For this piece I went back into my stash of fabrics that were either digital or inkjet prints. I was happy to realized that the mountain fabric I had purchased was in the same color scheme as my own design I had printed at Spoonflower several years ago. From there it was just a matter of deciding on my final concept and design. I love layering textures and unexpected elements in my pieces. The two bands of different rock and sky pieces were cut offs from one of my Arizona themed pieces. I love the contrast of the brown tones against the main color of pinks.
The original printed fabrics didn't have strong enough contrast for me between the mountain layers. For this reason, I got out my Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks to punch up some of the colors and add in some extra details. I also knocked back some areas that drew the eye away from the focal areas. I used Aloe Vera gel as my blender medium as the Aloe gel provides a more controlled application than water. Then I heat set the color application to make it permanent.
I hand colored some scrim and laces to add texture and color contrast.
Pieced with commercial and digital printed fabrics. Hand colored laces and fabrics with Derwent Inktense.
This quilt will be available for purchase on the SAQA website to support the exhibition and outreach programs. This year's auction will take place online from September 10 through October 3.
Visit the SAQA Benefit Auction webpage for more information.