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Explore Victorian crazy quilting fad of the late 1800’s. This crayon sampler incorporates a variety of crayon techniques into a single project.
Crazy quilting refers to the fabric art of piecing together many different bits of fabric in a variety of colors, shapes and textures into a patchwork blanket. These quilts used a variety of fabrics, pieces of clothing, leftovers from other projects and fancy embellishments. The crazy quilt fad lasted from the late 1800’s until the early 1920’s.
Look at images of crazy quilts created during this era. What fabrics and embellishments were included in these textile arts? What colors were incorporated? Why did women embrace this fad?
To create a paper crazy quilt, use a dark-colored crayon to make a loose scribble design on a piece of construction paper. This will outline the blocks of your quilt.
Fill in the block designs using a variety of colors with these crayon techniques. Vary the pressure on a crayon by pressing hard or lightly to create a deeper or lighter color. Mix new colors by gently overlaying light coats of various crayon colors on white paper. Each time you add a new layer, observe how the color appearance changes. Outline some colored areas for more visual interest.
Add patterns to the blocks with triple or double stripe designs by taping several crayons together to create a multiple-point drawing tool. Use this tool to make stripes or plaids, or multiple lines with an easy stroke. The crayon tips should rest evenly on a flat surface when taping. Create textural patterns by rubbing crayons without labels over flat textural materials.
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