Last year at IlluxCon I had the honor of being asked to contribute to the annual IlluxCon Scholarship Quilt, created by LizAnn Lizotte. The Scholarship quilt is a very unique quilt, made with patches of original art by a selection of IlluxCon artists, handpicked every year by LizAnn. The quilt is then auctioned off on eBay and the proceeds go to the IlluxCon Scholarship for art students.
It was a fun and challenging assignment; challenging because when I work traditionally I tend to gravitate to watercolors and colored pencil. The quilt patches are made of linen so I quickly discovered that wouldn’t work out. Instead I decided to give it a go with acrylics instead, a medium I am less comfortable with.
In the end it gave me a sense of accomplishment that made me want to explore painting traditionally more in the coming year. There’s something to be said for having this unique item after you have spent hours laboring. It’s a feeling you don’t get when you paint digitally as it’s all just a file on the computer.
I used gold paint for some areas, the photo above doesn’t really do the gilded parts justice so I recorded a little video on the reflective quality of the paint on Instagram.
Inside the StudioMy messy desk during the painting process. I used a photo from last year’s IlluxCon for reference.
Sketch for the Quilt PatchI began by sketching out the image with a pencil on the soft linen.
Lastly here are some photos of the creative quilts LizAnn created for previous years. If interested you can follow IlluxCon on Facebook, or subscribe for their newsletter to receive a notification on when the Scholarship Quilt will be up for auction this year.