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Friday, August 18, 2006

Directions For Crayon Tinting

I've been asked many times about Crayon Tinting and how to do it so I thought I'd give you a quick tutorial on it.

It's actually quite easy and the results are beautiful!

I recommend using 100% cotton fabric such as Muslin, Quilter's Cotton or Kona Cotton. The fabric should be washed beforehand to remove the sizing.

Trace or transfer your pattern onto your fabric.

Before coloring, make a pad of several layers of extra muslin. Lay the piece that you want to color on top of the pad. This will give that soft tinted look that you see in my pieces.

Then simply color as desired. I usually start out very light and then build up my color closer to the edges. I also use several shades of the same color in my pieces. This gives it a little more dimension.

When you're satisfied with your tinting, place your piece between 2 sheets of paper or paper towels and heat set with your iron.

Then stitch as desired.

If you have any questions about Crayon Tinting or anything that I've discussed here at my blog, please don't hesitate to leave a message for me here or you're welcome to send me an email.

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Anonymous said...

I did not ask, but I did think how it would be great to know how to do crayon tinting! Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the color tinting info! Do you prefer a specific brand of crayons for your use? (or do you just raid the old box of broken ones?) I like your shading suggestions; the results are very nice.

Pamela Kellogg said...

Debbie, I'm glad you found the info useful. You won't believe how pretty crayon tinting is in person!

Dusty, you can raid the old box of broken crayons if you like. I'm sure they will work fine. I always use Crayola brand. In fact, I bought myself the biggest box they make! I think there's something like 94 colors in the box I have.

You're going to laugh but I just love the way crayons smell! I don't know why, maybe it brings back happy memories from when I was little.

Susan said...

Thanks. I never tried it with the layers of muslin under it. I'll have to do that next time. Yours always look so soft and blendy.

Kris said...

Wow, thanks Pam! I have a few of those old type of transfers around here somewhere... I really like how the colors look in person! that bunny door hanger is wonderful! thanks for the info on how to do it! I only have about 500 crayola crayons left over from the kids using them thru the years to play with, LOL...

Thanks again, Kris

Gail Brown said...

thanks for your tutorial its great

Anonymous said...

Pam I am assuming that you use the crayons whole? you don't melt them and paint them on or something? stupid question?

Anonymous said...

I love all your art. thank you so much for sharing.Mel in ca.

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