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Lava quilt blocks from Spoonflower - part two

My lava fabric that I told you about last week arrived from Spoonflower, and I ironed it out and began to paint it just as soon as I could find a couple of uninterrupted hours. 

1. I was really pleased with the way it turned out.  I ordered a good quality cotton print on a fat quarter, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

2. My first step in adding color was to choose some acrylic paints and water them down a lot.  It was very helpful to have a nice wide margin of fabric around the blocks so that I could test colors.

3. I added thin washes of the colors and built up some layers to make them fade into each other.  I let the paints dry and then heat set them with an iron.

4. While I had the iron out, I added a very lightweight fusible interfacing to the back.  Later, when I cut the blocks apart, this will keep them from unraveling.

5. I used Inktense pencils to add more definition and color to the texture of the lava.  Here (above) it is shown still wet, and below is what it looked like when dry.  You can see in the right margin that I sampled the various pencils before committing to them.  Since they are permanent once dry, I wanted to be sure of my color choices.  Even though Inktense pencils don't really need to be heat set, I ironed the fabric again anyway after it dried just for extra insurance.

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This is looking great! The Inktense pencils really make a difference when used to highlight the pattern. Were they easy to use over the acrylic? Some pencils object to the painted surface. I'm hoping that there might be room for some of the Inktense blocks in my Christmas stocking!
Cyndi L said…
That's the best part!! There's no problem using them over acylics like there is with some other pencils, because these pencils are concentrated acrylic inks! Isn't that GREAT?
Gorgeous!!!! I've been wondering exactly how you were going to transfer your digital gradient idea onto the fabric. Plain old acrylics. Thank you for the how-to on painting fabric and heat setting.
Cyndi L said…
Yup...low tech is the best sometimes ;-) No transfers, I was just using the digital layers to help me decide which direction to go with color.
Cherie Burbach said…
You're the best teacher, Cyndi. I learn so much from reading your blog and your pictures are great. This is looking really cool.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you Cherie! Sometimes when I'm stumbling around in the dark it helps to know that other people find it interesting ;-)