techniques and elements project

Art Quilts 14 & 15

These two quilts are the last of the project.

14) “445”

“445”
stones, sun printing, thread painting

Sunlight
Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Golden Fluid Acrylic – ultramarine blue
Piece of foam sponge
Sea stones
Metallic thread – gold
Polyester thread – copper
Found objects – old keys, metal no.4

To create the sun printed quilt top, I spread the paint out on the muslin with the sponge, making sure the muslin was highly saturated. It was a nice sunny day so I put the fabric outside on the grass and placed the metal number and the keys on top. When it was fully dry I removed the objects and added the felt batting. I thread painted inside the little openings within the object’s shapes then hand stitched the stones onto the quilt. Added the cotton fabric backing.

Tip:  Metallic thread is iffy when machine stitching. I used a metallic needle and the thread still broke intermittently. Stitching slowly helps.

15) “puffy pear”

“puffy pear”
tie dye, transfer (digital), trapunto, trim

Muslin
Cotton fabric
Felt batting
Jaquard Textile Color – golden rod, olive green, sky blue
Rubber bands
Plastic container
Beaded trim
Polyester fiberfil batting
Polyester thread – copper
Transfer Artist’s Paper
Royalty free image – pear
Inkjet printer
Latex gloves

After randomly tying the rubber bands around the tightly squeezed muslin, I put the fabric in a plastic container and squeezed out paint on top of it, purposely leaving some white spaces. I squished it with gloved hands to work the paint in and left it to dry overnight. Somehow the green took over but the tie-dye effect was a success. The pear image was printed on Artist’s Transfer Paper, cut out and then ironed onto the quilt top. The fiberfil batting was put under the pear shape and I stitched an outline around it to create the trapunto effect. I then trimmed of the excess fiberfil and made the quilt sandwich. I free motion stitched around the pear to bring out the puffiness. The trim was added to the bottom.

Tips:  Although many paints nowadays are non-toxic, if your hands are going to be dabbling in a lot of paint, as a precaution it may be best to wear gloves. Regarding, trapunto, it is best done using polyester batting. It creates more dimension than cotton batting.

design

Choosin’ Is Hard

In the elusive pursuit of having the discipline to make art daily and because of my recurrent indecision about how to begin a project, I have decided to adhere to a list of surface design ideas which I compiled one day while procrastinating. The intention is to incorporate each individual technique or element on the list into a project everyday sticking to the alphabetical order. Here is the list if anyone would like to play along:

3-D applique

applique

batting

block printing

burning (safely using a heating tool)

clay

collagraphy

devore

drawing with pen/ink

embellishments

fabric manipulation

fabric paper

foiling

gel medium

gel printing

gold leafing

hand stitching/embroidery

jewels

markers

masking

mica

monoprinting

natural dyeing

over dyeing

painting

painting fusible web

paint mediums

paintstiks

paper

printing/painting using found objects

resin

resists

rubbings

sequins

shisha mirrors

stamping

stenciling

stones

sun printing

thread painting

tie dye

transfer (digital)

trapunto

trim

This should be a fun and challenging exercise. Why am I doing this again? Oh yeah. That discipline thing. I’ll start tomorrow. Wish me luck!