I treated myself to a box of Derwent Intense 24 Ink Pencils earlier this year, and an online class from IQuilt entitled “Artistic Painted Applique”. The instructor, Linda Poole, showed us how to first create a pallet of color to familiarize ourselves with the variety of ink pencils in the pack.
After Ironing some freezer paper onto the back of a piece of white cotton, I drew some circles and filled each in with a different color of the Inktense Ink Pencils.
Adding textile medium brings the pencils to life…
They react like watercolor or paint on the fabric.
Next I backed a piece of stabilizer to the back of my fabric & sketched a bird I’d seen at our feeder earlier this year.
Then it was just a matter of coloring and adding the textile medium to blend it all together.
The color is beyond the sketch lines because I needed to that cut it out and fold over the edges to applique.
I usually start with an overall idea of what I want to do…many times from a photograph I’ve taken. But this time I worked “backwards”—having to come up with a background scene to place my little bird on. It took me awhile to figure out what that would be. The bird seemed to want to perch itself on a branch of some sort. I was lucky enough to find a beautiful batik in my stash that worked perfectly for a background.
I drew in some lines where fabric “branches” would be fused, and cut various sizes of leaves out of a multicolor orange batik for the leaves. Next came the free-hand overall quilting to accentuate the veins of the leaves and down each branch. I decided on overall “pebble” quilting for the background around the bird and some branches/leaves.
I also quilted other free-hand stitches, including outlining the bird (and his feet)…
and a feather stitch on the top portion, and swirls/meandering on the bottom.
After trimming, I added folded triangles to each corner to make it easy to mount on the wall with a simple thin wooden dowel and one nail or hook.
And I “framed” it with a black binding.
The Red Breasted Grosbeak I saw earlier in the spring hasn’t come back, but this quilted art wall hanging will be a permanent reminder of his beauty! Hope you enjoyed watching the process!
Until next time,