Jacquelynne Steves

Painting a Watercolor Quilt Block

This week, I have been doing some painting. Sometimes (not always!) it’s faster to paint a quilt than to actually sew one :)

Here are some photos of my step-by-step process for

Painting a Watercolor Quilt Block

First I decided which blocks I wanted to paint and then I sketched them out. I worked out basically where the colors would go (much like you would decide ahead of time where the fabrics will go when you are planning out a quilt.)



Then I went over the lines with a pigma marker and erased the pencil lines (I drew a quick sketch on a scrap of paper so I remember how I had planned to lay out my colors.)

Next- the fun part- I start to paint. I fill in all of the blocks with my background colors. (I normally don’t paint that close to the edge of my paper- but I wanted to fit all of my blocks onto a single sheet.)



Next, I would have normally painted in all of the little flowers and dots and stripes to create the patterns in the different fabrics. However, I started to paint my flowers (you can see a few on the left of the below photo), but I didn’t like how the yellow was coming through, making my blue just a little too green. So I decided to try something different. I painted my little designs separately (see right side of photo):



Then I added them in Photoshop. It was fun to try it this way, and I think it came out pretty well:



What do you think?

You will be seeing this artwork in the future. For starters, you will probably see it pretty soon  in my Etsy shop…



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    Elizabeth Johnson
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I would love to make a quilt built on the painting might be fun!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted February 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Yes, it would be fun! The great thing about painting a quilt is that you can “design” your fabrics any way you’d like :)

  • Posted February 4, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    That is very pretty!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted February 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Missy!

  • Jennifer
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    That is really pretty, and I love seeing the work “in progress”! The colors you used are really fun, and I agree with Elizabeth that it would be fun to see a finished quilt that matches your painting!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted February 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      Someone suggested that I show more “works in progress.” (Maybe it was you??) Anyway, the hardest part about that is remembering to take the photo for each step!

  • Posted February 5, 2014 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    So pretty!! You are amazingly talented!! Love coming here to see what you have created, thanks for sharing with all of us!!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Sandy! I just got it all finished up this morning! I love finishing a big project!

  • Posted February 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    So cute, but I like the original painted ones better, eventhough I can see what you’re saying about the blue. Maybe gouache or acrylic next time? My Mom and Aunt are whizzes with a needle, but I always say I do all my ‘quilting’ with a pen and paintbrush! ;)

  • Posted February 7, 2014 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Oh my….I do love what you are doing…I don’t have a steady hand but this is awesome!

  • Sarah Edwards
    Posted March 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    It all just keeps getting better So cute and so much to learn

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