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« on: September 14, 2014 09:41:15 PM »

The subtitle of this post is "What I spent the weekend doing while I should have been doing other things, like laundry, vacuuming and finishing up swap stuff!"



So you know about fabric paper, right? Well, I learned about it a while ago from YouTube and a book I found at the library book sale. Basically it's gluing paper to a fabric backing and once it's dry, you can cut, sew, embroider, glue and do all kinds of fun stuff with it. I've been making books and thought these would make great book covers for the mixed media journals I've been churning out. I'll add, also, that I joined the Artstronauts Club - a group started by Teesha and Tracy Moore, that has videos and tutorials and free down-loadable images and all kinds of good stuff. Teesha Moore has a few videos on fabric paper (some folks call it paper cloth).  Link to Artstronauts Club : http://theartstronauts.com

The first picture is my first piece. It is muslin, about 12" x 18", covered with sewing pattern tissue, some Tim Holtz scraps, tissue tape, vintage images from an old Sears catalog, text and fancy napkins I bought on Ebay.

Here is a close up shot:



I love it so I cut another piece of muslin and started the second piece:



I used the same items as Piece #1, and added some rubber stamped images - I stamped onto white tissue paper.
More about that in the next piece.



You can see I ripped the napkin because I was over-brushing the napkins and tissue with the gel medium but I think it looks more aged. I might try to fix it or cover it  with white tissue paper - I don't know yet.

Oh, Teesha Moore uses CollagePauge and water to make her fabric paper. I can't find any in San Francisco so I used liquid gel medium - 2 parts gel medium and 1 part water. It dries overnight and I like using it more than Mod Podge.

For the third piece, I thought I would use more color so I grabbed tissue paper (that I use for wrapping gifts and swap stuff - I didn't realize it was art tissue/bleeding tissue paper). This is an 18" square piece of muslin and the tissue paper:



I thought I had a picture before I added the paint but no. So I stamped with acrylic paint on the wet-ish tissue and glue layer. Green circles and black dots - my favorites.

Then I thought I would add rubber stamps - not a good idea. That's when I realized I should stamp onto white tissue paper and then glue on top of the first layers:



So that's what I did next:



I used the cardboard from my drink sachets for the book covers for 2 mini journals and covered the outside with
the bright fabric cloth:





I have a pad of water color paper that I will cut on the paper cutter at work tomorrow and bind with a simple pamphlet stitch.

Okay, in Teesha's video, she uses all kinds of fabric - calico and a piece of a Japanese wall hanging. I was scared to try it her way but I was itching to make more.



No ironing necessary - the glue and paper will smooth out  the backing as you work. For this piece, I used old postage stamps (another Ebay purchase from eons ago), text from several old books and then some fancy paper from the art store:



This piece is still drying, obviously:



Some of the fancy paper bled too:



I promise another post when the 4th piece is dry and I finish making the journals. I think these pieces will be sewn onto other fabric and I am going to try a long-stitch binding, also scary for me. But I will persevere.

Thanks for looking.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2014 06:29:17 AM »

This is a great way to use up all those bits of paper that one has been saving for "something".

Your pages turned out fabulously!

I think the hardest part would be cutting up the piece to make useable sheets...I would want to save every bit, but I can imagine that you can then re-use those parts for a new piece!

lol I just joined that site as well and will be spending down time at airports looking at the videos!  thanks for the link....I think! Grin

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2014 07:45:02 AM »

This is really neat.  Not sure I was ever aware of this technique...and now I have to go check out the artstronauts club!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2014 08:35:21 AM »

I was lucky enough to be at an art retreat where Teesha was teaching this technique. It's so much fun! Yours are fantastic, and I love how you've used them on journal covers. I've been meaning to make more of these, so thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2014 12:51:25 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments. I'm collecting different papers to make my signatures - I might do the full Teesha and use all sorts - watercolor, plastic pages, whatever.

Also, it occurred to me that if I actually cleared off my desk, I could leave a piece as a work-in-progress and just add to it day by day. But it seems easier and more space-saving to just have a collection box and when the box is full, make another piece.
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2014 02:15:20 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2014 06:00:50 PM »

Wow - my first time. Thanks a bunch!
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2014 06:34:35 AM »

LOVE this, Smmarrt. Thanks so much for sharing.

And I have to add that I'm shocked this is your first featured project! You're such a Craftster staple, I thought for sure you had a ton under your belt. Keep being such a wonderful source of inspiration!!
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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2014 04:30:05 PM »

This is such a cool technique! I'll definitely be checking out the videos, but your pieces are an amazing inspiration! Now, I think I need to start saving up scraps...
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