More Fabric Fun

Now that I have discovered typing single handed (for me) is slower that slow, I’m going to make this as short as possible. The fabric pieces I’m sharing here were done with one hand, I do believe with two functioning hands I would have gotten better results. Some times it’s just more about having fun!

As usual, the pieces may look different on each of our screens and in person. In keeping with my previous posts I made three additional Neocolor wax pastel exploration pieces. The purple piece is created the same way the gray wrinkled piece was. See the captions for some of what I did for each piece. Photos on the right are the dry and pressed flat pieces.

For the above – I colored plexi with blue wax pastel and then orange cross-hatch, laid wet fabric on top, gently smoothed, and left flat to dry. I was going for a plaid look but my daughter says it looks like reflections in the water – I agree and really like this finish.

For the landscape i drew a simple landscape on plexi and laid wet fabric on top, smoothing with my hand until all pastel met with the fabric. Pulled the bottom of the fabric to make some ripples and pulled some down from the top for clouds.

If you color any fabric with Neocolor II wax pastels, I’d love to hear/read about and see your artwork.

By Ann Scott

I started sewing and designing using fabric, thread, and paper when I was a child. I taught myself to make quilts, at first not following the "rules," then watched some experts, learned the rules, and made many hand quilted and appliqued quilts. I spent years focusing on miniature landscape quilts. Now I am a fiber and mixed media artist and that encompasses everything I have a passion for. I have taught, lectured, and my work have show nationally and internationally, some pieces have been published.


  1. Thank goodness there’s still some fabric play you can do right now. I especially love the last piece that to me looks like a butte in a western movie. I don’t recall you saying, but what type of fabric(s) is/are you using? Cotton, silk? I assume this works best on a fine weave. Also, I assume I could use a glass sheet instead of plexiglass. I look forward to trying out yet another way to play with my Neocolors.

  2. These pieces are the 100% cotton that Anthology Fabrics dye their batik on, so yes very tight weave. I think glass would work just as well as long as it grabs the pastel and the pastel doesn’t just slide across the surface. I look forward to learning about your experiments.

  3. I am not any type of an artist or dyer, but I am utterly fascinated by the items you produce while you are “just playing”. I think your results are spectacular even if you only used one hand. Like Joanna, I saw buttes on your last photos.

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