This week, I hosted Mixed Media Monday’s challenge. The theme is “seeing red.” Now, I don’t use a lot of red in my work. I tend toward cooler colors. I started by sewing together a number of red fabrics. I was going to use that as my background, when I suddenly realized that a piece of green cloth I had been embellishing might be the perfect backdrop for my red.

I think the rectangles of red drive the piece and show off the red in a way that an all-red collage would not. The background is a hand-dyed green fabric, stamped with Lumiere paint and highlighted with some of my new Derwent Inktensive pencils.  The entire piece was free-motion quilted, and then purple and gold fabric beads were added to  the red strip-pieced rectangles.