Sunday, November 16, 2014

Watercolour, Crayon, Ink...Fabric or Paper.....Just create!

A few years ago, I had shown a glimpse of my very first project/article for The Canadian Quilter. At that time, I was asked if that pattern/design would become available at some point. Back then it was available to all CQA members....today I am making it available to all my readers to play with however they choose.


The design was called "Celyn", the project was an easy to do crayon on fabric technique ( I have shown it before) as well as a variety of ways to add colour to fabric, whether it is with inks, paint, crayons, pencils or dye sticks....you decide how you wish to do it.

first....you can download the design itself here, it is a PDF, that when printed at actual size will give you something that is about 7.5" x 7.5" (perfect to fit in an 8" block) but you can, of course, enlarge or reduce it to meet your needs

here I will give an quick refresher on using the crayon method.........gather your supplies

Cotton, freezer paper, crayons, permanent marker, textile medium

Press the cotton fabric onto a piece of freezer paper to help keep it stable for the drawing and colouring process. I simply used a Sharpie ultra-fine tipped permanent marker....you don't need fancy pens, these work just fine. I have been using them on fabric for years.


once you have the outline traced, you can begin colouring with the crayons.... randomly apply browns, oranges and greens to the woody stem portion of the design and then move onto the leaves.


Don't worry about being too fussy, continue to layer, build and blend the colours until you have acquired the intensity you desire.


A variety of greens and yellows were used on the leaves and if you look closely at the "detail" photo below, you will also notice that the same red used in the berries, has been used in quick strokes up the center of the leaves to add more depth and interest.


Tip:  you may wish to “test” your crayon choices on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure it is the desired colour.

Once you have finished colouring, the crayon will need to be heat set. Do this by placing the crayoned fabric face down on top of a few layers of paper towel and press from the wrong side, using a dry iron. The heat from the iron will cause some of the colour to be transferred to the paper towel.

When you are happy with your colouring and have heat set it, the next step will be to "seal" it. With an inexpensive artist brush, gently apply a thin layer of textile medium directly over the crayoned area and allow it to dry. There are many brands of textile mediums on the market and can be readily found at an art supply store and even at some craft stores...it should say “Textile Medium” on the bottle

Using crayons as instructed above is only one of the many ways to play with this design.....you could use a variety of mixed media or perhaps use the design as an embroidery, applique, stencil.....whatever you like and however you wish to play.....ENJOY!

This weekend, I decided to play with this design as a way to practice my watercolour technique. I traced the design onto some good watercolour paper, used my dip pen to ink the outline and just had fun watching the colours move about and play together


Then through the magic of a digital scrapbooking program, I thought I'd check to see how it might look as a Christmas card




14 comments:

Kim said...

Thank you Jill how thoughtful of you, it is a beautiful design.

Happy Sewing

Robbie said...

Ditto on Kim's comment above!!!!

Glenda said...

Fabulous!!!!!! I instantly thought card and nearly cheered aloud when I saw you had the same idea. Your painting turned out SO well. Good job!
I'm thinking my grandchildren could have a lot of fun with the crayon idea though. Thanks so much for sharing. I felt like adding a couple more exclamation points there:)

Лара Кузнецова said...

Very nice design! Really love your designs :)

KaHolly said...

Oh, what fun!! Something a little different! Thanks for sharing!

B Hunter said...

Thanks!!! What a nice surprise!

Carmelle Tidd said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Debbie said...

Thank you, Jill....I love this. I am going to try it soon!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Your lovely design looks fabulous on a greeting card. I have pinned this technique to Pinterest. I think it would be a great one to share with my quilt guild.

quiltedfabricart said...

Thank you so much for your sharing of this - I want to try it for sure. I did your pumpkin one and gave it to my mother who brought it to her quilt guild and they all loved it. My mom was proud of me, so thank you for being part of that.

Createology said...

Thank you sew very much for sharing your beautiful wreath design. How fun to get out the Crayola's and play. Your watercolor version is lovely as well. Creative Wreath Bliss...

adailydoseoffiber said...

I have seen this design before but did not know it was yours! Nor that it was made with crayons; how fun. I am going to pin this as well to play with. Thanks so very much for sharing!

Diane J. Evans said...

A great holiday design -- it's timeless, as you've shown here. Love the colors and the tutorial -- I keep forgetting that we can use crayons on fabric. More play time ahead!

Diane

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

I love coloring. So much fun. Great tutorial Jill.

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