Gallery of Mixed Media Fabric Portraits

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Fabric Portraits | No Comments

Today I wanted to share a few examples of my mixed media fabric portraits with you.  All of these were created with the same techniques that were explained in the previous posts. Featured above is a commissioned portrait I created for Charlie Brenneman, aka “The Spaniard.”  This image commemorated one of his biggest UFC wins.  […]

Colleen and Annie: It All Comes Together

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Fabric Portraits | One Comment

The last stage for this artwork was to assemble the various fabric layers and to embellish the image with free-motion machine stitching.  For those of you not familiar with free-motion stitching it is simply adjusting your sewing machine so you can move your stitching in any direction.  I basically think of it as drawing with […]

Colleen and Annie: Raw Canvas Background

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Fabric Portraits | No Comments

As labor intensive as the fabric painting of Colleen and Annie was, the background I had planned was going to be a snap.  A little messy, but still a snap. It was basically diluted acrylic paint used as a stain on damp, raw canvas. First I tossed a yard or so of raw cotton canvas […]

Colleen and Annie: Painting with Dye Paste

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Fabric Portraits | No Comments

Now I’m ready to let loose with my dye paste!  Like any other painter, I have a full selection of flats, rounds and filbert brushes to use when painting with my dye paste colors.  I usually prefer a more stiff bristled brush so that the dye paste really grabs the fabric.  Also like any other […]

Colleen and Annie: Starting the Design

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Fabric Portraits | No Comments

My next few entries will show you some of the steps involved in creating the artwork, Colleen and Annie.  In case you are wondering who is who, Colleen is my daughter and Annie was our dog.  I took a variety of pictures of them and decided on this pose because I remembered Colleen was getting […]