WIP Wednesday – Adventures in Airbrushing

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.

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

Airbrush over feather resist - quilting - WIP Wednesday

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!

Comments

  1. Jan in So Dak says:

    Very nice! I like the airbrush effect, I hope you keep us updated on future projects. Do you notice any difference when quilting on the airbrushed portion of the piece vs the unpainted portions?

    • The paint didn’t make the fabric stiff or feel thick so it quilted like normal fabric. I will have to do some wash tests to see how well it holds up to multiple washings.

  2. Katie,
    That is really cool! What an awesome idea! Love it!
    Tracy

  3. So pretty and creative! This is gorgeous!

  4. What a neat idea, Katie! I love the way it came out. After all the frustration it looks like it was well worth it! It’s really fantastic how you blended the colors together. I’m sew excited for you! :))))

  5. Katie,
    It seems that all of the fun projects that I have floating in my mind, you are actually tackling. What a fun project you have going on now.
    I have an air compressor that I use for around the house projects and a few different types of paint sprayers for it. Each time I use one for painting, I tell myself that I need to try it with fabric dye. Maybe someday. In the mean time, I will enjoy watching you experiment.
    June

  6. Wow! That is just really, really cool! I’m very much a traditional quilter, and can’t imagine doing all these cool things that you come up with, but I really love seeing your process AND your products!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂