Hi, Linda Kittmer here...today I'm going to show you how I used Margaret Applin's Heart Swirl stencil and some water soluble media to start an art quilt.
I began with a piece of muslin that was treated with PVA glue (you can read about that here), which gives it a lovely texture.
Although it looks great as is, I decided to add more water to blend the colour further so that the white stencil pattern would have a fainter tone of the same colours. Once that had dried, I added some Inktense pencil to outline the shapes within the stencil pattern and then activated that, again using the wet brush. As with the Neocolor II, Inktense is also permanent once it dries, and it works beautifully on fabric.
You'll notice that I also brought the softer shade of the colours out slightly beyond the actual stencil design. You'll see why I did that later.
Using a couple of different blues (Neocolor II again), I lightly coloured the background around the heart. Because of the wonderful texture of these crayons, this literally took me seconds to do!
This photo really shows just how vibrant the colour is when the water is added!
And here I am at the sewing machine :o)
I'm using an off-white thread to 'thread doodle' tiny circles to create sort of a lace effect. I added this stitching to all of those lighter areas, both around the outside of the heart, and within the pattern of the Heart Swirl stencil.
While 'thread doodling', I got a better idea for how I want to use this heart in the art quilt I'm planning, so I ended up cutting out most of the background. The blue from the background will still be used, but in smaller strips. To see how the little art quilt turns out, please drop by my blog next week (or sooner if you want to see what else I'm up to ;o) ). I plan to work on the art quilt over the next few days, so I'll post about the finished piece over on my blog next Wednesday.
Until then, thanks so much for visiting StencilGirl Talk today. I hope I've been able to inspire you to pull out your art supplies and have some creative fun!
Update: You can click here to see how I've used this piece is a small art quilt.