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Having a dilemma with color   General Discussion

Started Sep-27 by sueinIL; 855 views.
sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Sep-27

I'm making a wall hanging with a panel of a grove of beautiful birch trees with golden leaves.   I  didn't notice at the beginning that the sky at the top of the panel is white.  Just white.  Since then I've seen the same panel with a regular light blue sky.  Could I get a tray of the old 8 water colors and put a few licks from the blue into a glass of water to paint above the trees to make a "sky" and have some visual texture? I would just drop the pale, watered-down blue randomly onto the white that is there now.  All of the leaves at the top of the trees are metallic gold and maybe not so absorbent, and I'd try to stay clear of them. Is this doable?  Is there something else I could do to get a subtle cloud effect?  Please send your ideas! All suggestions are welcome!

Sue in IL

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

Sep-27

One of my quilt group takes muslin and washes to get the sizing out, then will spritz with a watered down acrylic paint.  she uses baby jars of acrylic paint, waters it down and uses a spray bottle top to spray the fabric, or a paint brush to drop drips on the fabric, lets it dry then heat sets with an iron.  She uses different methods to put the paint on the fabric, but it is diluted with water.  She does some really cool stuff, sometimes re-dyes the whole piece, using different colors to make the effects she wants.

I would dilute some paint and drop or spritz it on, but I think i would hand wash the fabric first to get the sizing out. I bet it will look great!!

CC (ccase5)

From: CC (ccase5)

Sep-27

I have this painting or reproduction that is by Carol Robinson. Mine has gold near the top of the trees. a big reason i bought it.
just wanted to show you this, soft colorings do look great. What ever you do will look wonderful i'm sure.
https://fineartcanvas.com/products/waters-edge-i-carol-robinson?type=framed_canvas&size=32X24&color=Walnut&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpa2B4r6f8wIVJG1vBB1xXwcQEAYYBSABEgKWAfD_BwE
5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)

Sep-27

Water color pencils work great and can be layered and repeated if different effects are desired.

Cris in MT

 

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Sep-27

Oh Wow!  She does beautiful work!  I think I'm up more for dropping the pale color on the fabric rather than spritzing it.  Up at the top of the panel, there is just scattered "sky" between the leaves,  not large areas.  

If you'd like to see the panel with the added borders, go to the RobertKauffman site and look for Wildwood Grace.  The pattern is free, you just need the panel and whatever borders (including one of 9-patch leaves) you want.

Thank you!

Sue in IL

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Sep-27

Hmmm.  I don't know about water color pencils.  Do you color in an area and then wet it?  Sounds interesting.  Thank you for suggesting it.  

Sue in IL

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Sep-27

Cris, I just watched a youtube video about water color pencils.  They are really neat!  If I go to Hobby Lobby or Michael's, can I buy the pencils one at a time, or do they come in sets?  I think the effect is just what I wanted, and I can decide which spaces I want the blue in.  Thank you so much!

Sue in IL

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)

Sep-27

Not sure if the pencils are sold one at a time.  I bought a set of 24, but with the layering technique, you can really achieve any shade you want.

Cris in MT

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Sep-27

This is a little different process than the video I watched earlier.  It uses "extender" rather than water to blend the penciled areas. As a beginner, I think I'll go for the easier method with water. Thank you for your help. A trip to Michaels is now on the to-do list.

Sue in IL

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