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.
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 remember about ten or fifteen years ago getting rid of my hand embroidery materials/tools. When I was young I hand embroidered everything! But then I became a quilter and wouldn’t be creating hand embroidered piece anymore. Fast forward to 2017 and I was buying back all the tools I use back then. I think now that I primarily machine quilt I’m enjoying the comfort of the slow rhythm of hand embroidery once again.
After embroidering on a quilt (I’ll share in a future post) for the San Diego Quilt Show quilt challenge ; the theme being “Wild, Wild, West” I kept going and made this hat for the block challenge.I first draw the hat on paper, then scanned it into Adobe Illustrator, made it a vector and resized it. I applied white fabric to an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of freezer paper, pressed very well and sent it through my laser printer. I heat set it and hooped it up.
When the embroidery was finished I hand appliqued the underside and the entire hat this a pretty mottled “batik.” And to my surprise I won a Viewer’s Choice second place ribbon! I’m going to ask our historian for a photo of the exhibit; I believe there were fifteen hat block entries… I did a quick walk-by but was pretty busy and didn’t see most of the show and so didn’t take photos outside my booth.
Do you hand embroider? What floss do you used and do you wrap your hoop?
I’m recovering from the quilt show where we had near 400 quilts in the general display and over one hundred quilts for sale in our Quilt Sales booth. I had help from some awesome volunteers, members of SDQS (who are also volunteers!), and from my patient husband (who has helped me with this show for many years). Quilts were on the drapes, on the tables and on hangers… It was a lot of quilts! About a third of the quilts and a pillow in this booth sold.
Because the theme for this show was Wild, Wild West, I designed a turning display rack using chicken wire; my husband build it to display my “For Sale” artwork. Then our daughter said…”You have to put a chicken in there!” so… As with the quilts, SDQS receives a small percentage of any sales.
I’ll share some of my other items in future posts but for now here are my coiled fabric bottle cap magnets which are located on the metal circle on the chicken wire display . I had a bunch of fabric coils left from other coil projects and this was a good and fun way to use them!
I was pleasantly surprised to have won a second place ribbon for a piece I entered in the “Hat” block challenge. I’ll share that and my challenge quilt in the next post. Until then, quilt away!
Working with fabric or fiber most of her life Ann continues to explore the possibilities. Ann’s art quilts have been published and have traveled Internationally. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows. Ann has presented lectures/talks and trunk shows, has taught and on occasion still teaches live classes. She enjoys making videos lessons and demos for her YouTube channel in hopes of encouraging others to give quilting, fiber art, and mixed media a try. Ann admires knitting and crochet, and though she can’t knit and can only crochet a chain stitch, she’s discovered other ways to use yarn!