Cloth Paper Scissors and Grafix

Fiber Art Tapestry Cloth Paper Scissors May/June 2013

Fiber Art Tapestry
Cloth Paper Scissors May/June 2013

Last  summer I was invited by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine to participate in a special project. A group of designers and artists would be given the opportunity to use a collection of products to create an art piece in their given medium.  I was honored to be asked and happily agreed.  The products we were sent were from the Grafix® company.   I was very intrigued with Dura-lar, the acetate alternative and Shrink Film and decided to create a fiber art tapestry.  The projects will be published in the May/June 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and also as an on-line extra.  So be sure to check out all the cool designs.

Dura-lar acetate alternative

Dura-lar acetate alternative stencil

I first designed a stencil design and then cut it using my Cameo Silhouette  machine.   It worked wonderfully, creating a sturdy stencil.

Stenciled fabric with Dura-lar stencil

Stenciled fabric with Dura-lar stencil

I used the stencil to decorate cotton fabric, and my  tag focal point.  Full and partial parts of the stencil were used with white color textile paint.  I loved how the stencil looked after using it, and decided to include it as a design element.  The stencil already had paint on it from stenciling, so I just cut it in half.

Sizzix die cut Shrink film

Sizzix die cut Shrink film

Since I love handmade embellishments, I decided to use the Shrink Film to create a dimensional element.  I used a Sizzix die, Vintage Doily (#657420)  to first cut the film.  It is important to remember that Shrink Film reduces to half its size, so plan accordingly.  I painted the embellishments with metallic acrylic.  I then sanded and reapplied the paint.   This process was repeated until I was happy with the result.

Auditioning design elements

Auditioning design elements

When all of my elements were completed, I auditioned them and secured with pins.  I then machine stitched them in place.  The Shrink Film and cut stencil were adhered with fabric adhesive (I use Fabri-tac by Beacon adhesives).

Shrink Film embellishments

Shrink Film embellishments

Painted acetate stencil used for embellishment

Painted Dura-lar acetate stencil used for embellishment

I hope you enjoy all of our creations and are inspired to create your own!

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Comments:

  1. Rebekah this is gorgeous!! I love how you created the Sizzix die cut Shrink Film and the stencil for making embellishments. I must definitely give this a try.

    I have both of your books and they are my main go to books when I need inspiration. Hope that you will write another in the future.

    Thank you for sharing this project and easy to follow tutorial.

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