It's time for another fabric giveaway from The Printed Fabric Bee
. This month's Queen was Lesley Riley.
She requested the theme, mosaics
and the colors yellow, orange, purple and fuchsia. Here is her inspiration photo:
The Hive got to work and here is this month's very
colorful giveaway collection of 6" squares:
After some false starts, I decided to keep it simple this month. On one of my trips to the local dollar store I picked up these foam counting blocks. I found the foam marshmellows
at my local Michael's craft store.
Many of the counting blocks were already attached looking like a set of tiles. I reinforced them with masking tape.
I wanted the circle design to overprint the tiles but look like it was actually part of the tile. I used my x-acto knife to cut a cross in the center to match up with the intersection of four tiles.
I used my favorite fabric paints, Pebeo Setacolor. To create the background color, I mixed two transparent colors: Cobalt Blue and Parma Violet and added water (ratio 1 part paint to 2 parts water).
This created a rich violet-blue which I painted on the fabric with a foam brush and then put aside to dry.
Next I mixed up a series of Pebeo Setacolor Opaque colors in cream, orange, yellow and violet. I decided to use a foam brush to apply paint in order to give the prints a bit of texture. I painted the taped counting blocks with the cream, occasionally leaving an unpainted square.The painted tile block was turned over onto the violet-blue background and pressed to release the paint.
After printing the entire background with square tiles, I went in with individual foam squares and the incised circle to overprint colors.
Here is the final 12" square piece for Lesley.
Now for the giveaway particulars...Leave a comment on Lesley's blog
or over at The Printed Fabric Bee Facebook page
under the picture of the Mosaic Fabric Giveaway. You have until March 15 to leave a comment. Lesley will draw a name and post the winner on her blog and on the FB page. It's really a colorful collection this month. Lots of Spring colors...do you think we're ready for Winter to end?!