5 blue. Again, thank you for the comment. (Reposting this comment to correct the word "green" to "blue")
Posted about 6 years ago.
By the way, this particular version "Summer Flowers" is the one I withdrew from the contest. The version titled "Summer Flowers Contest Entry" is my contest entry.
it's truly a beautiful design and I can't imagine the amount of work you did to color it pixel by pixel.
I confess it's also kind of hard for me to accept as a real entry in the contest - this optical mixing seems a lot like using transparency to create new colors, especially when I can't zoom in enough to verify that yes you really only did use those five colors! (Yeah, I trust you, it's just weird to not be able to see it.) It feels like it follows the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. But I have to confess, if it is indeed a side-step, it's a very creative one and well implemented here!
I'm curious, too, whether the pixels will show up ON THE FABRIC itself! If the print is 150 dpi and the thread count is 78, that means you'll be putting about four pixels on each bit of thread that shows (2x2 pixels) - I wonder how that will look! When you get your fabric, please do upload a close-up photo of a bit of it - I'd love to see how well those itty-bitty pixels of yours print - whether the blue-and-yellow dots stay that way, or whether the ink mixes and becomes green!
still and all, contest aside, it's a wonderful design and even if I didn't know about how you colored it I'd say you did a great job with the colors - they look lovely and summery-breezy - and I really love your leaf trellis!
This file ended up with color errors so I withdrew it from the contest and uploaded a similar version more in keeping with the rules.
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