Grandma's Wooden Foldable Sewing Chest

Grandma's Wooden Foldable Sewing Chest - student project

Thanks Chris for this beautiful class, and awesome opportunity. I loved seeing all your projects on the 3 different themes, all quite inspiring. And thanks also for answering my question about what object or theme to chose, because it really helped me to find what I am going to draw 100 sketches and paintings of. 

After the suggestions of 'sewing materials' and 'family treasures' (and 'needle and thread' and 'spool'), I remembered I had my Grandma's Wooden Foldable Sewing Chest in a corner of the house, took it out, and opened it. My grandma was a seamstress and there are SO many spools inside, and other sewing items that I can easily sketch and/or paint. 

On the picture, I laid on top of the chest my sketch book, one I got 10 years ago from my husband. Because I like to paint on loose paper, I never really used it, being too precious to 'ruin' it (lol, that is what it'd for!). 

Grandma's Wooden Foldable Sewing Chest - image 1 - student project

So now I started sketching and painting this chest - or parts of it - and its contents. Since I just finished a 14-day challenge, I am now going for 40 sketches or paintings, and I may continue beyond that if I still find it fun and/or beneficial after the 40th one!

ps - this is also the sewing chest where I found the small metallic medication tins that I used for mini-palettes for my body easel!

#1, the chest, closed. Used 2B charcoal and watercolors. On March 21, 2020. 

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#2, the chest, half open. Side view. Used permanent ink with a fountain pen and watercolors. Graphite for the shade. On March 22, 2020. I like the fountain pen a lot! 

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#3, half of the chest, half open, and a lot of spools. Front view. Used ink with a fountain pen and watercolors. On March 23, 2020. 

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#4, the spools inside one compartment of the chest. Top view. Used ink with a fountain pen and watercolors. On March 25, 2020. 

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#5, the needle cushion inside the lid of the chest:

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#6, a spool!

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#7, two pair of scissors. Using ink and watercolor as usual, but also silver gouache for a nice and shiny effect! 

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 #8, seven buttons.

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#9, a crochet needle that got lost in the sewing chest.

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#10, four thimbles. I had a real hard time with the dotted pattern on them. 

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#11, a needle threader. 

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#12, a box of sewing pins. Straight lines, and then 3D, ugh. ;-) 

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Update Dec. 31, 2020! 

#13, wooden hinges. That was fun. Played with dark red tones, came out purplish. Teal for the metallic parts, for some contrast.

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#14, a knob. Playing with yellow-greenish tones. Greener is for shadow, not sure it comes out that way. The brown part has a texture to it, I tried to render it with ink dots. Original was silver, too grey-ish. 

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#15, ribbon. Cardboard is yellow, ribbon is purple. Played with different tones of purple, and the sandy yellow color for contrast. Original was white, too boring.

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To be followed! 

 

Claude C
Acrylics and watercolor artist