Friday, October 9, 2009

Painting Fabric and a 1st Place

I really enjoy painting fabric and managed to get a little time to devote to it this week. The first photo is of fabric I purposely painted.

The second is of painted dryer sheets

Look how cool they look when you start overlapping them, I just love the texture and transparency that this provides.

Don't the fabrics and dryer sheets look great together?

The final photo is the result of clean up. The darkest muddy one is from cleaning up right after my painting session the others are the result of wetting the surface and cleaning up all the bits of dried paint on it. I like to do this at the end of a paint session just to see what I might end up with.

I do not really "paint"my fabrics (not with a brush anyway) I pour paint onto my vinyl covered table and then proceed to lay or drag the fabrics though the paint until I get the desired look. I almost always, then throw generous amounts of Pickling salt onto the pieces that are then left to dry. The salt will start to "pull" the paint which gives some really terrific effects.

Last week the Quilting Gallery hosted Nature's Best on-line quilt show. I entered pieces in both categories and am so delighted to be able to say that in the Large category my quilt Earthbound placed first. I was given 1st choice of the prizes so I chose the Aurifil threads, I think I might like to try to create a whole cloth quilt with them. Thank you to everyone who chose to cast their vote for my work.


Sharon said...

Congratulations on your First Place win! Well-deserved! (and I voted for your piece - far and away the best one - IMHO)

Love your painted fabrics and dryer sheets. I'll have to start saving those sheets - they are so cool when painted. What kind of paint do you use? I haven't tried the dragging through the paint thing yet - will have to try that.

Quilt Hollow said...

What do you sew with the dryer sheets? Intriguing!
Congrats on your win!!

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Don't you just love playing
with dyes and paints!
Congrats on winning first
place! It's a beautiful piece!
Let us know how the Aurifil
threads works out. Can't
buy them locally here yet.

Mary-Kay said...

Congrats on your first place finish. Don't you love how dryer sheets look after painting or dying? The colour is so luminous>

Diane J. Evans said...

Congratulations, Jill!!! And well-deserved!!

You MUST post a photo showing how your pour the paint onto the surface and then drag the fabric. I usually use a paint brush, and I'm not always pleased with the result. And what brand of paint do you use? These fabrics are gorgeous!


Rosalind said...

Congratulations on your well deserved win. The Aurifil threads are a super prize too!

Love the colours of the overlaps-makes me think of lots of glass bottles?

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations! It's a fabulous quilt!
Love the fabric painting results. I haven't painted fabric sheets yet...looks like fun!

beth said...

wow! congratulations on your win! Love your ideas about painting fabric!

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