You can click on the photographs to see them larger if it helps - each plume has been lightly painted with an irridescent water based fabric paint to add a little shadow and dimension to the quilting. I'll share a photo of what the feathers looked like before painting them:
There is a pretty dramatic difference between the two! Of course I have added more quilting to the photos of the painted version, but there is still quite a difference when you stand back and look at the two.
Nina is an art quilter so I know she totally gets the need for creative experimentation...but I am more of a traditional quilter who fiddles around with art quilts. So why might a traditional quilter want to paint her quilt? Well I personally have a major love for whole cloth quilts. When I began machine quilting I discovered that my ultimate joy comes from the quilting process. But they totally stink to photograph!!! I want to make whole cloth quilts where the quilting can be SEEN...and not just in good lighting.
I also really love whole cloth quilts made of bright colored hand dyes and tie dyed fabrics...but you often cannot see the quilting. So that is why I started fiddling with paints to see what I could achieve.
I first heard about painting on quilts to highlight definition from Master Quilter Diane Gaudynski. She uses Shiva Paintstiks - an oil based paint but in a stick form - and lightly paints her quilting to add defintion and shadow. I LOVE the look - but when I played with the Shiva paints I had a really difficult time keeping it from looking grainy and controlling the amount of paint applied. I tried applying it directly from the stick as well as with a paint brush.
So after a few failed attempts with the Shiva paints I decided to try Lumiere paints by Jaquard. I originally bought the paints to use with stencils - but the cool thing about these paints is they are water based...so you can water them down and just use a touch for a hint of color and definition. Also they are sparkly....and I like just about all things sparkly. :)
I love these paints!! I love the way it turned out so much I am even doing some painting on my big white applique quilt...eep! Pictures to come! :)