We finally had an almost sunny day, so I thought I'd show you how I color on fabric. There are tons of tutorials out there, I'll just add mine to the mix.
I've been using crayons and paint on fabric since the early '90's. The first wall-hanging I ever made was painted with acrylic paints, and hand quilted. It was over six feet long and my own design - I got sick of looking at it after a few years and threw it away. (gasp)
So let's get started - the first thing you'll want to do is gather supplies.
Freezer paper, parchment paper [or copier paper, any paper will do], your design, a non-heat erasing tracing pen [I used a Zig Millennium 03 brown], fabric, crayons, and your iron.
Trace your design onto your fabric.
Cut a piece of freezer paper smaller than your fabric, but big enough to cover the entire design. This is going to stabilize your fabric while you color, and also keep the crayon from going through the fabric underneath when you're heat setting. Making sure the shiny, plastic side is next to the fabric, iron it on the back of your design fabric.
Double-check it before you iron - you don't want that plastic gunk on your iron.
Now you can pull out your crayons! Color in the tiny bits first, it's easier to do those while the crayon is sharp, unless you have a sharpener. If you want light color, use a light touch - you can always add more color after you've heat set, but you can't take any away! [Oops, I went outside the lines....]
Cut a piece of parchment paper [or copier paper, or a brown paper bag] and cover your design - placing design side up on your ironing board. Press with a hot iron to heat set the crayon.
The crayon will melt into the fabric.
If you want to add more color, just repeat the steps until you get the saturation you like.
While your fabric is still warm, peel off the freezer paper.
Using a pressing cloth, this is when I add my fusible stabilizer to the back, and start stitching!
Now wasn't that easy? I believe some company makes fabric crayons, but honestly, any crayons will work just fine....as any mother knows who's tried to get crayon out of clothing. You can mix colors if you like, just layer them lightly until you get the effect you want. I've also used metallic crayons with great success, so pretty!
And now I'm going to put my inner 6-year-old away and go make lunch....all that coloring made me hungry!