Painting patch for the annual Illuxcon Quilt

Client Work: IlluxCon Quilt Patch

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 Studio
Inside the Studio
My messy desk during the painting process. I used a photo from last year’s IlluxCon for reference.
Sketch for the Quilt Patch
Sketch for the Quilt Patch
I 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.

2014 IlluxCon Scholarship Quilt
2014 IlluxCon Scholarship Quilt
by LizAnn Lizotte
2013 IlluxCon Scholarship Quilt
2013 IlluxCon Scholarship Quilt
by LizAnn Lizotte

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Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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