Color Pencil Transfer to Fabric Frame

I am showing a few pieces in a "for fun -- at work" art show.  I wanted to include a few color pencil sketches in my display, but they just didn't feel like they fit the fabric theme of the three quilts I was showcasing.... so, I got creative.

I found fabric transfer paper.  The kind that you can put in your printer, print out any image, and then iron on to fabric.  Simple right?

Following the instructions this brand says not to use an ironing board, but instead a pillowcase on a hard and heat resistant surface.  It also asked that the iron be set to a no steam setting.

Here are my printed images set on top of pieces of white fabric... ready to be ironed on. 

I could have gotten a little more daring and tried different fabrics colors or a pattern, but I wasn't feeling gutsy enough.  So, white won out.

You iron a ton.  Then let the image cool for two minutes.  Then peel off the backing.  And voila!  I like how it has a little sheen to it.  Almost like the glass in a picture frame.  I was off  to a good start.

Keeping that picture frame idea in mind, I picked out a fabric that would pull colors and strength out of each pencil drawing.  Here is the fabric for my little neko (Japanese for cat).

I cut strips out at 2.5 inches and began to sew them in place around the image.

Using the same strip joining technique in quilt binding, I made my corners and then sewed along the seam to keep the frame flat.

Here is what the fabric frame looked like once I had all the corners together and sewn down.  Neat, right?

I did the same for the second pencil sketch I selected.  Find a fabric to bring out the colors and compliment the chaos!

Pin and sew down 2.5 inch strips to frame the image.  The overlapping ends are used to make those angled corners.

Here is the frame all sewn together, but I still had iron the frame and sew down the corners.

And of course... you did see the binding coming, didn't you?  Here is the binding for the tree image I am calling "Hope." 

I originally created this sketch for Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesday for the theme New Year.

And now, here is "Hope" with the binding on!  I did some stippling around the sides of the frame.  Mostly loopy circles to keep a real organic feeling.

And here is my darling "Maneki Neko" (also loosely Lucky Cat in Japanese).  I choose a dark chocolate brown for the binding on this one.  I also did a simple straight line quilting around the center to create a beveled look.

I also originally created this sketch for Mr. Toast's Creative Tuesday meme, but for the theme Luck/y.

And here is a quick snap of the two together!!  I am so pleased with how they turned out! 

Imagine doing this treatment of transfer and fabric frame for a piece of children's art or love letter from your special squeeze. 

The ideas are really endless... and I must say it gives a whole new dimension to the work.  I'd call this experiment a success and I can see doing this again in the future!

Our work art show opens today and runs through Friday.  I will be smiling ear to ear as I play hostess... demonstrate some quilting techniques, and enjoy the fact that we all get to talk about art for a few days!

-- I am joining Fabric Tuesday at Quiltsory --
Hug the ones you love!

Much love for Japan


monika@mysweetprairie.ca said...

"compliment the chaos" : )
I LOVE IT! Love that bubble tree. Very very cool. But dang- not all the pictures are loading. I'm thinking they are extremely high resolution? SInce you've had that new camera, I have trouble seeing your blog.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! LOVE LOVE this idea. My does not like using those transfer paper caused it leaves a side clear mark so this is a great idea. LOVe the way you make the corners n added a quilt effect. Totally will borrow this idea. Golden Thanks for sharing. BTW: my mom went to a show last week sewing n quilting, she had a lot of fun. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

MJ said...

So colorful and clever! I love it!

Paula said...

I love this so much. Both turned out beautifully.

Kristin Dudish said...

Wonderful... I love how your creative worlds collide and make something so beautiful!


Rhinestone Beagle said...

Great idea. I never thought to use colored pencils.

Anonymous said...

They're great. That would be a neat way to showcase kids artwork.
Really nice!

Unknown said...

It is so grate and wonderful idea to make different types of color picture frames.I like this beautiful picture frames.This one is very grate work.

frames for photos

Jeannette StG said...

You have a gift of choosing the right print for the frame!

Unknown said...

I love your blog! I found it from someone's blog, but I can't remember. I love dogs so I was look at everything and just forgot! lol

I'm a new follower!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Looks amazing! I love the colour play, and your choice of fabrics.

Suburban Girl said...

Now that is pretty cool. This reminds me of quilts my mother in law made for each of my kids. When they were 5 she gave them each a set of fabric crayons. Each month they could draw a pic or 2 of something memorable. She put the pics together in quilts for each of them. They have become wonderful keepsakes.

Dianne said...

enjoy the show!
I can so see you as a wonderful exuberant hostess

I love the tree and the sweet cat

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

What a great idea, awesome job!

Quiltstory said...

These are so awesome! what a great project! Thanks for linking up to Quilt Story!

Kelly @ Vintage Fabric Studio said...

this is such an original idea! I really like how it turned into a picture frame & the binding really set it off. Thanks for linking up to Eat, Grow, Sew!

Unknown said...

This is such an amazing idea! I would love to do this to showcase my kids artwork.. great way to save it forever! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-hippo-party-34.html

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