This tutorial documents my steps in creating this "Leaf" art quilt using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels.
7" x 7" square of Pellon Peltex 72,
Water Soluble Marker by Clover
I used the following Neocolor II wax pastels: Background: (Top left diagonal half) Naples Yellow, Cinnamon, Light Ochre; (Bottom right diagonal half) Light Ochre, Bronze, Russet. Leaf: Moss Green, Olive, Green Ochre, Gold, Olive Brown (leaf veins).
Next, I applied the pastels onto the muslin. I applied the pastels freely and without much thought. It looks raw, doesn't it? At this stage, this painting doesn't look like it will turn into anything pretty.
The following image shows what the piece looks like after the entire piece has been completely blended with water. Doesn't it look like an abstract piece of art without form?
Next, allow the piece to dry. Sometimes I use a hair dryer to speed up the process. However, the color mixing is interrupted prematurely by using the dryer. If the piece is allowed to dry naturally, the colors will continue to blend throughout the drying process as you can see in the following image. The colors on the wet piece always looks darker. Compare the above image to the following image.
Next, layer the piece of batting over the 7" x 7" square of Pellon Peltex 72, and place the painted fabric on top of the batting. Drop the feed dogs and stitch the outline of the leaf with black thread.
In this image, I added a wavy line of stitching using black thread over the first stitching shown in Step 3.
This image shows the quilt after the excess fabric and batting was cut.
Free-motion quilting using black thread is added. One of my favorite quilting designs is this wood-like stitching.
More free-motion stitching is added to the background.
The quilt is trimmed to 7" x 7" and the edges are finished.
This is how I create most of my art quilts using Neocolors. My technique is not scientific. The results are best if you don't fuss too much about being "exact." This medium is forgiving because you can add color to the painting when its wet "and" when it's dry.
I hope this tutorial makes sense. If not, leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail and let me know.
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Now it's your turn. Time for you to play. Have fun!