What do you get my husband for his birthday? I know that he loves cheetah’s, actually any cat really. As you can see he has a hat, a denim shirt and a t shirt with a cheetah on it.
So I decided to go to my local library and take out a book of cheetah’s. I had to check the children’s section which is great if you are looking for great photos. I found one that I liked a lot.
I decided on one photo that I really liked and scanned it onto my computer. Enlarged it to a size I liked and printed it out. With a light box I outlined the cheetah onto off-white fabric and drew an outline of his head, eyes, and his main features.
Taking my shiva paint sticks I painted in the rest of the colors and his markings. His eyes I used an iridescent brown to make them stand out. Don’t cheetah faces seem sad to you? They do to me. I think it is the position of their eyes. I then painted in the background a green and tan to act like grass.
I had this really nice brown batik that I added as the borders. I then quilted the areas in the same color as the paint or close to it to add some depth. For the border, I bought different widths of hemp and zigzaged it down in place. Originally I had hemp around the painted cheetah block and didn’t like it so I added ric rac over it.
I had some gold leaves that I added to the corners of the block.
He is now hanging in our bedroom.