to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again,
31" X 28"
As I said here, this was created in response to a Creative Cue.
First I drew the pig on cotton sateen (I used sateen because I wanted a sheen to the finished piece.) Then I sewed on the borders, planning to extend the quilting out into them.
I layered it with cotton batting and did all the stitching with cotton thread. I outlined the pig first, then did the fence. I followed with the mud and sky background. I used threads that were slightly lighter in color than the colors I wanted to finish with.
When all the stitching was done, I colored the pig lightly with my watercolor crayons and went over it with Golden GAC 900 Fabric Painting Medium. Why use this one? Because it was the largest bottle I had (very scientific, I know). I have been working on a test piece using all the textile mediums I have available to me, but I'm not done with it. I'll put together a post with all my findings at some point.
Then, I decided that I wasn't happy with the quilting in the sky and decided to just go in between the lines I had already quilted. I wanted the whole background to be very flat so that the pig would stand out. That was the reason I chose a wool batt and quilted the background elements very densely.
After I finished the sky, I let it dry overnight, heat set it, then added some little tufts of grass along the fence.
Of course, all this begs the question: Why use the crayons at all? Why not just use paint? Well, the short answer is: Because it's fun! These crayons rock! And who doesn't like to color?
Actually, I like the look of the water color crayons after the liquid has been applied. Also, it's fun to blend the colors. I didn't like the mud when it was done (too golden), so I added some textile paint over it all to give it that "muddy" feel. I may go over the fence with some white paint to give it a "whitewashed" effect. I haven't quite decided. But these crayons are just another tool in the color tool kit. And a really fun one, I might add.