Color on Quilts
As I go through quilting magazines, I see lots of ideas I want to try. I get as far as pulling out the inspiring articles and filing them in one of my numerous notebooks. I tell myself that one day I will go through the notebooks and try every single technique in them, but usually, the ideas languish in the notebooks.
But the August/September Quilting Arts magazine had a technique I had to try immediately. There’s an article called “From Sketch to Stitch to Color” by Ana Buzzalino, about using Inktense watercolor pencils on fabric. Buzzalino creates small wholecloth quilts on muslin, and then colors just a few areas. Since I actually had a tin of Inktense pencils on hand, I tried the technique within just days of reading about it.
The brown butterfly is kind of a dead spot, but I do like the blending and swirls in the flower and green background area. ( I might could save this piece with sequins or something covering up the butterfly, but it is just practice.) Working on the piece gave me more ideas. I wondered if I could use the pencils to color in tiny areas within free motion quilting patterns, to make it look like I was awesome at piecing! I also wanted to try some watercolor effects. And another quilter in my quilt group had shown us a “herky-jerky” outline stitch with applique, to add a sketchy effect, so I wanted to see how that would look with the Inktense colors too.
Also by this time I had found my one little bottle of textile medium. (It was in a Tupperware container up by the spare flashlights and extension cords in the pantry, just in case you’re curious. Or thinking to yourself, “Where is my textile medium?”) So I wanted to apply that instead of glazing medium, and see how that worked.
I really had fun with the apple – I don’t know if you remember those old painting shows on PBS, with some German gentleman who would turn out a landscape in 30 minutes, but that is where I learned how to paint an apple!
I did have trouble with the tiny spaces in the swirly design – I don’t think I would be able to fool someone into thinking I actually pieced that. But it was worth a try. I do like the watercolor effects in the pebble quilting, and I could use that apple on some 50s style kitchen textiles. The textile medium made a huge difference, and the fabric is pretty soft.
I had so much fun with this! If it looks like a fun technique to you, I would encourage you to look at that issue of Quilting Arts. Buzzalino’s examples are gorgeous. In every issue, the contributors are so creative, and so generous about sharing their techniques and tips.
And your textile medium was with the flashlights and extension cords because… ? 🙂
This looks like fun. I get the magazine, too, but mostly I just enjoy seeing others’ execution of great ideas. Someday I will reach in that direction…
Four years ago we downsized into this farmhouse that my husband’s family used as a weekend place (and storage unit) for 40 years before that! So it was full of stuff and we brought plenty more with us! I keep moving things around trying to find the perfect spot – I had an empty plastic bin and an empty spot on the shelf, so I just put it up there and then I couldn’t even see it! Someday I really have to get serious about the minimalist look I like! 🙂
So lovely and I enjoyed seeing your processes, it’s very interesting to see how others work.
Thanks, I love to read others’ process posts too, so sometimes I get brave enough to post practice projects!
Thank you for your kind words and for trying the technique. I hope you enjoyed it. I like your samples and it is nice to know that other people are trying it. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Good luck with your work.
Wow! thanks for stopping by! I am planning to use this technique on a project for my first grandbaby – I should be able to unveil it about Sept. 22. I’ll tag you again so you can check it out.
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