A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Using Freezer Paper Stencils: Figure It Out

An early acrylic  paint experiment was the A3 piece I made for the  Contemporary Quilt Suitcase challenge  'Figure it Out ' It was cut down from a rather dull 24 inch quilt I'd made a  few years earlier  in shot silks with a  backing of a hand printed fabric bought in Australia . The painted results were much more exciting! ( both this and  2 A4 Journal quilts)
"Inspired by Australian aboriginal rock paintings of Arnhemland, particularly the spirit figures ’Mimis'. The act of painting is considered more important than the finished picture which results in layers of paint and patterns, where individual shapes are initially  difficult  to recognise .
  • Front constructed from ‘shot’ silks in blue green and orange ( colours of rock), turned at 90 degreesto reflect light differently. 
  • Screen printed fabric produced by the Injalak is used on the back. The ‘Mimis’ are  outlined by machine quilting from the back following printed figures then contour quilted.

 Acrylic paint in ochres applied by sponge over  freezer paper stencils of handprints.


  1. You are fearless!in your creativity quest! It must take you on some wonderful journeys.

  2. Such a great result and as always loved seeing the process in progress!


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