106 – Steps of Instruction
My imagery of a funhouse with a rolling barrel entrance perfectly represents the inviting rabbit hole of the internet, but this amusement park attraction needs some corresponding steps to lead up to it. I envision stepping up onto a giant computer keyboard so I drew one out and shaded it to know what color values of fabric to look for.
A trial collage revealed this was not the right method for the look I wanted. The cut fabrics were not aligning perfectly, and a wonky keyboard would not do. Also, it was not the textural look of cement or computer hard plastic. Moving on to fabric paints then. I became so absorbed in the process that I forgot to take photos.
A desire for soft texture and smooth color transitions led me to silk charmeuse as fabric to paint on. Color spreads wildly on the very slippery silk, so first I ironed freezer paper onto the material for stability and then painted on a solution of water mixed with matte medium to lessen absorbency.
I like Pro Chem Textile paints mixed with their Extender, for creating subtle build-up of color. Andrea Brokenshire teaches workshops using these paints, demonstrating how she creates her amazing floral artquilts.
Quick Steps for the stairs:
- Draw an outline of image. Plan where color transitions should happen and make some boundary reminders on your drawing.
- Flip the drawing upside down.
- Trace the upside down (flopped) image onto the paper side of grocery store freezer paper with dark sharpie.
- Iron the shiny side of freezer paper onto silk. You can see your un-flopped image through the silk!
- Using a wide brush, paint on a mix of water and matte medium (about 3 parts water and 1 of medium – no guarantees here, because I eyeball it – too much medium will make fabric too stiff!). Dry completely.
- Patiently paint using the freezer paper outline as a guide. Extender is colorless and does not dilute color intensity like water does. It changes the transparency of paint, allowing color to be built up gradually.
Umm, did I mention patience?Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest