Sunday, November 16, 2014

Classes, classes, classes!

I know a few of you ask questions on what techniques I used for designing and creating my art quilts.  Although it is simply a raw edge fusible applique, I do use paint, inks, and threadpainting for much of the detailing.

As I was perusing the Quilt Festival catalog back in August, I thought it would be fun to use some different techniques in future quilts.  I will blog about each class, the teachers, and the techniques that I have been inspired to use.  I will share pictures of my samples and share websites for easy access, in case you want to enroll in one of their classes.

Monoprint, Mask & Stamp Fabrics – Teacher Cecile Whatman of Unique Stitching

This was a very fun and inspiring class. Cecile is from Australia and regaled us with many exciting stories!  Our many questions and her open personality let us get to know this wonderful teacher over the course of her class. I could have just sat and listened to her talk all day…gotta love that Aussie accent!

She introduced us to quite a few new things.

1. PFD fabric – prepared for dyeing (Fabric is prewashed or purchased as “PFD”). 

2. Gelli Plates – gel printing plate, new paints and why some paints are used over others.

3. Texture plates – you can see the images these plates leave on the fabric in the picture below.

4. The Jacquard Textile paints work very well with this monoprinting technique. These paints are transparent and otherwise show the fabric from behind.

5. Lumiere paints -  they are opaque, mostly metallic, and pearlescent. They can be used on top of the transparent paints for bolder accents or to cover the area with a certain texture which would not show through the fabric. They can also be used alone for an all over coverage.

The paint is poured sparingly onto the Gelli plate and then spread by a roller.  You then can make your masterpiece with texture plates or you can even use stamps, combs, or your fingers to make the design you desire.  You then put your fabric down on the Gelli plate and press it down on the plate.  Peel your fabric off the Gelli plate after a few seconds, Voila!  Textured Prints!

These samples show different colors on each sample, but you can create your blocks as you want them. I probably will use these samples in some quilt blocks and will cut sections of prints that I want to adorn.   

The top middle sample piece was actually made by rolling excess paint onto a piece of the fabric.  Instead of wasting this paint on paper towels, clean your roller out on a fresh piece of fabric. This technique can make some of the most interesting pieces!  Unless you want to use paper, as you will see in the next few classes, that might be interesting also.

The stamp technique is using a stamp or stencil on top of a background, as seen in the middle left sample with the feather.   It’s a very easy technique as most of us already have stamps in our scrapbook supplies.  You can do this when the background fabric is wet for a more faded look, or when dry to get a very distinct image on your fabric.

Lastly the masking technique is where you want to cover up (mask) part of your fabric or design so that no color will show up in that area.  For an example you could cut a piece of fabric or paper and lay over the feathers (mask them) and put another color over the top of everything else.  When you lift your “mask” from these feathers you would see the under color orange that was originally there and any other color you added would not show up in that area.

So go check out Cecile’s blog and take one of her exciting classes…you will be happily buying Gelli plates and paints to finish up a much needed collection of art fabrics!

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