Congratulations to betsyb who said:
oooh ... i would love to own these and work this technique ... many darling grandchildren who will benefit from your *gifts* ... LOL ... oh, yea, ps ... i love your quote on the banner and the clip ... we have much in common!
...and Desi I did count you 'cause I'm nice like that and I can!
Finally! I have
So how does one achieve this awesomely easy look?
You will need:
Colored Pencils (more on that soon)
Textile Medium (found with the acrylic craft paints)
Brushes in different sizes (love these, $3 at Walmart)
Scrap piece of fabric or muslin
There are 2 ways to go about this. Tinting before quilting or tinting after quilting. It's up to you so experiment with it. The Peacock quilt was tinted once all the quilting was done. The Birdie block was tinted before any quilting (see below.)
For this tutorial I will be outlining the steps with the Birdie Block (which will someday be turned into something - but you wanted a tutorial right? Beggars can't be choosers!)
So anywhoo do as follows:
1) tape down your pattern so it doesn't move as you are coloring
2) tape down your fabric on top of your pattern (use some painters tape)
3) start outlining and coloring in your pattern as desired.
4) you may choose to color it all in or work in sections (up to you)
5) when you are done with the coloring/section take a brush and dip it in some textile medium and go over each area (wash and dry off brush between colors)
6) Take your piece over to your ironing board and lay your scrap piece of fabric over your item. press to set the colors. Some colored pencils have more pigment and will stain your scrap piece of fabric. It's better to get that excess color stuck to a scrap of fabric rather than your iron. I didn't exactly check, but I would imagine that the color that got transferred to your scrap muslin might get transferred to other fabric so be sure you are pressing on a clean area every time!! You don't want to end up with color transfers where you don't want them!
7) Follow the instructions on the bottle of textile medium for the amount of curing time before washing your fabric. Some suggest 24hrs, others suggest a whole week!
A word about colored pencils:
I tried this out with cheapo pencils and premo pencils. They both worked but gave very different results.
The Birdie block was dome using $0.97 Rose Art Pencils. Regular colored pencils have a hard lead and are referred to as hard lead pencils. They didn't blend as well and a lot of crosshatching is required to build up depth.
The Peacock Quilt was done with premo Prisma Color Premier pencils. I forget the actual price since I got mine in College 7 years ago sheesh has it been that long? The come in boxes of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, and 120! They are much softer and are referred to as soft lead pencils. The Prisma Colors trump the Rose Art on pigment quality and content. They are also way more expensive ($12-$80+), but use a Michaels or Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon on a set of these and you are ready to go.
The Prisma Color pencils went on like buttah. I was able to blend colors together before and after I added the textile medium. Once the textile medium was added the pigments acted almost like paint, mixing and blending wonderfully. You can't even see the pencil marks on the peacock quilt. You can't even compare the richness of the colors! The Prisma Colors are so rich and deep just gorgeous! Hands down I prefer the Prisma Colors, but I can see myself also using the cheapo pencils as well.
Just so you know there are other brands of artist grade soft lead colored pencils.
So how about a little give-away? One lucky winner will receive a set of Rose Art pencils, a set of Rose Art brushes, and a bottle of textile medium. Everything needed to get started!
Leave a comment for 1 entry.
Post about the giveaway on your blog for another entry. (Then come back and let me know in a separate comment)
Oh and make sure I have a way to contact you!
Winner will be chosen by random number generator on Saturday night. Entries must be received by 7pm central time. No international entries because I don't think I can ship the liquid textile medium through the mail.
I'm not going to check every blog link but if your name gets drawn I'm definitely going to check and if you are lying you'll be disqualified from this and any future giveaways I host. So play fair!