Thursday, April 29, 2010

Back to the BlueBird

Yesterday I spent some time tidying up my workspace. It had become somewhat unruly from working on the black lab quilt and the Block of the Month blocks. I have a couple of unfinished projects (OK, more than a couple), that I need to get back to. One of those is the blue and green Indian Orange Peel quilt and the other is this bluebird quilt. I decided to start with the bluebird quilt. I am adding more color to the bird and leaves. I had earlier given everything a base color and now I'm going back in with deeper and lighter colors to add dimension.


Here is the main product I use to add the color to my quilt. These are Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Crayons. They are water soluble and become paint-like once they are wet. I also use some acrylic paint when I deem necessary for the effect I am after.


And here is my color chart for the Neocolor crayons. I find it absolutely necessary to create color charts with my paints and crayons, otherwise it's difficult to know exactly how a color will look in the end.


Sue has created a technique project sheet on using the water soluble crayons and also Shiva Paintstiks. The project sheet will be available mid May. If you are interested in learning more about these products, watch for that information in the Three Creative Studios newsletter.

In other news...
Most of you know I belong to a group called Twelve by Twelve, a Collaborative Art Quilt Project. Well our first group of art quilts are currently set up at their very first exhibition at the Australasian Quilt Convention. See photos of Brenda and Kirsten setting up here. Oh how I wish I could see it in person.

16 comments:

  1. Wow! THanks Terri for the idea of the color chart for the Caran d'Ache Neocolor ll. I never thought about making a chart for them, but have done several for my Golden acrylics. Also like the tray you use to separate the colors, great idea!

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  2. Love the bluebird. Are you painting directly on the fabric that is already pieced and quilted?

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  3. I have never heard of this product. Thanks for the introduction. It looks wonderful in your bluebird quilt.

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  4. Lovely. I wrote down the crayon name and I'm watching for the newsletter.

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  5. I think this bird is absolutely stunning! How do you achieve the hard edge when you add water to the neocolor?

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  6. I use the Neocolor II all the time, but you are much more organized than me. I should make a chart, but I just dive right in there. Also, I wonder how you find them for color fastness. Sometimes I get a little fading, but perhaps I am not heat setting long enough.
    I have just discovered Inktense water soluble colored pencils and permanent when heart set. You would love them! They are as named --very intense color.

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  7. How exciting to see your 12x12 quilts going into their first exhibition! Thanks for the link. Bluebird is looking fabulous. Nice tip about making color charts.

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  8. I just love the bluebird! Awesome:) The color chart is a great idea. I just purchased some watercolor pencils and Neocolor crayons myself. So many things to try:) Thank you for your kind comments, I love making fabric paper it is so fun! The book is wonderful and being a part of the challenge has been so delightful:) Thank you. Jenna Louise

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  9. Tons of great ideas and news in this post -- I'd love to try those crayons. I'm anxious to learn more about them -- so many toys, so little time!

    Diane

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  10. It's a good thing I'm not there in person because I'd be drooling on your stuff. I LOVE the bird! I LOVE the yellow background! I LOVE the neocolor charts (hmmm, gotta do that myself -- brilliant, just brilliant.) You always inspire me.

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  11. I love the blue bird it is beautiful.
    Elaine

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  12. I am going to have to try those crayons again. You are blending with water on the fabric right?

    Your bluebird looks great and the color chart is inspired. I have done something similar for my acrylic paints. It really does help.

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  13. Beautiful, beautiful blue bird. Love it. Also appreciate the insights onthe crayons and your chart. Thank you!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  14. Love the sweet blue bird....cool crayons!

    auntie jude

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  15. That bluebird is beautiful! And thanks for sharing a little bit about your process - very interesting.

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