Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Paper Fabric and Peeps

I've been doing some free demonstrations on making "Paper Fabric".
I'm also working on a new class about backgrounds for mixed media art work.
I'll include the paper fabric as part of the class (a tiny portion). I did the demo at the Asheville Quilt Guild and the ladies loved it! When you learn the process, it really opens a lot of creative doors to other possibilities.
I've included a few scans of some that I did.
I think that you'll be surprised with the progression of what you can do with cheap craft paint and distress ink pads.
And a couple of other things that I withheld for the workshop - secret weapons if you will.

This is the base of the technique. Paper collage on fabric.

I've added a few thread blobs and gauze for texture. This piece also has fabric dye on it - was just trying to see how it reacted with the paper/fabric combo.

This scan shows what adding a scrape of paint does for the overall blending of the piece.

I love the way that this small piece ended up. It was part of the above one that I added dye too.

I added some cream paint - didn't really like it.

Added a blue paint - that was okay but not quite "there".

So I added more cream paint...more blue...

Then I began messing around with the Distress Ink Pads (Ranger).

Now I like it.

The texture is amazing - the areas where I added the gauze and thread is just so cool! The ink really picked up that area of additional height and shows it off.

This last piece is one that I used more of the ink pad painting on. I do have a layer of paint underneath that.

Several layers actually.

I usually have about 3 or 4 pieces of paper fabric like this "going" or "cooking" in my studio.

They keep me busy when my muse is resting...or hiding...

I hope that you all have a blessed day today.

In my "previous life" there were a lot of days that were filled with chaos, unrest, and just down right bad stuff - but my life now is the opposite.

I am surrounded by love, acceptance and just down right good things.

My hope for you today is that your life is good. It's peaceful and those that surround you love you.

Accept you and appreciate you.

And if they don't - well, maybe you need some new peeps...


jgr said...

These collages are wonderful. My favorite is the third one cream and blue. I don't sew but you're making me wish I did! Thanks for the inspiration.

Martha Lever said...

These are great, Carol! I like all of them. I am also glad your life is peaceful now...that is really a blessing--peaceful lives--is there anything better? Nope.

Joanne Huffman said...

great looking class.

Cindy said...

I love these, especially the cream and blue iteration...

How do you adhere the paper to the fabric? Gel medium? Simply sewing? Mod podge?

Or, if that info is reserved for the demo/class...let me know that too!!

Very inspiring!

jackie said...

I love your paper fabric pieces! Maybe one day I will be able to take one of your classes!

Windy Hills Happenings said...

Carol...these papers/fabrics are beautiful and so interesting...where do you do this workshop?....also loved the lace doilies you made and showed in a later post...quite incredible