So before I sail off to join the mermaids, I'll show you what I did about a year ago, when I made my flower lady quilt. I reckon I will use basically the same process for the mermaid quilt.
It all started with a watercolour painting in one of my art journals:
Before I start working on the actual quilt I like to research my methods and make samples. I hadn't used Derwent Inktense pencils in an art quilt before so I did some tests to find out how they would work.
I like to work with layers in my art quilts, and it's fascinating to see how the individual layers, which often don't make much sense on their own, will make perfect sense when combined. I'm sure there's a metaphor of something important hiding in that observation.
The bottom layer with fused raw-edge and painted appliqué
The silk organza top layer, spray painted, and with a freezer paper mask to protect the face
Silk organza, spray painted and further enhanced with Inktense pencils
The layers combined
Free-motion machine quilting in progress
Machine quilting finished
Hand stitching to add final details
The finished art quilt, which I've had the fortune to be able to display in three exhibitions so far.
I loved working on this quilt, and now I'm really looking forward to getting started on my next girl! Yay!
My plan for a mermaid quilt
I want big eyes, but I think I overdid it a little this time, so it needs a bit of tweaking. But I'm excited to be on my way. I'm also planning a mermaid doll. Yes: mermaids are The Thing for me right now, and I'll go with the flow, follow the tide, dive in and immerse myself in the subject. 😊
Thank you for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!