How do you like my little Chihuahua
friends?  I will be painting them onto
fabric this week.  My friend, Cheryl, sent
me pictures of her little dog, Chico.  Using  
Corel Draw and Corel Photo Paint software
I separated the dogs from their
backgrounds and transformed them into
flower pot clip art and now I'm ready to
trace the design onto fabric.  It won't take
long to paint them and then they will be
ready to quilt and hang on the wall.
You may use this design for your personal
use by right clicking on the picture and
saving it to a file in your computer.  You
will need to resize it to the size you prefer.
After your project has been painted be sure and heat set to make the paint permanent.  I like to
embroider around the edges of each shape either by hand or machine.  If you want an aged look
you can tea dye and heat set.

Heat setting tips:
In order to protect your iron and ironing board, place one of these products over and under your
fabric: Teflon sheet, parchment paper, pressing cloth or paper towels.  Set your iron temperature
to the type of fabric used.

Stencil creams and oil paint sticks work well and need to be heat set.  I have experimented with
water color wax crayons with interesting results.   When I use water color wax crayons, I always
color around the edges first with regular crayons.  This helps keep the water color crayons from
bleeding beyond the border.   I usually  color the fabric with the water color wax crayons and
then blend the shades using a number 2 round brush dipped in water.  Be sparing with the
water, you can always add more.  Heat set.  It is so much fun to experiment with new products.   
For an added surface design effect you can use Angelina fibers, fabric glitter and foil.  Foil is sold
in lots of beautiful colors and adds an interesting touch to your painted projects.  My creative
friend, Cheryl, sent me a box of Angelina fibers, glitter and foil to play with and I am amazed at
the interesting effects it creates.  I feel like this is just like "Altered Art" except on fabric.   I use a
combination of nylon brushes and sponges to apply the paint.  The yellow sponges with big
rounded edges (that are used for grout clean up) stay nice and soft and work well with fabric
paints.  These sponges can be found at building supply stores.  Recently I used Derwent
Inktense pencils and Aloe Vera Gel on prewashed muslin with wonderful results.  The pencils
are actually an ink.  When dry and heat set they are permanent.  I posted an experiment that I did
with the Inktense pencils below.  Just imagine how much more we could create if we didn't have
to sleep and clean!!   
The picture below is an experiment I did on prewashed
muslin using Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The ink is permanent
when it dries on paper, but I wanted to experiment on fabric.  
On the first hand I used floating medium with the Inktense
pencils, the second hand I used Aloe Vera gel with the
pencils, the third hand I used a 50/50 mixture of Aloe Vera gel
and textile medium with the pencils and finally on the fourth
hand I used textile medium with the pencils.  I heat set all four
hands.  Then I took the muslin to the sink and let the fabric
soak in cool water.  No bleeding occured on any of the
experiments!!  The textile medium left the fabric a little stiffer.  
I'm so impressed with Derwent's Inktense Pencils ♥