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Sometimes you’ll want to fill and area with color, but you don’t want the texture of a stitched area – or you don’t want to take the time). One possibility in those situations is to fill the area with colored pencils or crayons. In this video I show you how to stabilize the fabric for coloring, and how to heat set it after you’re done.
Here’s the finished piece I started in the video.
I REALLY. love to do an all-dark outline when I color the fill. To me it has a playful, cartoony look that suits my drawing style. This free pattern uses the same coloring technique, but I match the outline thread to the fill color. It’s a different look and one you’ll also want to have in your tool basket. I think it works best for more realistic images.
By the way – that dark outline looks like black, but it’s really DMC #3371. That’s a very dark brown and I use it a lot of places you’d expect to see black. I think black outlines and eyes can sometimes look a little harsh. Using this color takes the edge off.