A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Scrappy cards and some fabric fun!

A selection of cards that I've been making. They are all made from small scraps of fabric, bits of ribbon, and beads that I've mounted onto squares of brown paper that I used to protect my table while painting, spraying and printing onto some fabric. It seemed too good to throw away, as there were some interesting shapes and patterns on the surface. Having said that, I have covered a lot of it with the fabric scraps. Once I had machine stitched all the pieces onto the brown paper, I just stuck them onto some blank square cards that I bought in our local toy shop! I will take them along to our local gallery, and offer them for sale.

Above is a piece of old cotton sheet that I have sprayed, painted and printed  with a mixture of silk and acrylic paint. I may try to use it for my March or April 'shades of red' journal quilt.

Finally, this is a bit of an experiment really. I mixed up a flour and water paste, then spread it evenly over the surface of yet some more old cotton sheeting. I  drew some random patterns into it with a fork and a stick. When the paste had dried, I crackled the surface up a bit, before covering the  whole lot with some black fabric paint. I'm  now going to wait for about a week for the paint to 'cure', and then I;ll wash out the dried paste. I'm hoping for a sort of batik effect, but I'm certainly not holding my breath. Still unless you 'have a go', at these things, you won't get any results, good or bad, so anything is better than nothing. I promise I'll show the results, whatever they are!

Keep warm and cosy, see you next time.