Using several photographs as references, this bear was painted onto prepared for dyeing fabric using Tsukineko inks and Fabrico markers. It was then cut out, appliqued to the background and heavily thread-painted with rayon threads. The background was created by discharging black cotton with bleach in a random pattern with a spray bottle. The more solid areas of bleached fabric were painted with a flour/water paste and allowed to dry for a day. This was then scrunched to crackle it and painted with black Setacolor fabric paint. After the paint had dried, the flour paste was washed off and more textural interest added with black Misty Fuse.
A photograph and brief article about this piece will be published in the May, 2011 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.