Patchwork Painting Without a Needle

Autumn is a favorite time of year for many. 🙂I’m definitely one of those people. The flurry of Autumn colors surrounding me inspired the creation of this piece of art.

Patchwork Painting Without a Needle

Materials and tools:

  • Multicolored brown, green, olive, red, or beige colored stretch velvet;
  • white, yellow, orange, burgundy, red, gray, green, blue, or beige silk;
  • double-sided self-adhesive tape;
  • aerosol glue;
  • glue Titan wild
  • foamcore;
  • Fiberboard;
  • scissors;
  • fabric paints;
  • a designer knife;
  • a nail file;
  • fabric paints.

Get started 🙂

Picture base preparation

Key dimensions: width 17 in, height 22 in. Using thin foamcore and some fiberboard, cut out several sheets the same dimensions as the desired picture.  Then apply the Titan wild fiberboard glue, leaving a little room on the edges, and wait for 1.5-2 minutes.

When the glue thickens slightly, apply a sheet of foamcore on top, align the corners and press down firmly. Leave the base under the press until completely dry.

Preparing a sketch of the painting

The size of the sketch is large with a width of 14 in, and a height of 19 in, so print it on two sheets of paper and match the picture halves to size.

Measure based on the frame size: top and sides 1.5 inches each, with a 1.7 inch bottom. Glue the sketch on the base with glue spray. The second sketch is fixed on a self-adhesive tape, removing the upper protective layer or using aerosol glue. It is not necessary to combine the halves.

Lightly cut all the lines of the sketch in the picture with a designer knife.

Extra tip: when cutting lines on the base and tucking fabric into them, keep the tool strictly perpendicular, without tilting it to the right or left.

Work on the picture

Think through combinations of fabrics.

Extra tip: the best way to get the desired shades of fabric is to paint it yourself. Don’t worry about the coloring being identical. The more color transitions, the more interesting the overall picture will look.

Tree trunks and branches will be made of velvet, and everything else will be silk. You can tuck in the fabric in the slots of the base with a nail file. If possible, decrease the diameter of the file with a knife sharpener, then finish it with fine-grained sandpaper.

Let’s start with the foliage in the tree tops. For its image, you will need some yellow, orange, red, or burgundy silk. Cut a paper template of each part using the second copy of the draft.  Removing the lower protective layer, glue the templates to the fabric and cut out the parts.

Then remove the templates and gently tuck the parts into the slots.

Continue to gradually spread the foliage.

From time to time add blue fabric parts to depict the sky in the gaps of the branches. Do not forget that on the one hand the trees should be illuminated more than on the other.

Extra tip: to give the foliage additional shades, you can use the technique of double overlay fabric.

To do this, you will need a thin silk chiffon with streaks of yellow, white, orange, beige, and red.  Spread it on the tucked in part.

Find a suitable pattern, moving the fabric and glue the template on top.

Cut out a new part and tuck it in over the first.

Partial result.

For foliage in the lower part of the crown of trees, we use green, olive, blue-green silk.

The space between the trunks is filled with gray and grayish green silk.

For the earth, paint no less than fifteen dull colors and shades of silk, matching the foliage already done.  For the background we use colder, and for the front warmer tones.

Spread the trunks and branches with velvet, combining in some cases shades of red, beige and brown, in others-green, olive, beige and brown. Upon completion of the hair dryer and brush clean the picture from the threads.

The painting is ready.

Stay creative!

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