Thursday, October 2, 2008

Colorful Days

I made the above mixed-media art quilt a couple days ago. It features a handpainted face on some fabric-backed paper and the colorful background is a piece of paper towel that had been used to catch excess paint from other projects. It is available in my etsy shop.

I've had some questions on how I created my fabrics that I've been showing you recently (like the ones shown here). I'll try to answer that now.

  1. Start with a piece of white fabric.
  2. Using blue gel glue or water-based resist in a squeeze bottle, doodle your design onto the fabric. Let dry.
  3. Paint over design with your color. I have used Dye-Na-Flow and watered-down textile paints. Let dry.
  4. Heat set your fabric. I sandwich my fabric in between two pieces of parchment paper so that the glue or resist doesn't get on my iron or ironing board.
  5. Soak fabric in warm/hot water with tiny amount of soap, (I used synthrapol). Let soak and agitate now and then. When you don't feel any glue or resist on the fabric anymore, rinse well and dry.
Hope that helps. I'd love to see your results if you try it.


  1. This is lovely - I just love your faces!

  2. Beautiful! Love the Autumn colours.

    Thank you for sharing your technique for your fabric.

  3. Beautiful piece, such a sweet and thoughtful face. I really like the colors too!

  4. It's wonderful Terri, I love how you recycled with that paper towel background!

  5. What a great piece this is Terri. Great colors!

  6. The use of the face again on this quilt is stunning. I love that you took the face from your embrace the face project and reproduced it here with the same qualities, but produced such as different set of emotions with the quilt!

  7. Hi Terri, great quilt, is lovely.
    Lindo perfectç
    Greetings from Uruguay

  8. Love reading your blog! Your works are awesome, colors yummy..


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