Thursday, May 24, 2012

Making Paper Fabric

Today seems to be all about color for me! I began my morning having coffee with frothed skim milk in the new mug I bought on clearance yesterday at Pier 1 Imports! Love the colors!!
Hey, it goes with my blog banner!

Later, I decided to make some paper fabric with the elements I had painted with acrylic paint last week as part of Dana's "Painting Every Day in May" challenge. Let me just interject here that, although I certainly have not painted every day, I have managed to reintroduce myself to my watercolors, gouache paints and acrylics, so I'm grateful for that!

I started with the paper towel I used underneath the other papers I had painted - it had lots of good color on it! I saturated a piece of white fabric with Martha Stewart's decoupage glue and sealer, then put down the paper towel and covered that with another layer of sealer. I had purchased this product a while back and assume it is an acrylic medium - I can't see anything about that on the bottle, though. But it seemed to work well.

Next, I applied layers of painted used fabric softener sheets, which have 
a very gauzy quality and let underneath layers show through.

I added more elements from the textured papers I had painted,tearing edges to make them blend in more. I don't know if the texture shows up well in the photo, but I left some edges unglued so that they stand out more. Very satisfying! When this finishes drying out, I want to add some stitching and beading. The fabric base makes it sturdy enough to do that.

I still have a lot of scraps left to do more of this in the future. To be continued...!!

Hope your week has been going well!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Very cool :).
Stay inspired!

sharon said...

Looks like play to me. What fun! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

I absolutely love where you're going with this Judy! And so admire your braveness for jumping back into painting. I have absolutely no doubt you can produce masterpieces but am glad to see you finding that confidence for yourself. Keep up the beautiful work. xx

Libby Fife said...

Off to a super start! Always nice to have the components of something hanging around, waiting to be put together:)

Andrea said...

Gorgeous! Have fun with the stitching & beading. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Simone said...

Those flowers on the mug really do match the blog banner! It must have been made with you in mind!!! I really like the colours of paint that you have used. I look forward to seeing the work embellished with beads! x

From Your Mindseye said...

Love where you're going with this, Judy. It makes me want to change my artistic course and do something different.

laubao said...

I really like watching your pictures about the process you're following for your art!!
Hope you're fine! ..and I'm really curious to see what you're going to do with it!

Anne said...

Lovely, Judy! So fun to watch your process. Can't wait to see what's next.

And I'm so glad that you've returned to painting. :)