Crayon Fabric Art Directions
Written by Betty Barnes
Betty's crayon quilts are amazing, I will be adding pictures
of  some of her work from time to time. She has won many  
ribbons and applause for her amazing quilts.
  
The blocks are colored with crayons and hand embroidered.
1.  Fabric
100% cotton; a good brand of bleached or unbleached muslin, poly blend, or tone on tone all
work well.  You can use white, off-white, or pastels.  Keep with the light colors, as the darker
colors will show through your coloring.

2.   PIGMA PEN
Black or brown Pigma permanent marking pen with fine tip.  You can also match the colors to
your design if you prefer.

3.   REGULAR CRAYONS
I get good results using regular crayons instead of the fabric crayons.

4.  PREPARING THE FABRIC
Fabrics are usually treated with sizing or a manufacturing finish.  All fabrics must be washed
and dried in the dryer  WITHOUT  fabric softener before using.  Iron all fabrics to remove
wrinkles.  Make a test sample with crayons and Pigma Pens (to make sure they do not run).

5.  CUTTING OUT YOUR PIECES
For the background, cut the required size including seam allowances.  Cut freezer paper to
back side of the background block, shiny side of the paper next to the fabric to stabilize
your fabric (you can also iron the freezer paper to the background fabric first and then cut
them to size at the same time).  Fold the background into quarters and lightly press to
locate the center.

6.  TRACING YOUR DESIGN (These directions are for making blocks)
Trace your pattern (or cut out your selected design) using a black marker.
Mark the center with "+" then place your design on the Light Table and tape in place.
Place your block onto the pattern matching center"+" with center of your block fold.
Trace your pattern onto your fabric with a Pigma marking pen of your choice.  Set your
marking with a hot iron.

7.  COLORING
Color your designs with crayons using lots of shadings of dark and lights.  Sometimes
outline the edges with darker shades.  The harder you press down, the darker the colors.
Be very careful not to get crayon bits onto your fabric.  If some crayon bits do get onto your
fabric, lightly brush off with terry cloth.  You can usually apply your colors in one or two
tries.  If the color is too light, you can always go back for a second coat,  but be sure and
heat seal between each layer.  If you color too dark, try coloring over with light colors.
Coloring on a smooth surface gives a nice smooth finish.  Textured surfaces sometimes
give a very dramatic background.  Make sure there are no threads or objects under your
coloring surface or they will be imprinted in your coloring.

8.  SETTING THE COLORS
Peel off the freezer paper and place your design between a folded Teflon pressing sheet (or
use two sheets).  Place inside your old pillowcase to protect your iron and ironing board.
(optional).  Using cotton setting on your iron, press your design for 10 seconds in each spot;
pick up the iron and move to the next spot.  DO NOT GLIDE OVER THE PATTERN; DO NOT
SCORCH YOUR FABRIC.  Remove your design from the Teflon pressing sheet and repress
with paper on top and bottom to remove any oils,  Which may be left in the fabric.  The
Teflon pressing sheet helps to embed the color into the fabric.  Be sure and wipe off your
Teflon pressing sheet to remove any color.

9.   THREADS
Outline design with one strand of black embroidery floss or you may want to match the
colors of your design.  Other threads may be used.  Rayon adds a nice soft sheen, but is
more difficult to work with (by hand).  Metallic thread adds a little sparkle.  Variegated thread
adds an  interesting look.  You can let your imagination run wild with all kinds of looks.

If it becomes necessary to wash, I recommend to hand wash in cold water using quilt soap.
Lay flat to dry.
Tip:  This tip is from the Quilt Bug website and I think it will be very helpful for people that want
to wash their crayon art quilts.  If you make a crayon art quilt that will go on a bed it will most
likely be washed more than a wall hanging.  The Quilt Bugs tip to help set the color is:  do a wash
of clear textile medium or transparent textile paint (like Seta color) over the crayons to make it
more permanent.  What a great idea.  Thank you Quilt Bug.
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Quilts of a Different Color.  It is full of great instruction and beautiful examples of her work.  
I really love the way Irena colored in the quilted feathers.  She also uses textile medium to set
the color.