Sunday, March 28, 2010

Complimentary Encounter


Complimentary Encounter, Judy Coates Perez 12" x 12"

I made this little quilt for an exhibit that friends were putting together for the Dallas Quilt Show earlier this month. Some how in the midst of everything I forgot to post about it.

I started this little whole cloth quilt by drawing my design on paper and placing it under white cotton fabric and tracing it lightly with pencil onto the fabric. I traced the outline of the birds and butterfly onto freezer paper with a sharpie then cut them out and ironed them to the fabric to create a resist.


With a wide flat brush, I painted a wash of blue paint partially mixed with white paint over the fabric so that I would get streaks of light and dark blue. This would be very difficult to do if I was trying to paint around the birds and butterfly.


Because there is blue in the color green I knew that I could paint the stems of the plants over the blue background with out a problem.


Painting the orange on the birds would have been a problem because blue under the orange would have created a dull muddy orange instead of the bright clear orange on the birds breasts.

19 comments:

  1. Wow, I love this! The contrast of colours is beautiful. Thank you for showing the process. I will have to give it a try.

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  2. I am always so thrilled to see the process. This is quite lovely, the "extra" detail quilted in the background really acts to give it such dimension. Terrific piece!!!!

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  3. Simply beautiful! Great idea on the birds and butterfly to preserve their brightness.

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  4. Lovely, thank you for sharing!

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  5. I got to see this lovely quilt in person in Dallas! Thank you for sharing the process!

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  6. Another beauty! Love the birds & wonderful colors & texture.

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  7. Love this! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

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  8. beautiful and thanks for the fascinating step by step. you are truly an illustrator extraordinare!

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  9. be still my heart! how beautiful...

    see you at MIU!

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  10. Love when you show pictures of how you paint your quilts. I love process and the results are fabulous!

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  11. Just fabulous!

    Thanks!

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  12. Judy, this is just lovely, and I too must thank your for sharing your creations and letting us in on your techniques. It is most appreciated.

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  13. I love this piece - I have a bird challenge due in May - wish I could clone your work.

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  14. Judy,
    This is really beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Barbara

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  15. I saw it in person and loved it.

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  16. beautiful Judy! Were you using textile paints or inks?

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  17. Thanks everyone!

    Karen this quilt was painted with textile paints.

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  18. Love the birds! I wish I could do birds! I've been painting my quilts too! please stop by my place and take a peek!
    Your colors so clean an bright! I have your CD which I just loved
    thax so much for shareing each step
    lori

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  19. Another beauty! I love how you quilted in more stems and flower buds to echo the ones you painted. (Can't wait for next May when you come to NC!)

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