Ringgold is one of the featured great artists in my book, "Discovering
Great Artists". She wrote to me and said she really enjoyed my
"write-up". Anyway, the project is kind of fun for kids ages 5-12 or
so...and they enjoy working on fabric instead of paper for a change.
Sewing is optional.
Goes like this:
1. Draw on the middle of a plain cloth about (12x18) with fabric or
regular crayons. Leave 4" border around the edge.
2. Iron the cloth with clean paper over and under it.
3. To design a fabric frame for this picture, cut pieces of cloth to fit
around the edges of the drawing in squares or triangles or other shapes.
Choose favorite colors and patterns. Glue the cloth pieces onto the plain
fabric border until the frame is filled.
4. Optional step: Sew over the frame area and crayon picture with
colorful thread. Ringgold often sews right over her paints as she frames
it with quilted fabric.
To finish, trim some cardboard a little smaller than the fabric picture.
Center, and wrap the fabric edgesa round to the back. Tape the efdges
down with masking tape.
See page 104 in Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga.
This project is one of Kim's favorites.