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.

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.

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.
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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.

Dragonfly & Ginkgo Leaf Jacket

Dragonfly_FrontThe Dragonfly and Ginkgo Leaf Jacket is one of the first pieces of clothing I made using paintstiks and stencils.  It was the most nerve racking by far.  I had just enough Hand Dyed Fabric to make the jacket, any mistakes could have been fatal.
Dragonfly_BackThe dragonflies are all done using Iridescent Silver, with a few having Iridescent Dark Blue bodies.
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The Ginkgo leaves were more of a challenge.  Matte Beige was used as a primer, followed by Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green.  I used Iridescent Gold for a light wash over to top to add just a little sparkle.

Four Seasons

Four_SeasonsFour Seasons is a paintstik & stencil project.  A real attention grabber.  It is created using the Aspen Trees Stencil and the Mini Iridescent sets Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Matte Ivory Black.  White Silk/Cotton Fabric is the base fabric,  in each panel I started painting in the background using the lightest color of the season, followed by the medium, then the darkest.  When the background was the way I wanted it, Blue Painters Tape was applied to the outside of the trees.  The Ivory Black was added to add definition and show off the trees.

Falling Leaves Jacket

Kimono_Jacket_FrontFalling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets.  It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention.
Kimono_Jacket_BackThe original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric.  I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels.  Below is a close-up of the back panel.
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The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket.  The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
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