Jane and Elin would like to thank . . .Jan Grigsby, Deb Rowden, Amy Marson, Christina Jarumay, Tim Manibusan, Casey Dukes, Matt Allen, Teresa Stroin, Nanette Zeller, Rebekah Genz, Diane Pedersen, Claire Oehler and the staff of the Country Quilter, and the collaborating and student artists who made this project possible.
Jane would like to thank . . .. . . her familyespecially Carlos and Samantha for their unflagging support and encouragement, as well as their good-humored tolerance for dusty corners, half-finished sentences, and late-night deadlines.
Elin would like to thank . . .. . . David for putting up with her and letting her do whatever she wants for the past twenty years; Lexi for advice and inspiration; Loren Anderson and the staff of the Katonah Art Center; and Ryan, Jeff, and Rhett for the music.
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Art quilts at play / Jane Dvila and Elin Waterston.
Summary: Art Quilts at Play was developed for artists of all
levels who want to try new things, experiment with art mate-
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ISBN 978-1-57120-530-8 (paper trade : alk. paper)
1. Quilting. 2. Textile painting. 3. Art quilts. I. Waterston,
Elin II. Title.
Printed in China
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
for Carlos, besos . . . Jane
for Louisa, cha cha cha . . . Elin
Clima, by Jane Dvila
Nancy, by Elin Waterston
INTRODUCTION. . .4
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK. . .5
GLOSSARY. . .7
S E C T I O N 1 Materials at PlaySurface Design
C H A P T E R O N E : Fabric Creation. . .8 Mixing Color, Fabric Dyeing, Simple Screen Printing, Nature Printing,
Found Object Printing, Stamp Making, Fabric Painting with Water-Based Resists, Bleach Discharging, Images on Fabric
C H A P T E R T W O : Special Effects. . .50 Paintstiks, Fabric Inks, Water-Soluble Pastels, Painted Fusible Web,
Gel Medium, Expandable Paint Medium, Shrink Film, Metallic Foil and Leafing, Pearl Ex Powders, Art Glitter, Angelina Heat-Bondable Fiber
C H A P T E R T H R E E : Student Gallery. . .74
S E C T I O N 2 Artists at PlayExploring Creativity
C H A P T E R F O U R : Challenges. . .77 Subject Challenges, Word Challenges, Process Challenges
C H A P T E R F I V E : Collaborative Projects. . .82 Fabric Art Journals, Surprise Package, Exquisite Corpse, Mixed Media Art
C H A P T E R S I X : Art to Trade. . .92 Artist Trading Cards, Fiber Art Postcards, Small Art Swaps
C H A P T E R S E V E N : Connections. . .100 Online Groups and the Internet, Small In-Person Groups,
C H A P T E R E I G H T : Collaborating Artists Gallery. . .104
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS. . .107
INDEX. . .109
RESOURCES. . .110
ABOUT THE AUTHORS. . .111
Imprima: Pescado, by Jane Dvila
5H O W T O U S E T H I S B O O K
Motif created by painting with Jacquard water-based resist and fabric paints
Motif created with painted fusible web
for you to get a basic understanding of as many techniques as possible. Even if you dont have an imme-diate use for everything, youll have the knowledge to pull from when a project comes up that could benefit from something described here.
We also encourage you to partici-pate in collaborative art projectswhether its an Artist Trading Card swap, a more complex project, or something you develop and host yourself. Any participation in projects with other artists can inspire and challenge you and help you find your place in the art world.
Most of all, we encourage you to play with artistic techniques and explore materials that are new (or new to you) and keep pushing your-self to learn.
Often, the best way to master tech-niques is to play and experiment. This book includes instructions for a variety of surface design techniques and special effects, but many of these instructions should be considered suggestions rather than rules. Although certain rules apply for some techniques, you should feel free to try your own thing and do a little rule bending. We are presenting a few ways to use some materials and techniques, but these are by no means the only ways to use them.
We encourage you to try all the techniques and materials presented in this book. Some will appeal to you, some wont. Thats OK, because nobody likes everything, and not every technique is appropriate for every project. We feel its important
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Motif created with Shiva Paintstiks
SuppliesAlthough many of the surface design techniques covered in this book use common materials, each will require some specific supplies and equip-ment. In general, the better your supplies and equipment, the better the outcome of your project. That said, its not necessary to break the bank. Start out with small amounts of supplies, try different brands of paints and dyes, buy one screen-printing screen or lino block, until you find your favorite materials and methods. We recommend using either fabric paint or acrylic paint for many techniques. Fabric paint usually requires heat setting to render it permanent. Acrylic paint will cure in 24 days and not require further setting.