When I'm on vacation I always like to set aside a few hours in the studio for catching up on fiber art techniques I've wanted to explore. With a New Year beginning, it's a great time to make a list of art goals and then strategize on ways to learn techniques, explore supplies, and improve your skills.
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern
Have you taken any photos lately and thought, "That would make a great quilt"?
I am always looking for a quick project to do on the weekends, and one
that yields a fun hostess gift that can be made in less than an hour is a
welcome addition to my list. I used Thermofax® screen printing, Lynn Krawczyk's charming Thermofax® screens, and a pre-made tea towel, to create these coordinating tea towels.
I've heard of using aloe vera gel as a natural healing remedy for skin
conditions. But did you know clear aloe vera gel can be used to achieve
finer painting results on fabric?
If you love scraps and buttons, I have a fabric art
project for you. Plus, if you enjoy a little paint with your fiber art,
so much the better: this how-to will give you a chance to showcase your
artwork everywhere you go.
I'm at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this week, soaking up all the fabric, quilting, and surface design ideas I can and meeting up with old and new fiber art friends.
Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they can also be the devil to
capture accurately in a fabric portrait. Fiber artists use all kinds of
tricks to make eyes look natural and alive. Some do it with thread,
others with fabric choice and placement.
hen you paint on fabric, you have to be open to serendipity, because no
two pieces of painted fabric are alike. With our free eBook How to Paint on Fabric: Free Fabric Painting Techniques for Texture and Interest, you'll learn how to get beautiful results.
Because the theme of the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine
is "Artists Give Back," we asked contributors what they do to give back
to their communities. Here's a selection of their answers:
One of the artists who taped "QATV" segments and a Workshop was Diane Rusin Doran. I was especially taken with the techniques she will teach in her Workshop: awesome hand dyed-fabric effects with digital imagery. Diane created gorgeous fabrics you would think were made in a dye studio-but were all done digitally.
Usually when hand-dyeing fabric
you're trying to put color in. With discharge dyeing, your objective is
to remove color in an artistic way. You can create patterns on fabrics
using many of the same methods you would use for other surface design
processes, including painting and shibori techniques.
In Quilt Embellishments: 5 Free Quilt Embellishment Ideas including Crazy Quilting and Surface Embellishment, you'll find inspiration and how-tos for creating embellished fiber art in a contemporary way.
I have long admired mixed-media and fiber artist Jeanne Williamson's body of work inspired by construction fencing. For several years now, Jeanne has made contemporary abstractions that combine the grid from these plastic orange fences and rich, textured mixed-media surfaces often using monoprinting techniques on fabric.