Birch Trees Table Runner

Paintstik & Stencil Birch Trees

We can always use a little inspiration in our lives. Karen Nickelson just sent me photos of the Birch Trees Table Runner that she created using Paintstiks and the Aspen Tree Stencil. Karen started with White Cotton Fabric, so the Trees would be White. Then used the 12 x 12 inch Aspen Tree Stencil, Brushes, Matte Purple Sage, Payne’s Gray, Iridescent Charcoal, Brown and Pearl White for her creation.

Aspen Tree Stencil showing part one.

Painter’s Tape and Sticky Note Update

The Background was painted in as shown above. Don’t worry if you get paint in the highlights of the Birch Trees. If you look at the two photos below, pretend that the background is painted. Painter’s Tape has been run down the side of the tree, you can now us the Payne’s Gray or Black to paint in the highlights the tape will keep you from getting over-spray on the background. I also use Sticky Notes to help keep my hand from smearing the background while I am doing the highlights. Sticky Notes also help to mask off around those little tiny spots on the branches.

Building the Birch Tree Grove

Karen decided that she did not want to do individual 12 x 12 squares and then sew the squares together. Instead she made the trees appear to be a large grove of Birch Trees. Painters tape and sticky notes became her new best friend.

Aspen Tree Stencil showing two parts

How to Quilt the Birch Tree Table Runner?

It is always fun when I get to consult on a project. I know that sometimes I just need a second set of eyes to take a look. I received a couple of photos that said “1/4 pop of color Brown or Purple?”. The Purple strip just made it sing.

Birch Tree Table Runner Ready for Quilting.

Finished Birch Tree Table Runner

Machine quilted just enough to give it depth and texture to the Table Runner. I love how the background color goes from Light at the bottom (foreground) to dark for the deep background. You can really see all of the branch details.

Completed Birch Tree Table Runner

Close Up

I always like to include a close up photo, that way you can see the details easier. A fair amount of blending going on, so the the color change is gradual seamless. Painters Tape was placed up the side of the tree so the Payne’s Gray detail could be added, using the smallest Stencil Brush. I love how the same stencil can be used and look entirely different. Four Seasons Example. You can fond all of the supplies at Marbled Arts

Details of Birch Tree Table Runner.

Life is an Experiment

Somewhere along the line I have come to view my life as one big experiment. In my studio if something sits still to long it could end up in a dye bucket. Recently I received a bolt of Tone on Tone Cotton Fabric and I have questions.

What happens if you throw it into a dye bucket? What happens it you use paintstiks on the printed part of the fabric? Will it stick?

I tossed it in with some Pansy Purple Scarves that I was dying and a whole new look appeared. Added some Iridescent Gold Paintstik, that had been cured, heat set, washed and dried.

Four Seasons Update

Many of you have seen Four Seasons either on my blog, FB page or in my booth.  It has taken me forever to figure how to quilt and finish it.  Thought I should update you on the progress.
Went with a vertical wall hanging Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Is the Four Seasons finished?  I will let you know when I figure that out.

Goodwill Save!

Bullseye

Karen Nickelson found this orphaned wallhanging at the Goodwill.  Felt like the very light center looked like a bullseye, a distraction from the beautiful colors.  Hummm! Here’s her solution.

Saved

She chose Shiva Iridescent Paintstiks and a stencil to help add some interest, texture and color to the center.  Helped to pull the piece together.  And yes she got the paintstiks and stencil from www.marbled-arts.com  Can’t wait to see what it look like quilted.

Paintstik Playdate

Paintstik Playdate

The thought behind this class is to get you comfortable using paintstiks and stencils.  You will learn a variety of simple techniques using different types of stencils, paintstiks and brushes on fabrics.    We will discuss the care and use of Paintstiks. Explore the differences between Matte and Iridescent Paintstiks.  Discover how helpful primers and blenders can be.  We are going to get out our paintstiks to learn, play and create. Experimentation is encouraged.

Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint on.

Supply List
*Paintstiks – a minimum of 3 colors
*Brushes – a minimum of 3 brushes, I recommend 2 Paintstik brushes (short stubby) and 1 Stencil brushes (a bit longer and softer).
*Stencils – one Art Stencil minimum (stencils for marking quilting lines do not work very well).
*Fabric – Minimum of 8 pieces, no smaller than 14” x 14”.  Please pre-wash using a non-detergent soap (I use Synthrapol).   Cotton – darks and lights, with a pattern or without.  Optional Fabrics – Silk, Silk/Cotton, Rayon, Wool, Velvet (low nap is better).   Must be able to heat set all fabrics.
Paper Towels
Blue Painters Tape
Kitchen Parchment Paper
Sharp knife or potato peeler
Scissor
Sticky Notes
Murphy’s Oil Soap, Citra-Solve or *Brush Soap

Optional Supplies
*Grip-n- Grip
*Permanently Repositionable Spray (404)
Handy Wipes
Old Towel

*These are all things that I have available for sale on my website www.marbled-arts.com.  If possible I will also have everything Paintstik related available for purchase at class.

Sawtooth Mountains

Karen Nickelson made this wall-hanging after visiting the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho this Summer.  She worked from a couple of photos.Sawtooth_MountainsI love the reflection in the lake and the clouds in the mountains.
Mountains_CloudsTake note of the dead snags in the foreground of this photo.
Sawtooth_Mountains_QuiltKaren opened almost every piece of snow dyed fabric I had.  We hung different candidates on the outside of my booth wall (had a corner).  We looked at the different pieces for three days.  This one was the winner.  Karen used Blue painters tape and Payne’s Gray Paintstik to create the silhouette of the trees and added a little thread work to give the trees texture.  I love the fact that she didn’t try to do an exact replica of the photo, but gave you the look and feel of the mountains, lake reflection, clouds and trees.

Butterfly & Dragonfly Garden – Tibetan Curves

Tibetan_Curves_FrontEvery project starts somewhere.  This one started with a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and a jacket pattern.  My Snow Dyed Fabric is dramatic and I did not want it to compete with the body of the jacket.  I hand dyed the jacket fabric and the flannel fabric for the batting.  But it needed something else to give it life.  That lead to experiments with all of the blue paintstiks in my stash.
Tibetan_Curves_Back
Finally selected Iridescent Dark Blue for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  Then I was stumped on how to quilt the pieces.
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Got inspired by an issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.  I do love it when a plan comes together and it turned into a Garden for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  I love the subtle use of the paintstiks.