Back in June I had the pleasure of teaching my How to Paint Fabric Leaves class at Visions Art Museum .
The class was full, with fifteen willing participants, who surprised the heck out of me. They were so enthusiastic and by the end of the class were experimenting and coming up with their own original leaf designs.
Besides the leaf earrings I was wearing… near the end of the class I shared several projects that began with the painted leaves. I’ll share more about those projects in future posts.
One of my favorite projects is beading the leaves and applying pin backs or magnets. Here are just a few works in progress… They’re additive!
I’m looking forward to teaching the class again as well as other leaf project classes. The online lesson for How to Paint Leaves on Fabric is at Curious.com.
I’m making waves on fabric, with Caran d’Ache Neocolor ll wax pastels that is! I use these wax pastels a lot and really like what can be created with them.
I was using them to make landscape background elements but I wasn’t using them alone… under my fabric I placed a piece of very course sand paper. As I was working it occurred to me this technique could work for frothy waves!
So I played around, liked the results, and published a very short demo video –
After the video I made a couple more pieces. These are tiny (4″ x 5″) but I’m sure the same technique could be used on a larger scale. The wax does require heat setting, and depending on the amount of wax rubbed onto the fabric, may still rub off. Caran d’Ache does/did make a fixative (most likely not intended for wax pastels used on fabric), but it is pricey, due in part to extra shipping as it is considered hazardous.
On the piece below I gently foam brushed a little regular gel medium over it. It did smear/blend the pastel a bit as I brushed and lightened the intensity of the white but I’m okay with that. Once dry it did work and the pastel no longer smeared. I think a little hand stitching to add white highlights would work but it may leave holes if machine stitched.
This one is wrapped around a small panel canvas. I think set on a little picture stand/easel it could be a neat display for someone who love the beach! Shells, charms, or beads would be nice additions too. As usual – endless ideas!
Just a quick post to say… I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching at Visions Art Museum in June!
When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall: Hand painted Leaves with Ann Scott
Monday June 24, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Visions Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
$35 VAM members$50 nonmembersplus $5 Class Kit payable to Instructor
into some fun by making unique fabric leaves that can add a special
touch to many projects. Students will learn to “paint” leaves on fabric
using wax pastels, water, and a round artist brush. They’ll learn about
the wax pastels; their properties and characteristics. Supply list
available upon registration.
Registration open now! For more information or to register, call the Museum! (619) 546 – 4872
I’ve come up with a new technique and posted a video for a fun hand painted fabric using Terial Magic, the spray stabilizer I’ve written about in the past.
I like to have a variety of different painted fabrics to use (don’t we all!) as backgrounds for stamping, stenciling, embroidery, and/or machine stitching or just patchwork. I’m looking forward to painting more and using these mottled pieces!
If you are interested and get a chance to watch the video, I appreciate it! Thumbs up on the video and questions are always welcome.
I’m working on all kinds of things getting ready for the San Diego Quilt Show (I’m Lead for the Quilt Sales booth again), but I’ll be posting more videos as I can.
If you are an experienced machine quilter/embroiderer or thread play person, this may not be for you but I hope it is encouraging for people who have been wanting to give machine thread play a try. Thanks for watching!
As I was looking through files to find some information about that video I found several clips I hadn’t remembered filming. They were of the machine quilting, thread play, and How-to for cutting the two tiny quilts out of the fabric.
So I’m editing the clips for the part 2 video now but it is taking some time (You may remember that my editor moved out, though he may still come to my rescue on this one!). Anyway, here are the finished tiny quilts.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post the part 2 video shortly.
I’m happy to say I have a few new lessons and a new course on Curious.com and will be adding more soon. About Curious.com… “Curious is an innovative and engaging marketplace that connects lifelong learners with exceptional teachers from around the world.” “Curious offers a free trial which gives you a week of Curious+ at no cost. Enroll in some lessons, browse the collections – try it before you buy it!” Curious.com, I’m amazed by all that is offered there; everything from dog training, to mixed media art, to how to tango!
Some of my new lessons are…
How to Painted Leaves on Fused Fabric
How to Make Fiber Art Paper
How to Make a Foam Flower Stamp and How to Make a Mixed Media Tag.
The tag is made using the fabric leaves, fiber paper, and the stamp.
I will also be posting new videos on my YouTube channel as soon as I can and have re-uploaded a couple older fabric painting videos that had to be edited (music changes), here’s one of them…
I have been working on videos, some will be on Curious.com and others on my YouTube channel. One thing leads to another and where I thought I was just making a How-to Paint Leaves on Fabric video, it turned in several projects. I actually have two leaf videos; one for making the autumn color leaves featured here and the other is a how-to paint the green leaves which will be painted on fabric that has fusible on the back.
Here is just one of the projects… It is a reverse canvas using the leaves I painted, wonderful fibrous paper, paint, a mixed media dragonfly, and a real vine branch. It’s no masterpiece but it was fun to work through and make.
The blue background w/gold stamped dragonfly is fabric I painted for another project but I like how it worked for this one.
I only wish I had been videoing this project. I guess there may be another reverse canvas in my future but first I’m going to make an art quilt using more of these leaves because I just love painting them!
I made a little canvas for my niece; Thanksgiving and her birthday fall on the same day this year. The kitty design is one I used in a small art quilt some time back that was published in Quilting Arts magazine. The photo isn’t great, the kitty is actually in black marker (on my monitor it looks blue). Hand made flower stamp and the end of a chopstick used to make the dots.
Painted fabric, marker, stamped and wrapped around a 4″ canvas.
I want to do more little pieces like this and add some stitching, it was really easy and fun.
I hope you do whatever makes you happy in the coming holidays and I thank you for stopping by my blog.
I have been quilting for over twenty years. The last several years I have focused on creating quilted fiber art and hand painted fabric. I have also enjoyed sharing and teaching my original techniques and designs.
I love to cut things up - fabric, glass, tile, stone - and put them back together in new ways. See more of my work on my website: www.fiberdesignsbyann.com