Saturday, September 25, 2010

Next Stage of Bird

Here's the quilt top with the bird from the previous post. I drew details with a colored pencil and finished it with a layer of acrylic varnish to protect the drawing. Next, I pieced it with other sections of similar surface design technique plus some commercial fabric. I used machine decorative stitching and hand stitching with French knots and seed beads.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Freezer Paper Demo

First, I made a copy of a bird photograph and enlarged it to 150% of normal. (Easier to work with.) I then cut it out with small craft scissors, then traced around it onto freezer paper. Then, I ironed it onto fabric (shiny side down). At this point I painted over the image with acrylics (don't thin them down too much - the paint will bleed under the mask). Next, I thinned out the colors with water when further away from the bird to soften the effect. Two examples follow.

First Bird

This bird mask was painted over on unbleached muslin. This image is strongly contrasted with the paint around it, and needs enhancement with more details; first overpainting in a soft tone, and drawing with a gel pen, colored pencil or sharpie.

This is an example of a freezer paper mask over pre-dyed, (or commercial) fabric. I used stamps to embellish around the bird. It's not necessary to go any further and draw details on the bird if that's not your strong point.

One of my new transparent collages

Summer Dance

Summer Dance
One of my collages