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.