Quilt Testers In Action

Quilt Testers In Action


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Pencils on Fabric

Well, I haven't been good about posting for AED Month, but I have been doing the artwork! Here's a round-up of what's showed up.

Day 8
Shell on her recycling bin goat. 

Day 9
Silly bird. 
Day 10
Going nuts. 
Day 11
Space mouse. 
Day 12
Owl.  The sheer fabric did not cooperate with the camera here.
This looks better in real life. 
Day 13
Spooky cat. 
Day 14
Day 15
I had a squiggle on the fabric, and someone asked if I was drawing a stick figure.
 So I did. Sort of. 
Day 16
I was thinking about a hawk I had seen that day.
May need to revise this if it triggers Jade's inner 10-year old. 
Day 17
A fine day.
Day 18
Started with paint blobs, found a polar bear.
He was golfing. 
Day 19 (Today)
Made some squiggles with the pencils, sprayed them with water,
 and let them spread. This is what I saw in the result. 

This drawing project has turned out to be lots of fun. It's hard to believe that so much of the month has already passed! Since I prepared my fabric pieces ahead of time, I've managed to keep up with the drawing. I like several of these more than the others, but that may change once they are stitched and quilted. Do you have a favorite?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Playing with Pencils

So November has rolled around again. I imagine a number of you out there are busy scribbling away on your novels for NaNoWriMo. I don't know how you do that, especially with the holidays approaching! Maybe someday I'll be brave and try a novel, but once again this year I have decided that Art Every Day Month sounds much more doable. The use of Derwent Inktense pencils on fabric has interested me for a while, but I have never made the time to actually try them. So for November, I'm playing with pencils.

We have already reached Day 7, so here are seven small 6"x9" pieces that I have worked on. Besides the pencils, I am also using collage and paint on each piece. After November is up, I plan to go back into each of these with hand and machine stitching. So now, here we go!

Day 1
Of course, I had to start with a bunny.
Day 2
That weird little creature in the middle? Don't tell anyone, but it started life as a badly drawn chair. You can see on the flowers where the pencil color spread. You can activate the pencils with aloe gel or water. You have much more control of how the color spreads with the aloe.
Day 3
In a weird coincidence, the random number generator that I used to choose a number to paint chose the same number as the day! 

Day 4

Day 5
My Wonderland bunny looks like Ginny.

Day 6
The lioness is showing how I feel about political phone calls.

Day 7

I've seen some wonderfully subtle quilts drawn with these pencils.  As usual, there is nothing subtle about mine! But, I think I'm starting to getting the feel for using the Inktense pencils on fabric, and that's what I hoped for. To see more AEDM work, check the Day 7  links at the Creative Every Day blog. Have a great weekend everybunny.