I have no idea how much of the original post is lost after my attempts to get my sidebar
back where it belongs.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated 15 days
after the Chinese New Year and in 2006, the Lantern Festival
was on February 12th.
In one legend, the Jade Emperor in Heaven was so
angered at a town for killing his favorite goose, that
he decided to destroy it with a storm of fire. However,
a good-hearted fairy heard of this act of vengeance,
and warned the people of the town to light lanterns
throughout the town on the appointed day. The
townsfolk did as they were told, and from the
Heavens, it looked as if the village was ablaze.
Satisfied that his goose had already been avenged,
the Jade Emperor decided not to destroy the town.
From that day on, people celebrated the anniversary
of their deliverance by carried lanterns of different
shapes and colors through the streets on the first
full moon of the year, providing a spectacular
backdrop for lion dances, dragon dances, and fireworks.
My goal was to use the oil pastels and see how they worked. I found a photo online
of a lantern festival and used it as an inspiration (much simplified).
Regardless of many attempts to set the oil pastels, they faded
and rubbed off when I began quilting. (Have recently read Karoda's comment about
using diluted gel medium to set regular pastels and will try that next time.)
Here are some of the early sketches and use of the oil pastels. I really did like them
although they did not show up as well as I'd hoped. The small piece I used to experiment
on as I worked on the JQ had a particularly difficult time because I handed quilted it
and that meant even more handling. I decided to machine quilt the JQ, but it didn't fare
and my quilting gloves ended up with much of the color.