In one of my modern guilds, several of our members have volunteered to teach techniques we want to try out. Some of these may be more “art quilt” than strictly “modern quilt”, but what matters is that the members want to learn the technique, not how it could be classified.
One member who does some fantastic art quilts is going to teach us how to use colored pencils intended for fabric. At the last meeting, she suggested that we get a head start by making a palette of the pencils we have so we won’t be wondering how the color will turn out when we do her project. I had this grid-print fabric from another project, so I used it for my sampler
After reading an article in Quilting Arts about how to use pencils on fabric, I got some textile medium to try To make the sampler above, I brushed a thin layer of fabric medium on the square, then applied pencil. The color went on smoothly while the textile medium was damp.
I haven’t yet tested how colorfast it may be. The woman who will be doing the program applied her pencils directly to the fabric (without textile medium), then brushed with water. The colors had a lovely watercolor-like appearance as they bled a little into each other. I presume the textile medium will hold the color and prevent that bleeding. That would be good for things where precise placement is needed, but of course sometimes fuzzy edges might look better. More to come!
Ooooh I did not know or think about this – using art pencils in this way! I want to experiment too!
Go for it!
Sounds like fun. I want to push “mere” fabric art quilts a bit more before I start adding paint in any form. But no doubt the day will come.
I had heard of fabric markers these pencils are new to me.
I can’t wait to try it!