I have been plodding along with my lime quilt. I have spent quite a bit of time on it over the past week. I love the transformation of a piece of white cloth into something beautiful and colourful.
After the crayoning is done it is time to paint. I use a student grade textile paint. I would love to use a better paint but trying to get them in NZ is very challenging and very expensive. We are a bit more limited here with resources as we are are only a small country and a long way from the rest of the world. We have a lot of quilting stores well stock but not so many store to supply surface design.
The paint is too thick in the container so after mixing the colour I always thin it down to a thin yoghurt consistency. Not too thin as I don't want the paint to bleed into the next area. The crayon only helps a little to keep the paint on the area.
I first mix up a range of colours. The colours used are the same as the pencils and crayons I have chosen. I use a porcelain palette. Because it cleans up beautifully. When painting I use a different paintbrush for each colour. This save the risks of accidental mixing colour as textile paint is hard to get off. Speaking from alot of experience. :) I sometimes do all of one colour first and other times when I need to blend I work with a range of colours at a time.
This is the centre of my quilt finished. I have gradiated the background of the segments to give the piece more contrast and interest.
The only colour I wasn't sure of was the orange. I have decided to leave it and put oil sticks over it if it doesn't work once I have quilted it.
Now for the next exciting bit. Quilting!