I hadn't made a self-portrait and wanted to make one this year.
I used a picture that was taken of me on a cruise through the Panama Canal. The picture was imported into Photoshop, turned into black and white, posterized, and finally printed as a pencil sketch. I traced the picture, had it blown up at Rose City Blueprint, and traced it onto the fabric with permanent marker. Like many other quilts, I changed my mind at that point and decided to go ahead and paint it with fabric paint. I only used white and black paint that I mixed into 7 shades. I printed the posterized version of the picture and used it as a guide to paint the portrait. Then I cut it out and fused it to the background. It was thread highlighted, touched up with ink pencils, and colored pencils. After all of that was done, I layered it with Thermore batting and backing and it was quilted. The only fabric is the dress and the background. I may touch it up a little bit more around the eyes. Who knows?
The quilt ended up at 21" W x 23" L.
I hope you like it!
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