Another Pet Portrait Idea πŸŽ¨

Another fun inexpensive app on my iPhone is called ‘Popsicolor’…it turns a photo into a very cool image.  Look for a pet picture with enough contrast and this is what will happen:

Take a piece of white batik and your favorite fabric ink pen…place a printout of your image on a light box…and simply trace the colored portions of your pet’s face. Use a light hand with the pen in the lighter areas.  I like to keep the background pure white for contrast.

Then, layer with batting and backing, thread your machine with a thread that matches your ink, and stitch in the colored areas.  I recommend Aurifil for this project (for its unmatched color and low lint qualities- you will use a LOT of it :)!). I would free-motion stitch future pieces…my little girl here was done on an emergency backup machine without that capability.

For the background, I turned to my cone of white Aurifil (you do buy the basic colors by the cone, I hope?  The only way to go :)) and stitched straight lines in a random diagonal fashion. This would be a terrific method for pet postcards as well…a great on-the-road project, bringing only your white fabric, pens and iPad along!


Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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