DD has been busy trying out a new technique, combining stitchery and coloring in with her Copic markers. She drew a butterfly, and then colored it, stitched it… and called it Embroidery Art. She has a free pattern up on her Craftsy account and took pictures for a quick tutorial.
DD does a mixture of digital and traditional art. She doesn’t paint, but she does draw and then uses Copic markers to color in…. these are pretty expensive markers, used by Manga artists and others with that same style. They blend nicely and you use special paper for it.
So we were talking the other day about stitcheries and she said she really didn’t like drawing them because she doesn’t like the outline work – it looked boring, she said 🙂 I said, well, maybe you can color them in… because pigment pens are starting to be used in quilting now… so you should see if you can use your Copics the same way…
A few hours later she’d tested them on fabric, and the next day she had a pattern ready with a few pics of how she did it.
There’s really not much to it, but I thought I’d pop a quick tutorial up here along with the link to the free pattern.
Embroidery Art Step 1
Using a light box or a window, trace the design onto your chosen fabric. We like to use Frixion pens….
Embroidery Art Step 2
Using pigment or alcohol based pens like Copic Markers (they won’t wash out), color in the design. Make sure you don’t go too close to the lines because the pens tend to bleed. Try it on a sample piece of fabric first until you get the hang of it.
Embroidery Art Step 3
Using your thread of choice, embroider all the outlines and linework, using backstitch or your favorite embroidery stitch.
And there you have it, a finished piece of Embroidery Art to use for a wallhanging, quilt, bag…… I’m thinking I could make four of them with different colors and turn them into a lap quilt… but I have to go find some pigment pens first!
You could also partly applique this design.. and use the pens for the smaller parts… a cheats way of applique perhaps 🙂
Anyway, if you would like the pattern you can download it free, just click on the picture above. Oh, and we’d love it if you shared the link!
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