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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Background Check - Bonus Post 1 - PARTING THOUGHTS

Our time is now almost over.

I hope you have been inspired, excited or just entertained!

Just a couple of other thoughts and examples of some backgrounds that didn't make a whole post.

1) Use untraditional fabric

Here is a small piece I did that has a background of purple velvet. (Good thing I didn't paint on it! YIKES!!)

Deep Purple Sea
Different untraditional background fabrics can give a new interest, texture and depth to a piece. I have often wondered about using burlap sometime.  Hmmmmmmmmm

2) Use parts of fabrics to create parts of a background.

In this piece I was using all batiks. One batik in my stash had an overall pine twig print. Needing pine trees for this background, I took just one twig, cut it out (an art quilt form of fussy cutting?) and the twig became a whole tree.

Sky Gazer
Sky Gazer - detail

A lot of batiks and perhaps other commercial fabrics have bits that can be used for other purposes than their original intention! 

Only one more post and it is one you won't want to miss!!! So be sure to be back here on Wednesday to see the finale and to get a taste of something to come in Jan/Feb on FIRE!!!

Kelly L Hendrickson


  1. This has been a fabulous month. I have loved every post and all of your creativity. I do hope you will be back next year!!!

  2. Thanks, Kelly. Lots of great ideas. :)

  3. Thanks Beth! And I definitely am planning on being here for the next year!

  4. Thanks Elle! I'm glad you enjoyed this month!


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