Monday, February 9, 2015

Day #9: Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour

It's Day #9 of the Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour. Today, I'd like to introduce Jennifer Coyne Qudeen. I've know Jennifer for many years. We first met when we both were showing work in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Back then, Jennifer was making colorful woven baskets. Her work has gone through a major sea change since then...rust and teabags!

Jennifer gained an appreciation for fiber arts early as her mother and grandmother hand quilted and crocheted. Baskets were particularly fascinating and in 1982 she learned the fundamentals of weaving with reeds and other natural materials.

During the next 20 years, Jennifer’s work evolved from traditional, functional baskets into vibrant abstract wall pieces that were studies in color, movement and texture. She became a juried member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA in 2002 and participated in many nationally recognized art shows including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Jennifer’s focus changed in 2006 when she fell in love with mark making. Continually experimenting and pushing her artistic boundaries by asking what if, she now combines her passions for tea, mark making, direct rust printing, stitching, photography and storytelling to create artist books and wall pieces with a wabi sabi aesthetic.

Stop by Jennifer's blog today and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Fabric Printing at Home.

Valentine's Day T-Shirts 

Here's a quick project for making some Valentine's Day t-shirts! I did two in kid's sizes...wouldn't these be fun to make with kids?
You'll need: A flat work surface covered with plastic, t-shirts (I didn't take the time to wash the ones I used, but I suggest doing softeners); opaque fabric paint (your choice but suggest including white); foam daubers or stencil brushes; glass palette (to spoon on and daub paint); freezer paper; pencil; craft knife (or scissors), ruler; disappearing marker; masking or blue painter's tape; doilies (or other "found" textures that can be used as stencils); small paint brush; pencil top eraser or pencil grip or other objects that can make a small repetitive print (See Eraser Fun on p. 44, Fabric Printing at Home); piece of cardboard covered with plastic (insert into shirt to keep paint from reaching back side of shirt); iron and ironing board; pressing cloth.

1. Measure and cut a 6" square of freezer paper. Fold the paper in half and draw and cut out a heart shape. Save both the heart shape and the "negative" cut away (See Freezer Paper Fun: Masks and Stencils on p.62, Fabric Printing at Home).

2. Use the disappearing marker to mark the center-line of the t-shirt. Decide how far from the neckline you want to have the design. Center the negative cutaway (which will act as a mask) on the drawn line and iron to the shirt.

3. Insert the plastic-covered cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back of the shirt from paint applied to the front.

4. Mix a background color for the heart. Spoon some of the color onto the glass palette and use a foam dauber to pick up the paint. Apply the paint to the open area of the freezer paper mask.

5. Add some texture to the background color. I used a doily. Mix and apply paint through the openings of the doily. (See Create a Collage Design with Layered Textures on p. 30, Fabric Printing at Home).

6. Tape masking or blue painter's tape around the perimeter of the freezer paper mask.

7. Remove the freezer paper mask. Let the paint dry.

8. Iron the heart shape you originally cut out over the painted heart. Now you can start working on the background.

9. Mix a color that contrasts with the painted heart and apply it to the shirt with a foam dauber.

10. Add some details with either the end of a paintbrush dipped in paint or use a pencil top eraser.

11. Set the paint following the manufacturer's instructions. I used an iron and pressing cloth. Once set, you can wash with mild detergent using cold water in the delicate cycle.

Voila! Festive Valentine's Day t-shirts!

Today's giveaway is a disappearing ink marking pen. I like to use this pen to line up prints. The markings disappear over a short period of time. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I will choose a winner at 11:00 PM Eastern USA time. Check tomorrow's post to see if you are the winner. Your comment also enters you in the final drawing on February 15 for a free copy of Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects.

And now for the winner of yesterday's giveaway (a package of four 1" foam brushes)...congratulations to Laura ! Please email me with your contact information ( so I can send off your prize.

Tomorrow the tour stops at Deborah Boschert's blog. Deborah has lived all over the USA and takes inspiration for her beautiful art quilts from the many places she's lived and people she's met.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the Tour:
February 2: Lisa Chin

February 3: Lynn Krawczyk
February 4: Jane Davila
February 5: Carol R. Eaton
February 6: Judy Gula 
February 7: Susan Purney Mark 
February 8: Teri Lucas 
February 9: Jennifer Coyne Qudeen 
February 10: Deborah Boschert 
February 11: Lynda Heines 
February 12: Cheryl Sleboda 
February 13: Terri Stegmiller 
February 14: Jackie Lams


  1. This looks like a great project to do with the grandkids when they're a bit older

    1. Hi Marcia- Very easy...thinking of doing it with my nieces and nephew.

  2. What a fun way to decorate t's for the kids. I can think of so many motifs to use.

  3. I wish I had known this technique when I used to decorate tshirts with my kids. We used lots of premanent fabric markers. Always nice to know about a marker that really disappears. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the was fun to make the shirts1

  4. Love the hearts. My teen probably would not go for this (guy) But, anime? Maybe. LOL

    1. Hmm...yeah...probably NOT hearts! Anime could be cool.

  5. I have freezer paper, paint and t-shirt and ready to begin...thanks for this clever approach!

  6. Replies
    1. You're welcome...they were fun (and fast and easy) to do.

  7. This looks a fun technique - thanks!!

  8. Great idea for grandkids tees. Thanks.

    1. Yes...I can't wait to try it with my nephew and nieces!

  9. Wish all of my nephews and nieces and great-nieces and -nephews lived close enough to play with. We'd have a ball doing these kinds of projects. One great-niece says her favorite thing to do is "arting."

  10. I like the use of positive and negative together to form a design. Thanks a lot for this technique instruction(s). Walking home today, I was thinking of a heart with flames motif. Perhaps this post will kickstart a concrete idea in my head. :)

    1. Norma...would love to see that design when you're done!

  11. Thanks for the very clear tutorial. Lots of possibilities with many shapes to start.

    1. Yes...I can imagine lots of different designs using this technique.

  12. Thanks for sharing the very clear tutorial. Lots of ideas now!

  13. That little red crochet heart is absolutely adorable!