Leap for Joy – Choosing Fibers

You’d think that picking the fibers for the lamb would be a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, I’m allergic to wool, so that was out.  Instead, I opted for Alpaca wool yarn.  This gives a natural look much like sheep’s wool, but without making my hands itch!

Leap for Joy Fibers by Carmen CS

Leap for Joy Fibers, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, please bring comforting things into this family’s life and help them grow in their walk of faith.

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Leap for Joy – Painting the Background

Finally, I paint the background.  I’ve chosen to paint it unevenly, as I may decide to leave it openwork.

Wild Colors 10 Leap for Joy 5x7 cu by Carmen CS
Wild Colors 10 Leap for Joy 5×7 cu, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you surround us with green fields in which we can romp and leap for joy!

Leap for Joy – Painting the Lamb

The outline anchors the lamb and makes painting it easier.  Here the design starts to come together.

Leap for Joy Lamb by Carmen CS

Leap for Joy Lamb, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, we are your lambs.  We look to you for protection, healing, comfort, and guidance.

Leap for Joy – Painting the Outline

In painting a design like this where the background is painted and much of the figure is white and therefore unpainted, it works well to paint the outline of the figure first.

Leap for Joy Ghost Canvas by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy Ghost Canvas, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, please bring this mother back to her family in health and joy.

Leap for Joy – Painting Joy

Rather than yellow, I painted Joy in metallic gold.  This will make it pop!

Leap for Joy Joy by Carmen CS
Leap for Joy Joy, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

Prayer: Father, let joy shine in their life!

Show Me the Way – Painted Canvas

The painted canvas – on decorative cream and gold metallic canvas so the background will not be stitched…

Tulips Painted Canvas

Prayer: Father, please help those she gives care to and those who love them to value her as they ought and to support her rather than undermining her.

Valley of Shadow – Painting complete!

Here is the complete painted canvas.  Now I can start picking threads.  The key on the right shows each shade I will need, so I can make sure I have all the fibers necessary.  But I will refer back to the original photo for fine-tuning of the colors.

Insp18 Valley of Shadow by Carmen CS
Insp18 Valley of Shadow, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.

One note: I have not been reporting my progress in real-time.  Painting actually took me about a week, and since then I have moved on to stitching.  I’ve been reporting in bite-sized chunks, both for your understanding and to break up the writing :-).