|Star Window is a small, simple pattern that is easy to stitch and fun to color.|
I also pulled a bunch of samples from my stitching box and have transformed them using colored pencils. I have learned a few things along the way:
1) Don't overdo the color. Many pieces can get weighed down and look muddy with too much color.
|Just a hint of color makes the facets of Snowflake Mandala pop!|
2) Dampen the cloth, then roll it in a towel to remove excess moisture. A slightly damp canvas makes the color more vibrant. Be careful not to get it too wet; the colors can and will bleed if you're not careful.
|I didn't like this pattern at all when I first designed it. |
The bright colors have given a boring and clinical -looking
pattern a lively new look.
3) Keep the pencils sharp. Or not. It depends.
|A dampened, duller pencil is great for filling in larger areas,|
but as you can see, a fine point is needed to get the color
into the nooks and crannies.
4) It's okay to blend colors. In fact, it can lead to some exciting effects.
5) You may need a second coat.
|After the first coat. Look at the first photo again and|
you can see how much I missed.
6) Keep a Tide Stain Stick handy. I got a smudge of color in the wrong spot and the Tide Stain Stick saved the day!
I'm contemplating using some sort of finish in addition to heat-setting the color. Something to protect it from the elements. Any ideas? Let me know.