Holding My Mouth Just Right

I recently added paint to a quilt!  Gulp!  This is something I’ve only done once or twice, so I definitely had to get my courage up.

It helped that I had done a bunch of painted exercises a few months ago.  So, I did some practice samples, held my mouth just right and gave it a go.

I had started this quilt at Quilting by the Lake, back in July, and had completed the fabric composition.  After putting the quilt away for a few months, this is where I picked it  up.  I wanted to add some sheer swirling elements to the background.  With paint.  Gulp again.

Translating Sketches to Color. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I had previously done some experimenting about how to best add a sheer layer with monoprinting. From that I knew that a certain scrap of shelf liner worked well.  Like this.  I thought it looked quite good.

Painting on a quilt: GULP. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But, it pretty much disappeared in the lighter patterned areas.  Clearly, I’d need to beef it up some how.  Back to experimenting.

Painting on a quilt: GULP. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I figured out I could stencil on another light coat of paint to get my desired effect.  Like this.

Painting on a quilt: GULP. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I used freezer paper to mask out the quilt areas that I wanted to stay paint free.

Painting on a quilt: GULP. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And this was the result. I was happy with it.

Painting on fabric. Gulp! Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

At this point, it was time to start thinking about the quilting design.  I’ll show you what I did in the next post, plus something a little unexpected.

Ellen Lindner

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8 Responses to Holding My Mouth Just Right

  1. Laura Gottlieb December 16, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    Lovely piece–before and after! Fascinating to see how you added a sense of transparency to parts of the quilt with paint. I also loved seeing what you did in Jane Davies’ online class: I’m tempted to take it myself. It’s always fun to see what directions you take on your adventures as a quilter. I’m standing by to see how you quilted this piece….can’t wait!

    • Ellen Lindner December 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      Thanks, Laura.

      Jane’s class was very worthwhile. Although I’d already done a bunch of exercises from her book, so there was some overlap. I chose one of her archived classes, which means there was no interaction. I’m a self-starter, so that was fine with me. Others might prefer interaction and feedback. Of course, those classes cost more.

  2. Ingrid Bischoff December 16, 2017 at 10:01 am #

    I love that you share your creative process! Thank you and
    Have a merry Christmas

    • Ellen Lindner December 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Glad you’re enjoying my comments, Ingrid. I’m just so chatty!

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Linda Steele December 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    I loved the effect you got, makes me want to get out my paints again, looking forward to seeing the quilting.

    • Ellen Lindner December 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks, Linda. It was both easy and effective, so I’ll be using this technique again.

  4. cindy michaud December 17, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Amazing how just that subtle touch pulled it all together and added a very different texture element to look at. Here’s a cheer for mixed media! Glad the mouth technique worked!!

  5. Ellen Lindner December 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Oh yeah, the mouth technique is absolutely required! 🙂

    I can definitely see myself doing this again.

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