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Art For Quilters

Learn basic art principles you can apply to fabric compositions

With: Marilyn Belford
Skill Level: Intermediate

Learn basic art principles you can apply to fabric compositions

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4 Lessons
Type: Ebook Workshop
Price: $42.00 or $57.00
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NOTE: This course runs for a 10 week period starting when you sign up or your own designated date.

Open up your horizons. Marilyn shows you how to bring the basic tools of an artist to the world of fabric. From a still life to a landscape, she explains how to get exciting results by applying the artist's methods and composition tools to your quilting. Learn how you can create quilts of emotion and depth. This course will give you a new perspective that will change how you approach your quilting projects. Simple exercises will let you practice what you learn without a major project commitment. 

Supplies Required for Workshop

  • Paper for sketching.  Do not get fancy here.  Simple all-purpose paper is good.  I have kept the samples at 8 1/2" x 11".  However, the size is optional, and if you desire to make the dimensions larger, adjust all the paper sizes.
  • Tracing paper.  Match the size you choose for sketching
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Pens of assorted colors (mostly fine points). Include black.
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Scissors (not your favorite)
  • Steam-a-Seam 2.  It does not matter which weight of Steam-a-Seam 2 you use, but you must make certain it is tacky on both sides (hence the number 2 in the name).
  • Assorted pieces of fabric.  This is a good chance to use up those leftovers you have been unable to throw away.
  • Muslin for the foundation.
  • A work surface that can be propped up for viewing.  Perhaps a piece of cork board (which can be ironed on), or a piece of foam board (which cannot be ironed on).  Both can be stabbed with pins.  Either should be large enough to contain the desired finished dimensions (plus a little extra).  You could also cover a piece of corrugated cardboard with batting or felt.
  • Tweezers (optional)


Lesson One:  The Shape of Things

  • Relationships
  • Elementary Shapes
  • Translating it to Fabric

Lesson Two:  Structure

  • Dynamics
  • Lines: Vertical, Horizontals, Diagonals, Curves
  • Tension
  • Format
  • Groupings
  • Fabric Exercise

Lesson Three:  Color

  • Basic Concepts
  • Relationships
  • Composing the Design
  • Movement
  • Fabric Exercise

Lesson Four:  Perspective

  • Creating the Illusion
  • Vanishing Point
  • Aerial Perspective
  • Scale and Proportion
  • Using Shapes to Control Eye Movement
  • Creating Your Own Composition

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