This weekend has been busy in an unexciting way. Friday afternoon found me attacking heads with scissors and clippers to deal with an invasion of the goddam nits aka headlice.
I hate the little buggers with a passion. So now my son now sports a number 3 shave and my girl has a cute chin length bob and I'm exhausted from all the washing - head washing, bed linen washing, head washing again and then all the clothes and soft toys lying round just to make sure.
|Fabric medium applied to top two samples.|
In between the washings I managed to get some quilting done on the tweets quilt and then a little experimenting with coloured pencils and wax pastels on fabric.
We were discussing using coloured pencils and fabric mediums at one of our stitching groups lately and how well it would stand up to washing. Well, I decided to give it a go. Suz - this is for you!
The first photo above is the pencils - prismacolor pencils and staedtler aquarell (water soluble) - and the caran d'ache neocolor wax pastels (water soluble) applied to the fabric and then liquid fabric medium (Jo Sonya's) painted over the top of the prismacolor and the neocolor.
(Quick note: fabric medium is stuff you can add to normal acrylic paints to make them fabric paints.)
I forgot to take a pic before I'd put the medium on the first two. In the next pic you can see the difference when the fabric medium goes on and liquifies the water soluble pencil - it blends beautifully.
|Fabric medium applied to all three samples.|
|After heat setting and then machine washing and line drying.|
|Close up of the Caran d'ache Neocolor wax pastels after washing.|
Nice to have this sample. I'll tuck it away for future reference and I think I'll stick with using coloured pencil on fabric if I want to use a method like this.