Archive for December, 2008

Fabric Postcard for Dye Hard Swap

December 23, 2008

My oh my, I knew it snowed a lot last weekend, but listening to the weather forecast last night I learned we received 20.5″ of the fluffy, white variety.  That’s a lot of snow – even if it was fluffy.  It’s no wonder the second fabric postcard made for the January 2009 Dye Hard painted bondaweb swap is a snow scene:

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This was so much fun to make.  After auditioning several sky fabrics, a painted blue fabric I made a couple of years ago, worked the best behind the navy painted Fine Fuse.  A big silver star was place in the center, then some smaller silver metallic stars were scattered across the card.   I wanted this to really shine so added some silver rhinestones also to create a lovely night sky.

The snow was made out of cotton quilt batting and stitched in place with nylon thread.    I folded a 1/4″ seam around the edges, then folded that over again with some cardstock for a backing.  The fabric was kept it in place by using paper clips, and nylon thread was used in the bobbin case and needle for a nearly invisible sewing line. 

It wasn’t quite right though.  The snow was too flat.  It took a couple of days before I got a light bulb moment.  Jones Tones White Iris paint to the rescue.  It has lots of glitter in it and I applied it with a Q-tip – dabbing a bit here, a bit there.  Now both the snow and the sky sparkle.  Perfect!!!

Hugs…

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Painting on Fusibles

December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving has come and gone and I’m spending this week working on fabric swaps that are due in January.  I’m a member of a small group of online artists that try different techniques and then swap samples with each other – both through the mail and sharing pictures with each other.

January’s challenge is to paint on fusible interfacing and use it in a 4″ x 6″ fiber card.  This is something I’ve never tried and I had a great time trying different fusibles and paints.  My first one is my favorite:

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Lots of Golden acrylic paints were used – black, irridescent gold, bronze, and pearl silver with some green Setacolor scattered across.  It looks a bit like marble to me and I love the way the Wonder Under fusible shrank against the paper backing. 

The next piece was painted black with a little of the green left over from the first piece dribbled across it. 

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These 2 pieces are my favorites, because of how the paint moved across the surface of the paper backed Wonder Under.

Next I tried some Fine Fuse fusible.  This doesn’t have a paper backing and it took the paint very differently.

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This navy piece was painted with a plastic garbage bag underneath.  I got very little paint movement and the fusible didn’t shrink.  I added splotches of yellow and scrunched the plastic a bit trying to get some movement, but had limited success.
On the other hand, the plastic bag looks terrific. 

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I’m going to have to think of some way to use it, as I really like that painted surface better than the fusible:

This next piece used the Fine Fuse again and this time I placed a piece of paper underneath.  Again, the fusible didn’t shrink much.  But I had fun auditioning the painted fusible against different backgrounds:

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Hugs…