Hi everyone!  Here is the line up for the Fabric Elements blog hop.  Next up will be Julie Fei Fan Balzer on Tuesday, September 15, 2015!  Be sure to enter our Creative Challenge!  Details are listed with each designer’s blog post!

Rebekah 9-1-15 http://rebekahmeier.com
Cheryl 9-3-14 http://cherylboglioli.com
May 9-8-15 http://mayflaum.com
Tammy 9-10-15 http://tammytutterow.com/blog/
Julie 9-15-15 http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/
Madeline 9-17-15 http://madelinesthoughts.blogspot.chttp://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/com
Fabric Editions 9-22-15 http://www.fabriceditions.com/fabricelements/
Rebekah 9-24-15 http://www.rebekahmeier.com


My Article in Pages Magazine!


I thought I would share an article I have in the Summer issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages magazine.  For my book More Fabric Art CollageI created a technique which I call

Batting Tapestries.  It combines both quilt batting and lots of hand and machine embroidery. It is a fun way to use up batting scraps!   For Pages I used the technique to create journal covers.  I hope you will check it out!

What do you do with all of your batting scraps?

Page 18, Quilt Batting  Journal Covers

Page 18, Quilt Batting Journal Covers

Heart Collage: Using Flexible Modeling Paste as an Adhesive

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Love Valentine Heart Collage

Happy February everyone!  It is one of my favorite months of the year.  I am partial of course, because it is my birth month, but also because it puts us on the down slide of winter (I hope!)  One of my favorite mediums to work with is flexible modeling paste.  It dries quickly and is lightweight.  I wanted to create a quick collage for Valentines Day and incorporate some of my stand by staples, such as quilt batting and cheesecloth.  Both of them add great texture. I created my background using  a 9″ x 12″ canvas board covered  with tissue paper (using flexible modeling paste) and a stamped text design.  Let dry.  What I really enjoyed about making this collage was using my modeling paste as an adhesive.  I have used flexible modeling paste in my books through a stencil, but never as an adhesive.  It was simple, I   applied a thin layer of the MP onto my canvas with a pallette knife,  added my cheesecloth and the remnants of an old doily, and let it dry.  I cut a heart shape from my quilt batting and centered it on the canvas, again applied with a thin coat of MP.  One final coat of MP applied to the heart and then added the findings collected from previous projects.  Push the findings into the paste, covering the heart, and let dry. I painted the heart and elements with a coat of pearl white acrylic, and brushed them with pigment powders.  To make the heart pop I outlined it with metallic paints.  Finishing up I stamped a LOVE note and it was done!

What do you think?  Have you ever used your mediums in new and different ways?

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Romantic Sea Shell Box

Each September, my husband and I spend our wedding anniversary in Florida at the beach.  It is a quiet time of year there and we enjoy a very relaxing week of not doing much.  One thing that is tradition, is my shell hunting, every year I come home with a bag of treasures.  You can imagine after years of collecting, I have quite a stash of beautiful ones.  I keep my shells in jars and bowls throughout my house but thought it would be nice to make a project using the shells as the focus.   I decided a wood box would be perfect and look terrific on my mantel.  I hope you too have shell treasures and can use my box idea to create your own remembrance.  If you do not have a large supply of shells, you can find equally beautiful ones at any craft store.

Romantic shell art box

Romantic shell art box

Romantic Shell Art Box


Walnut Hollow® Classic Box #3219

Round wood embellishment

Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®

Aleene’s Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Medium, Matte

Tissue gift papers (preferably with writing and natural colors)

Various shells

Other supplies:  disposable foam paintbrush

  1. Using Collage Pauge , apply tissue papers to box.  Tear and overlap tissue, creating a collage design.  Completely cover all side of the box.  Let dry.
  2. Using Tacky Glue, adhere round wood embellishment to the top center of box.
  3. Using the round wood embellishment’s design features as a guide, glue shells in place.  Glue the shells around and on top of the embellishment.Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  4. Refer to photo and glue shells to the front and top portions of box.  Outline box with small shells and fill in with flat shells.
  5. Finish top box with one larger shell.

Note:  Wood embellishment and shells are available at craft stores such as Michaels, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby stores.

Other ideas:  sea glass is also a beautiful option to incorporate with the shells.  Use any of your collections from trips such as camping or hiking, with found wood pieces or rocks.

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How do you display your collections?

Tutorial for Layered Monoprinted Collage Painted Fabric

A while back, I was asked to write a tutorial on the blog And Then We Set it On Fire.  A great site where much information is shared.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it again.  Do you paint your own fabric?  I would love to know your techniques for surface design!

 Monoprinting fabric is one of my favorite techniques. So, I thought I would show you my process for creating layered, mono printed fabric. All of these techniques are in my book, More Fabric Art Collage, 64 New Techniques for Mixed Media, Surface Design, & Embellishment.   I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on the technique!


I start with either fabric paint or as above acrylic paint and a fabric painting medium.  If using fabric paint, the medium is not necessary.


If using acrylic and medium, mix together onto freezer paper or acrylic sheet, or my new favorite Gelli Arts Printing plate.


 Continue mixing.


Place material that you wish to make a monoprint of onto paint.  You can also stamp, draw, or press found objects onto paint.  Here, I used bubble wrap.

 Place fabric face down onto monoprint.  Lift up to reveal the design.  I use the painted bubble wrap to add a stamped design onto blank areas of fabric.  Let fabric dry completely.


 Next, I mix Dye-na-Flow with water.  Test variations of added water to determine the shade of color you desire.  Dye-na-Flow is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way.


Paint the diluted Dye-na-Flow onto the monoprinted fabric.  You can see that a lighter shade of Dye-na-Flow works best to help highlight the printed fabric design.  Let color dry.


 Repeat with another color, here I used Cranberry Red.

 One of my favorite techniques is to scrape paint across the fabric.  Simply load a paint scrapper edge with acrylic (I often use white), and scrape across fabric several times.


The next step is to collect found items for stamping onto monoprinted and painted fabric.

 Brush paint onto found object, and stamp onto fabric.  If using bottle caps, simply dip the rim into paint and then stamp.  Use several objects to create texture and interest to fabric.


Next I collect and choose stamps that I have created from craft fun foam (thick kind).


 Brush paint (acrylic or fabric) onto stamp.


Stamp onto fabric.

 Finally, I stencil designs onto fabric using commercial or handmade stencils.


I like to incorporate a couple of different stencil designs.


I use this fabric as a whole cloth (for quilting), cut it apart and use it for patchwork, cover journals, the possibilities are endless!