As a child, I fondly remember learning Crayon Scratch Art from my mother. She showed us how to use wax crayons to color an entire piece of paper, and then cover it entirely with black crayon. Using a pencil or coin, we could lightly scratch away the top layer of black crayon to reveal a colorful work of art! I decided to apply this process to my new love of quilted mandalas.
|Laying the Foundation for My Crayon Etched Mandala|
1. quilt back right side facing down
2. batting (dream cotton)
3. colorful 1st layer right side facing up--I chose this fabulous swirled rainbow print
4. added a layer of Kona black solid and pin basted through all four layers!
I used freezer paper to use as a guide for free motion quilting my mandalas--but stopped using it after completing the first 2-3 rounds and soon began to rely on reference points within my blooming mandala to quilt additional rounds.
I will confess that I had some doubts as to whether my plan would work. So once I had completed my first round of free motion quilting, I pulled out my seam ripper and small curved scissors and ever so carefully cut away the top layer of black solid fabric to reveal the colorful swirling print below.
|Tearing Down Any Lingering Doubt and Tearing Away the Top Layer of Black Fabric|
For me, it was almost instant gratification as I revealed the beautiful color one pebble at a time, and totally loving it! Now that all my doubts were eased, I returned to free motion quilting my entire mandala and background swirls/pebbles.
|Before and After Cutting Away Sections of Black Fabric|
- Use a slightly smaller stitch length.
- Quilt larger motifs. Most of my pebbles were approximately nickle sized or larger and were pretty manageable. I did have a few smaller ones that were a bit more tricky to cut out.
- Leave a few sections of black in tact as it adds visual interest.
- Use a fun color of thread as its easier on the eyes and really pops on the black for yet another design element. I used a bright pink 50-weight of Aurifil thread.
- Slow and steady when slicing out the top layer. While each newly revealed section of color was exciting, I had to remind myself to work slowly and carefully to avoid nicking through to the batting layer!
|"Crayon Etched Mandala" finishes 18" x 19"|
I love, love, love the finished piece and eager to make more!! In fact, I may have kept an extra fat quarter of my backing print to use on a future Crayon Etched mandala?!?
I will be linking this up to the Project Quilting page, where online voting will begin Sunday, March 6th around 11 AM PST...hint-hint!!