ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Surface Design

Happy New Year all!! Over the holidays I worked on samples for my Surface Design class. Suddenly this class is in great demand. I'll be teaching it in Toronto at the York Heritage Guild and in St. Catherines at the Niagara Heritage Guild in February and at the Country Quilter in Richmond on March 25. All my samples are in Toronto with the York Heritage Guild so I had to scramble to come up with additional samples for the other venues.
First let me start with the samples made using Prismacolour Artist pencils. These anemone flowers started with one single piece of fabric. I drew the outline of the flower on paper, traced it to Steam a Seam Lite, fused the shape to a background fabric and used the artist pencils to create the flower. The rest is done with stitching. Normally when I use artist pencil on fabric I just fix it with a hot dry iron, but a bit does rub off during the quilting process. I experimented with textile medium and polymer medium on these and indeed it does ensure nothing rubs off. However, it does add a little bit of a haze over the piece.

Here are the samples using Caran D'Ache Neocolor 2 Water Soluble Wax Pastels (my that is a mouthful!). Better write it down if you plan to get some ... available at art supply stores. What I love love love about these pastels is that after I create my piece, I take a brush and water and all the colour blends and runs. Makes things looser and more painterly. Once it dries you can go back and add crisp lines if you want to.

Shiva Paintstik and Foil samples to come shortly.


  1. I love them, esp that pink one=)

  2. Thanks Jackie. For me it is the blue one, and the rear view of the dahlia. What are you working on? I think you said you will be at the CQA Conference in London in May. We'll finally get to meet! Look forward to it.

  3. I am doing similar experiments with color products. I do like the Prisma Pencils and the Inktense pencils, but they do rub off. I like the watercolor inks, but they really migrate on fabric. The Neocolor crayons are good for small areas. I am also using Micron pen for outline. Interesting to see what you are doing. Try chalk pastel with gel medium.


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