Glad I found you and hoping someone can help me out. I recently saw a quilt that was embroidered and then colored. Does anyone know how to color on quilt blocks with colored pencils or crayons? The quilt i saw looked almost like watercolor.
Hello! There is a wonderful product called Shiva Paint Sticks that you can color with on fabric. After you are done coloring, you "fix" it by applying heat, or ironing it.
Thats one way I know! Good luck
I have used a number of products on fabric, including ordinary crayons! I did a kids sewing camp a few years back where the kids all made small wall quilts for Thanks Giving. We drew a turkey on muslin, then took ordinary crayons, and colored them in. It was a blast!
A few things to know about using crayons:
It is best to by the Crayola Brand crayons, and not the cheaper off brands. The Crayola have the more pigment and less wax then the cheaper brands. Meaning you will be getting a better color saturation when done. If there is too much wax in the crayon, the picture will be very light and faded looking.
Next once you are done coloring the picture, you will need to use an iron to remove any wax and set the colors into the fabric. To do this take several layers of paper towels lay it over the coloring, place a hot iron on the paper towels, (watching so you don't burn the paper) and after a few second lift the towels. You will see slight coloring on them. Continue with new towels until you don't see any traces of color. The paper towels and the heat will remove all the wax and set the color. You can safely wash the quilt.
Another fun tool is to use water color pencils. These can achieve different looks as well. By coloring on dry or wet fabric. Color dry and light mist water using a spray bottle after you color, or light spray the fabric with water first and then color with the pencils you will get some very interesting looks. Again it is best to heat set these when finished.