Kristin La Flamme here, and today is my day to share Houses and Hideaways. I have an ongoing quilt and textile collage series based on houses (when you're done here, pop on over to my blog/website to see some of them). Here, I'll share the way I build the houses since it can easily translate from cloth to paper.
I like to make a bunch at once and to try lots of colors and a few techniques. Then I can pick and choose later as my heart desires. I have a whole box of painted bits to dive into.
Years ago, my son drew a picture of the row house we lived in. It was tall and skinny and a little wonky. I liked that instead of the classic peaked-box, detached house, his concept of a typical house more accurately depicted our reality -- and our community. So I use a variation on this skinny house a lot, like this one I did in my sketchbook:
...and this one I made as a potential website header:
My go-to house design is a stamped heart with a basic house shape drawn around it. I love making these and then embellishing them like the one above.
I used to use makeup sponges to apply acrylic fabric paint to my stamps, but Deborah turned me on to "spouncers," and I love them.
Sometimes I outline the houses with metallic gutta, used in silk painting. any number of craft paints in squeeze bottles would work though:
Another tool I've used a lot is a tjanting tool, used to draw with hot wax. I fill mine with ink or thinned paint. On paper, a ruling pen is another excellent option:
Yesterday, it wasn't going well with the tjanting tool, so I pulled out a lining brush and outlined a few houses with it:
I made a stencil a while ago, so I used it on a few different fabrics:
Fabric crayons are a good way to add a little depth. Regular crayons or oil pastels would be the obvious choice on paper:
Now I've got a city's worth of little houses to piece together for a quilt, collage onto a canvas, or any other use I can think of.