My journey in airbrushing has been a frustrating one. When I first got the idea for this technique I had never airbrushed anything except makeup onto my face and I wasn’t sure how it would work out. I didn’t know much about airbrushing equipment, paint, airbrush guns or what the advantages/disadvantages are between gravity feed and siphon feed. The first air compressor I bought wasn’t suited for the job so I had to return it and get a new one. Come to find out… in order to keep constant pressure going in your airbrush gun while you paint you need a compressor with an air tank attached. Once that problem was sorted out, I got an Iwata Siphon Feed gun to quickly change out paint colors and I was finally ready to experiment for real.
My idea was that I could take any shape, cut it out in freezer paper, iron it onto fabric and paint around it to create a resist design. I didn’t know how the freezer paper would hold up with paint being sprayed directly on it (would it curl up? Would it fall off?) and I wasn’t sure how the paint coverage would be.
Well I got lucky. I cut my feather pieces out of the freezer paper using my Accuquilt Go! feather die which made it go really quickly. Placement was a bit difficult but I think for the most part it turned out pretty even for a test sample.
I played with some of the quilting to get a feel for what worked and what didn’t.
So now I’m stuck in my head designing a quilt around this technique. It’s a fun place to be!