I’ve received many suggestions about how to add the color to my logo on my logo quilt that I’m making. Everything from paint, fabric, wool and colored pencils. Yesterday I was looking for some kind of resist to outline the area so that if I used paint it wouldn’t spread to the surrounding areas. They didn’t have anything like that but while there I had a light bulb moment and thought of chalk. All they had were sets of chalk and all I needed was red so I left thinking I would go to the “real” art supply store and buy red chalk to try.
On the way home I remembered that in one of my past lives I made note cards and I vaguely remembered buy a set of chalk at a craft show. Sure enough when I got home I found this (who knows how old it is).
And look at all the pretty colors.
You can tell, I didn’t exactly use them very much.
So now for the testing.
Here is the chalk rubbed on a piece of white fabric.
The top one is the red from the box and the bottom is a regular old piece of pink chalk. Obviously since it’s chalk it rubs off. Luckily Marilyn had bought a can of fixation.
She bought it to go over a acrylic painting her granddaughter did for her but lucky for me the one she bought didn’t say anything about acrylic paint but it sound just right for my project. I sprayed the surface several time with just a light spray, letting it dry in between. It looked good but I decided to throw it in the washing machine on warm with a little detergent and then in the dryer. Check out the results.
It’s perfect and I think will give the exact look I was looking for. The only negative is that the surface is now a little rough and ever so slightly stiff. But the color remains exactly the same and the fixative didn’t discolor the fabric. This is a wall hanging so the fact that it is a little rough to the touch is not biggy but it probably wouldn’t be great for a cuddle quilt.
I also tried crayons. I tried several colors on the same white fabric. I then heat set them and threw it in the washing machine. The results were disappointing. It really faded, a lot. I didn’t try spraying with the fixative but I’m pretty sure that would solve the problem.
Here’s the before and after.
I’m sticking with the chalk.