Impressionist art quilt

I painted this silk fabric a a month or so ago . I liked it, but how to turn this fabric into an art quilt? As usual, I needed to run things around in my head for a while. What techniques to use? To applique or not applique? What style quilting to use? Lots of choices available, which ones to use.

I have found that using applique, a lot of thread painting, or dense quilting, tends to obscure the fabric design. Which in this case, I wanted to highlight.

I finally worked out the plan of action. Keep the focus on the painting itself, no fussiness to detract or obscure. I have found that the more I add to the fabric; applique, thread painting, dense quilting, the less the background is noticeable. It covers the design on the fabric. Since I’m dye/paint my own fabric, I often have this debate with myself going on.

What I liked about this fabric was it’s impressionist style, the way it resembled a watercolor.

.New piece of silk painted and ready for next step

I kept thread painting to a minimum, a little to add grass that faded off into the background, creating the “meadow”. With the quilting, although needed , keep wanted to keep it unobtrusive.

I finished it and posted on Etsy.

A nice thing happened. A rep for Pebeo Company, Setacolor contacted me. They need an art quilt which utilizes Setapaints for display at the Quiltcon show. They will have a booth and want a quilt to illustrate how Setapaints can be used in Art Quilting. This is the quilt that they want.

We’re still working out the details, but it is a done deal.. I am so excited that they asked me and it is such a good product that I genuinely love. The consistency is perfect for what I do, it is a permanent dye like paint, it can be diluted or thickened to suit the need. The selection of colors are great.

I generally paint my silk with a diluted form. I use Setapaint to create my silk “paintings”. For this quilt, I used watered down Setapaint, in a wet on wet technique, to create the impressionistic style.

I love how versatile they are..No they didn’t solicit any comments on my part, I am speaking from genuine appreciation for the product. So I’m jived!

Wildflower Medow

Impression in a quilt

Wildflower Meadow

Wildflower Meadow

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Ann Johnston new workshops for 2012

Here’s the skedule and regristration information for Ann Johnston’s  new workshops. Registration opens soon, January 10th, so make your plans for an awesome experience!

Beautiful new workspace

Join Ann in her own studio in Lake Oswego, Oregon, for fabric dyeing and quilt design workshops. To insure maximum individual attention to each person’s artistic interests, there will be only 4 participants in each of the 2012 classes.

  • Registration OPENSfor all workshops January 10, 2012.
  • Registration CLOSES for all workshops February 10, 2012.

1. Begin with Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing

  • May 12-14, 2012
    3-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $660

2. Add Dye Painting and Printing to Your Options

  • May 17-20, 2012
    4-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $830

3. Silk Only – Understanding the Alternatives

  • May 23-27, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes silk, dyes and lunches: $1090

4. Focused Dyeing

  • July 20-24, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $1040

5. Untangle Your Design Decisions

  • November 1-5, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, including lunches: $925

6. Using Your Own Hand-dyed Fabric

  • November 8-12, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, including lunches: $925

> Registration form

> More information about studio workshops

> Email Ann with a brief description of your particular interests in order to help her place you in the most appropriate workshop. Registrations will be confirmed in the order that they are postmarked. If the workshop you wish to take is filled, Ann will return your payment or make arrangements with you for another workshop or a place on a waiting list.

Join Ann in her own studio in Lake Oswego, Oregon, for fabric dyeing and quilt design workshops. To insure maximum individual attention to each person’s artistic interests, there will be only 4 participants in each of the 2012 classes.

  • Registration OPENSfor all workshops January 10, 2012.
  • Registration CLOSES for all workshops February 10, 2012.

1. Begin with Color by Accident: Low-Water Immersion Dyeing

  • May 12-14, 2012
    3-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $660

2. Add Dye Painting and Printing to Your Options

  • May 17-20, 2012
    4-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $830

3. Silk Only – Understanding the Alternatives

  • May 23-27, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes silk, dyes and lunches: $1090

4. Focused Dyeing

  • July 20-24, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, which includes fabric, dyes and lunches: $1040

5. Untangle Your Design Decisions

  • November 1-5, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, including lunches: $925

6. Using Your Own Hand-dyed Fabric

  • November 8-12, 2012
    5-day studio workshop
    Tuition, including lunches: $925

> Registration form

> More information about studio workshops

> Email Ann with a brief description of your particular interests in order to help her place you in the most appropriate workshop. Registrations will be confirmed in the order that they are postmarked. If the workshop you wish to take is filled, Ann will return your payment or make arrangements with you for another workshop or a place on a waiting list.