Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Using Charcoal on Quilts
The first one is painted fusible on a light colored fabric. I really, really liked the results so I tried it again.
The second quilt has the same painted fusible but now on a darker colored fabric.
Can you tell it is the same painted fusible? Hardly! The painted fusible blends in so well that it didn't have enough strength to announce itself on that fabric. Then I used charcoal to darken the outer edges of the box of painted fusible. WOW! Now you can see the boxes. The painted fusible is still timid and demure in the darker background but with the addition of the contrast around the edges, you know where to look for it.
So, benefit number one for me is to increase contrast to direct the eye of the viewer.
As far as technique goes, I drew along the edges of the painted fusible with the charcoal and then used my finger to smudge the edge out away from the box. When I got it as dark as I wanted it, I then painted the charcoal with a 50/50 mix of water and base extender. While I did not try it, I should be able to throw this little quilt into the washer and the charcoal still remain.