Technique of the Week – Week 3 – Painted Fusible Web

artquiltsatplayToday’s technique comes from my friends’ Jane Davila and Elin Waterston’s FABULOUS book Art Quilts at Play. This book is a treasure trove of surface design techniques for you to try, and they are all really accessible and easy to understand.

That said, this technique is ALL OVER THE WEB in various forms from painting pictures like mine or getting very abstract and creating textured cloth.  Check out these Google results to see what I mean.

Here’s this week’s video!

Week 3
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Time Commitment: Weekend
Cost: Under $5

yr4week3Like I said in the video, it’s a fairly simple process to do.  I personally like Heat N Bond Lite for my fusible, so that’s what I used.  If you have an open weave fusible, like MistyFuse, you can use that too, but it will be more difficult to get shapes like I do above with the fish quilt.

I also used Setacolor fabric paints on the fusible for this project.  Once I let this dry, I cut out my design and fused it down.

One thing to keep in mind is that your painting will be reversed!   I forgot about this as I drew the fish to point the other direction.  It didn’t matter for this design, but it will matter for words or other directional shapes.   And don’t forget about NOT IRONING THE SURFACE AFTER YOU FUSE!  You will iron off your design and not only will it be messy on your iron, it will ruin your project. Give this one a try, it’s easy and fun!