Background Choices for Giant Arbutus Leaf

After realizing that hanging the leaf only would involve issues not unlike the first three. I have decided to have the Giant Arbutus leaf on a background. I will piece it into the background or appliqué it depending on my level of sanity and frustration at that point in the process. I do have a deadline of sorts Sept 25 ready for the FAN retreat. I don’t want too much pressure in that regard so I’ll give myself the week before so I stay vaguely rational!

So here are my choices so far. Some are with the leaf some not but I think you’ll get the idea! Please let me know what you think!

10″x70″ maybe stripped?

Not sure if the darker increases the drama?

Drama with an analogous background?

Analogous colour to the greens in the leaf ..different blues.does it give the leaf the drama?

Love this full sun-printed piece I may not want to cut it up!

Although I really love this piece of fabric it may actually pull the eye away from the focus piece! But I do love it and may never cut it up!

Hmmm try to ignore the folds I was playing with ! Does this colour work as background? I have lots of it!

So I have a variety colours of backgrounds as well as value. Please let me know both what value (light or dark) works best in your opinion? Also which colour works best so far? 

I will be back in my studio by the weekend so I am looking forward to your input!


2 thoughts on “Background Choices for Giant Arbutus Leaf

  1. Lynne Patrick

    Hello Paulette, I like the dark blue which gives a feeling of night time and calm and mystery. I like the idea of the arbutus bark dyed background too but not the colour combo. I also like the sunny lighter valued color as a stronger contrast but likely still prefer the paler green color. I think if you go to a striped background the lines of the striping will fight with the lines in the leaf as two separate entities instead of a complete whole. Love the whole idea of the piece. Keep playing. Lynne

  2. Linda

    Good morning Paulette,
    I absolutely love your work! I just discovered your website and blog. WOW
    I want to take a lot more time to ‘drink in’ all the wonderful pieces and exciting creativity,
    but I will do that later.
    For now, my vote for the background is the arbutus bark dyed silk. I also vote to keep the wrinkles in the silk, as they are an important, yet subtle component to adding interest to the background without over powering the ‘star of the show’ the giant pieced Madrona leaf.
    Thanks for including me in your opinion survey!
    Best regards,


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