Painting for Illusion with Esterita Austin

I had the privilege of taking a class from Esterita Austin today through the East Cobb Quilters Guild on “Painting for Illusion”;  I wanted to take it because my art quilting skills could use a little improvement; wait, that’s a lie. They could actually use a LOT of improvement, and I’ve always wanted to paint better.

Esterita is an excellent teacher and I would definitely recommend taking a class from her if you get the chance; she is entertaining and charming and very knowledgeable about techniques and theory behind design and painting on fabric. Also, she invented MistyFuse, so she’s smart, too.

Anywho, our class project was a still life of three pots, which were fussy cut from her hand dyed fabric.  The goal was to have light value on the left and dark value on the right to mimic a light source somewhere on the left.  Here’s a picture of my piece after fusing, but before painting:

UntitledWe then worked on painting using some ProChem paints Esterita provided and learned about blending, tints, shading, and all sorts of Fancy stuff. And voila!

Painted Pots - After Painting


I’m happiest with the pot in the middle - the leftmost one is still a little jacked up.  On the rightmost one with the handle, I’m happy with the painting I did on the lid to give it definition.  Esterita was impressed the skinny dark line was done with paint and not a Sharpie marker.  A+ for skinny line drawing!

I’m done with the painting, but I’m not sure if I’ll quilt it.  The colors are not something I’d normally decorate with, but if I do quilt it, it would be with some sort of humorous background to depict the psychedelic nature of the color palette of the pots. And possibly play off the word “pot”, if you catch my meeting.

7 thoughts on “Painting for Illusion with Esterita Austin

  1. Interesting to see the changes a bit of paint made, you can really see the dimension taking shape. And no, I have no idea what you are talking about with ‘pot’, you’ll have to explain yourself….in detail….!

  2. PS that’s Sharon Shambaur and Esterita Austin in the last little while. I’m jealous down here at the ends of the earth!

  3. I need remedial art quilt training. Interesting the difference the paint makes. The colors are a bit bright but quilting it would be fun. Bright variegated threads as you tell the pot tale. :-).

  4. wow. Impressive. I have done a bit of fabric painting and I even bought some paints from the tutor but that is as far as I have gone. I did eventually get my wall hanging finished though so that counts … a little tiny bit

  5. So, so cool! And even if the pot is jacked up, everyone knows your first attempt at pottery is allowed to get the wobbles. Fabric pots included. And maybe I’m just uneducated or something but I would not have noticed if you hadn’t said anything. This is a really cool project and technique. You are so lucky to have access to great classes.

  6. I like the pots! And I think the black really helps it too. I need to get brave and try some painting on my stuff. You definitely know how to stretch us past our comfort level. That’s a very good thing. Pam goes…we follow.

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