You'll be surprised how easy it is to transform a photo into gallery-worthy fabric art with Leni Wiener's simple methods. Leni walks you step by step through choosing the right fabrics; creating patterns with free software; depicting common elements, such as grass, trees, water, and faces; layering and sewing your collages; and finishing your work for display. Complete patterns and instructions for two quilts help get you started. Use the included Art Quilter's Value Scale to choose the perfect light and dark fabrics for your quilts. Loaded with helpful photos, this guide is a virtual art class in a book.
Leni Levenson Wiener is an art quilter, instructor, and author. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and appears in compilation books of art quilts. Leni lives just outside of New York City with her husband.
Introduction Section One: Setting the Stage Demystifying Color Throw away that color wheel, here is all you need to know about color Color Basics Color Recipes Color Temperature Complimentary Colors Why is it so important to establish a compliment for a color? Color Terminology The problem children of the color world-gray, beige and taupe Moving away from realistic color The True Value of Understanding Value What is value? How to Determine Value Zingers Print Density and Value Changes in Value Value and Color Compliments Pattern and Print Scale Small, Medium and Large Scale Prints Size Matters The Unexpected Solids, Batiks and Hand-dyes Building a Stash of Fabrics for Art Quilts What to look for in the Fabric Shop Organizing your Palette How much to purchase When to buy by the Bolt Section Two: Making an Art Quilt Step by Step Introduction Choosing a Photo Deciding on the Size of your Art Quilt Preparing your Image Making and Printing your Pattern from a Photo Getting Started with Gimp How to use Gimp Printing your Full Sized Pattern Making an Art Quilt, Step by Step Breaking your Composition into Elements Breaking the Elements into Sections Establishing Values in the Pattern Deciding on Color Choosing Fabrics Cutting the Pieces Freezer Paper Light Box or Other Light Source Tracing onto Freezer Paper Cutting the Fabric Pieces Evaluating and Making Changes When Things Go Wrong Tracing Paper Template Gluing it Together Tips in this section The next element, the boy The Tree Adding the Surrounding Environment Finishing your Art Quilt Batting or No Batting Backing Fabric Functional Sewing Edge Finishing Art Quilt Process Checklist Section Three: Tips and Tricks for Common Elements Introduction Land and Sea Trees Leaves Grass Water Rocks Distance Sky People Skin tones Eyes Lips Hands Hair Body Language Afghan Girl Animals Fur Feathers Beaks and Feet Reptiles Eyes Conclusion