Art Nouveau Challenge

The Printed Fabric Bee challenge last month was creating a piece that screamed Art Nouveau. Well, I’ve always loved that style so this was extra fun for me to do.  Jackie Lams was the queen for April and chose this great topic. Here is the finished piece  (12 x 12) for her collection.

Jackie's pieceSo I first trolled the Internet looking at for ideas. I also found this Mucha coloring book on my bookshelf.

Mucha coloring book

I’ve always loved Mucha stuff and even have some Mucha fabric somewhere in my stash! (I need to dig that out.)

I found a pattern and a woman silhouette (since I always think of women when I think of art nouveau) and made stencils with my Silhouette Portrait.

art nouveau stencils

Jackie had also requested jewel tones so I immediately thought of purple and I had just the piece for this project already in my stash. This is a ice dyed piece I dyed this past winter. The twin to this piece was used in a jacket that Evi and I displayed in our exhibit in March.

Ice dyed fabricMy first step was to spray Dye-na-Flow Violet over the stencils onto the piece. I made five stencils so I could do this all at one time. That’s what is so neat about making your own stencils – make as many as you need!

Spraying dye-na-flow

Then I added Pearly White screen printing ink over two of the stencils on each side of the piece.

Adding screen printing ink

I ended with this piece, but it didn’t have a woman in it and I felt like it just wasn’t quite done.


So using FabricMate pens I stenciled the design onto the fabric.

Fabric pens

After removing the stencil, I touched up any spots I missed and then added a shadow with a Silver Sharpie. For Jackie’s 12 x 12 piece there were three women on her piece. For the giveaway 6 x 6 there is only one.

Here is the giveaway piece that you can win with the April Printed Fabric Bee collection.

May giveaway pieceI’ll be posting about the giveaway shortly. To win April’s collection of Art Nouveau 6 x 6 pieces, all you have to do is comment on one of two blogs. I’ll post those urls as soon as the information is up. Stay tuned!