Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Discovery

I’m Ready for My Close-up, Mr. DeMil has a base coat of Pepto-Bismol pink acrylic and layers and layers of multiple colors of Crayola crayons. Of course, ironing between the applications of color is necessary to set the crayon into the fabric and allowed me to decide if more color is needed.
Highlighting was necessary to visually separate the upper back from the neck. With light peaches and pale pinks in hand, I went to the ironing board with the fabric in order to save some steps. My happy discovery was to find that when crayon is applied to hot fabric, the color instantly melded into the surface. There are no harsh edges from the coloring strokes and very quickly the artist can tell if more/different color is needed.
From now on, methinks heating the fabric before applying crayons is the way to go!
Background is a snow-dyed silk from my dear friend, Nora Jones of Fort Collins, Co.


Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

I like the quilting on the bird body.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

the bird body quilting is my favorite part too!

Liz said...

Inspiration for grids on the bird body came from a book I have had for a long time: The New Book of Chinese Lattice Designs by Daniel Sheets Dye.
Publisher is Dover.