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.
I first designed a stencil design and then cut it using my Cameo Silhouette machine. It worked wonderfully, creating a sturdy 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.
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.
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).
I hope you enjoy all of our creations and are inspired to create your own!
It seems so early in the new year to be thinking ahead to August, but you might like to plan ahead and join me to CREATE! I will be teaching four classes at this years CREATE retreat in Lisle. CREATE Chicago (actually Lisle IL), will again be held at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago, August 21-25, 2013. I will be teaching the following classes:
You can check out my classes, and those of other teachers here. I hope to see you there!
Want to create a last minute gift for your special someone? Check out the February issue of Crafts n Things magazine to create this pretty candy bar holder.
Writing books and magazines articles, requires making a model of the project as an example. Sometimes it also requires step-outs (projects in various stages of completion). I have LOTS of models and step-outs and would like to share some of them with you.
Returned models from books and magazines
I love February for many reasons. Living in northern Illinois I like to think ahead to March, and spring being right around the corner. It is also my birthday month and last year was a big number for me. One that I was not looking forward to celebrating. THIS year, I am very excited about my birthday, and would like to share my happiness with all of you. What better way then a giveaway!
I am giving away this journal and
a copy of my book, More Fabric Art Collage.
To enter, write a reply telling me what you like to create, and what you do with your projects. The winner will be notified on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Also keep following, as I plan to give away more stuff in coming weeks!
I am back home near Chicago to very cold minus wind chills. I miss Cali weather. Last week, I taught at Art Supply Warehouse’s teaching venue called Cataylst. What a cool store and teaching space! I could spend hours in that store, and really regret not buying the handmade papers I saw. I have never seen such a great assortment.
We fused, stamped, stenciled, cut, tore, and transfered, using materials from Artful Fiber, TAP, and Jacquardproducts (Lumiere, Dye-na-Flow, and Pearl-Ex). My students rocked! It was a full day class in which they used Timtex TAP, and fast2fuse (covers), Mul•Tex, and Lutradur to create a very cool accordion style book. The techniques we used were from my book More Fabric Art Collage, can also be applied to decorate the rest of the AF bag or create fiber art wall hangings as well. That is the cool thing about this bag of goodies, is its many creative possibilities.