techniques and elements project

Art Quilts 5-7

The next three mini quilt samplers:

5) all dressed up

“all dressed up”
fabric manipulation, fabric paper, foiling

Canvas
Muslin
Hand dyed cheesecloth
Fabric paper scraps
Cotton fabric
Foil sheet – rainbow stripes
Foil glue
Felt batting
Tissue paper
Elmer’s glue
Mod Podge Fabric Glue
Sharpie – dark green
Glass beads
Thread – variegated
Bone folder

The fabric paper quilt top was made by saturating muslin with diluted Elmer’s glue then topping it with strips of tissue paper and cheesecloth. I ripped and randomly placed both the paper and cheesecloth in a way that allowed some of the paper to show through. Unpatterned placement in art tends to add interest and texture. After it dried, I made the quilt sandwich and free-motion stitched for additional texture and color. The dress is canvas that was colored with foil using foil glue and a bone folder to rub it on. The dress was outlined with a dark green sharpie to give it some dimension. I manipulated fabric paper scraps I had in my scrap bag and made the pin and apron. Making the pleats in the apron and the gathers in the pin was not an easy feat. The paper tore but I didn’t mind at all. In fact, it turned out to be a happy accident because of the textured look it created. I’m into texture, wonky and messy. Can you tell? But I digress. The apron was machine stitched to the dress. The fabric paper pin and glass beads were hand stitched on. The last step was gluing the dress to the background using fabric glue.

Tip:  Outlining an element or motif with a dark or contrasting color can really add dimension and interest. If you find your piece is looking flat or washed out, trying outlining.

6) gold speckled heart

“gold speckled heart”
gel medium, gel printing, gold leafing

Muslin
Felt batting
Golden Fluid Acrylics – burnt sienna, phthalo green
Golden Gel Medium Coarse Molding Paste
Gold leaf flecks
Ornate heart stencil
Text stencil
Gelli plate
Rubber brayer
Palette knife
Polyester thread – copper

After covering the Gelli plate with paint using a brayer, I placed the text stencil on top of it then carefully laid the muslin on top. The same was done for the heart and bands of color. I placed the heart stencil back over the initial heart print and stenciled on coarse molding paste that I mixed with gold leaf flecks using a palette knife. After everything dried, I made the quilt sandwich and free-motion quilted the heart.

Tip:  Gold leaf flecks tend to float around a lot. They are beautiful but not all that easy to work with. Work slowly and deliberately with the medium.

7) marked up

“marked up”
hand stitching/embroidery, jewels, markers

Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Plastic jewels
Fabric glue
Pearl Cotton embroidery thread #5 – yellow, orange
Sharpie markers
Alcohol (spray bottle)
Cotton thread – variegated

The little girl who used to love her new box of crayons and coloring book resurfaced within me when I began this sampler. The markers took on a life on their own and I just began drawing shapes, filling up with muslin with color. I sprayed it with alcohol which causes the inks to bleed and merge into each other. The fumes were pretty strong. The smell eventually dissipated as it dried. The muslin was put on top of the felt batting and I added the embroidery. The jewels were glued on and the quilt was assembled.

Tips:  Use gloves and protective eye glasses when working with alcohol. Also, work in a well ventilated space.