Friday, 24 June 2016

2016 #12 Fabric Vase {by Lucy Edmondson}

 2016 Topic 12: Fabric

Hi everyone Lucy from Lucy's True Colours here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a technique using Powertex to make fabric roses, with the transparent version enabling the gorgeous colours of Fresco paints and PaperArtsy stamp designs to show through. You may be pleased to hear, this is a no-sew project!

I'm still a novice with Powertex and the other similar brands, as I haven't attended any workshops and I hadn't used the transparent or the Ivory versions, only the Bronze one, until I started this project. I really loved using the Bronze to make a garden figurine and it's great how it covers and unifies what is underneath. I had in my mind, though, that it would be a completely different look, and would really be a chance to use stamp with paints if I used the transparent version. It's less forgiving in terms of your substrate but there are still plenty of possibilities. Here I've used a glass bubble bath bottle which has flat sides, and turned it into a vase, but a Mateus Rose bottle would also work well. I've used some Eclectica Ellen Vargo stamps, which, being abstract, were absolutely perfect, because I didn't have to worry about detail being lost or being 'wrong side up' when the fabric was draped.


Step One: I started off by making some roses. I made far too many as I didn't know how many petals I would want for each rose, or how many roses to decorate the final vase, but I tell myself it was worth having some extra for another project whilst I had the Powertex out! Using the larger splodge stamp from the Eclectica EEV06 set, apply a generous amount of Coral and Candy Floss to one piece of cut n dry foam and Wisteria and Lavender to another. Use both pieces to 'ink' up the stamp each time and stamp all over a piece of calico. Cut out the petals, keeping close to the paint lines rather than trying to achieve a circle.

 Eclectica EEV06


Step Two: Pour a puddle of transparent Powertex onto a non stick surface and massage into each petal with your fingers. Make a little pleat in each petal. At this stage I found it easier to leave them for about half an hour to go tacky before building up the roses. I rolled the centre petal and then arranged the other petals around it, using a little more Powertex at the base to hold everything together. It was very easy as you get a lot of open time where you can come back and manipulate the petals after another half an hour and put a bit more shape into them as they start to get a little firmer. Obviously you can have a tightly layered or a more open rose, and as many petals as you want. My final rose has eight petals and is about one and a half inches across. Leave the roses to harden completely on your non stick surface. You can leave them overnight or speed things up with a hairdryer.


Step Three:- Now for the bottle. Cut a piece of stockinette big enough to fit over the top like a jumper, as it is tubular, and to reach from the top to the bottom. It looks a bit small in the picture as it has curled up on itself. Soak it thoroughly in Ivory Powertex. I find it easier to use a throwaway container for this, like a foil dish. I put an opened out plastic bag on my worksurface to contain the drips. Rub it in with your hands then wring out the excess and pop it over the top of the bottle. Arrange it in lots of lovely folds and press it down around the contours of the bottle. It will be nice and tacky so it will stick to itself easily. Make sure it is pushed down right to the base but not covering the base so it will stand. [At the end of the project I drizzled Nougat into the inside of the bottle to cover the base to give a good finish when it was lifted up].


Step 4: Next I prepared the calico to wrap around the vase over the stockinette layer. It needs to be a rectangle big enough to almost meet when wrapped around at the widest point. I stamped it in exactly the same way as making the petals but using the smaller splodge stamp from the same set. I stamped both sides as I thought the reverse might show when I draped the piece around the vase.


Step Five: I made a clay butterfly from a mould and used the remaining paint on the cut n dry foam to colour it to match the project, lightly touching the raised areas of the wings with the Wisteria/Lavender foam for highlights. The stockinette was now dry so I used the Coral foam to go over the folds and raised areas of the bottle. You can see in the background of this photo I also made some clay faces as I had wondered about using these as an alternative to the butterfly as I often see this done with Powertex.


Step Six:- I soaked the stamped calico in transparent Powertex and wrapped it around the bottle like a cape, tying it below the neck but without knotting it, and fanning out the two loose ends. I pressed the material against the contours of the bottle and created folds as I did for the stockinette, making sure there were folds at the back as well. I spread a little Powertex onto the stockinette in some of the grooves and sprinkled with two sizes of the small balls you can purchase from Powertex stockists which add loads of lovely texture. I added some more Powertex where I wanted my butterfly and rose to be and pressed them into it to act as glue. To finish off, once everything was dry, I dry-brushed Coral on the folds and frayed edges of the calico, the edges of the rose petals, and the textured balls.


Here's a photo of the back of the bottle. My favourite part of the project is a silly little thing - the strands of the stockinette which I trained with the hairdryer to dry upright out of the top of the bottle!


I hope you've found my experiment useful. I do have a bit of a confession though. I had really wanted to make an art doll but we had already done that theme! It would be so cool to have a doll's dress made from Fresco stamped material, with a full skirt and puffed sleeves stiffened with Powertex, and lots of beautiful billows and folds, but with no sewing machine required! I think there are lots of possibilities left to explore and I hope I have given you some ideas to try.
Lucy

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Oh I love the shawl effect wrapped around the bottle, it is quite reminiscent of a Victorian look. The Powertex offers so many possibilities, giving more versatility to fabric than ever before. Fabric flowers are always pleasing to see, and ehre is another take on them. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #12: Fabric, on this page HERE.

All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Fabric link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 26th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

2016 #12 Fabric Heart {by Helen Chilton}

 2016 Topic 12: Fabric


Hi everyone Helen here. Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about fabric.

I've chosen to work with white cotton fabric and Infusions. I've used them to dye the fabric and also to stamp and stencil with. I do like experimenting, as you know, so thought I'd see what effects I could get. You end up with a lovely watercoloury effect, quite vintage and soft. 

Once I'd spritzed the fabric to activate the Infusions, I ironed it to dry it, (ironing also serves to fade the colours slightly) covering first with a sheet of copy paper. The paper picks up colour from the Infusions and also a lovely texture - don't throw it away - I used it to stamp the main images onto.



Iron your fabric and sprinkle on the Infusions - I chose Are You Cerise, A Bit Jaded and Lemoncello:


Spritz with water and and move around with your fingers if need be:


Iron dry, covering first with copy paper. Cut into heart shapes and stamp Mini Ink and the Dog images MN10 and MN45 in centre for guidance (I was going to use the images like this but then turned over the copy paper and saw the lovely iron off colours and pattern):

 MN10 
MN45

Next stamp some background images MN46 and MN74 VersaMark the stamp and sprinkle on some Infusions:
MN46 
MN74

Rub the powder in:


Spritz:


and stamp:


Now stencil - this is Tim Holtz Tracks THS044: lay down stencil and sprinkle over powder:


Spritz:


Heat dry:


Carry on stamping and stencilling as much as you like:


Stamp main images and text on the iron off paper in black archival ink:


Use Bondaweb to iron onto hearts:


To finish off: add a torn piece of coloured fabric for the hanging loop, pin, stitch round the edges in black and stuff lightly.



And there you have it - my fabric heart. I deliberately left the seam showing so that the whole of the text pieces showed right up to the edge. I also didn't over stuff it as I didn't want it too round - it's supposed to look old, shabby, a bit worn - the Infusions are perfect for this.

You could add embellishments as well but I didn't want to cover up the background. There are lots of shapes you could make - birds, fish, flowers - all simple to cut out and sew, so why don't you have a go!


Oh Helen, so dreamy, brilliant colour combinations from the Infusions and using the waste paper from beneath the fabric was a great move as it really ties in beautifully. The outer seam is a nice touch, really adds to the shabby chic effect. ~Darcy



We would love to see how you interpret this topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #12: Fabric, on this page HERE.


All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post.


All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Fabric link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 26th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 #12 Bespoke Fabric Case {by Debs Wainwright}

 2016 Topic 12: Fabric

Hi everyone Debs here with you tonight, I hope you are all well.

I'd like to share a phone case I have decorated. I jumped at the chance to join in with the inspiration for the fabric challenge. I wanted a new phone case and thought it would be perfect for the challenge, however, things didn't go to plan. The sewing machine would not work correctly; I'm not very good with a machine and have no idea about maintenance so had to go with plan b. This was to use a ready made case which I have in plain cream silk.
Step One:  To give back ground colour I sprayed the case with Lyndys SG sprays and ironed it dry on a low heat. I created a sky and ground on back and front of the case. Once totally dry I stamped the features using black Archival Ink and Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna 3 .

Flora & Fauna 3

 
Step Two: It was difficult to photograph the case, as the mica from the sprays were picked up by the light, and gave a grunginess look to the background. It is brighter than the photos captured. I was happy with how it looked so continued, and that's where the problems started. I wanted to use Fancolour Water Soluble Pens  to colour in the stamping but forgot what would happen using silk. It bleeds! I knew this from a mini silk painting workshop I did but completely forgot, so ended up with this. I still continued, thinking I would repair the bleed. 
Step Three: I filled the rest in being careful not to go the edge so that the ink stayed within the lines. It was quite satisfying adding small amounts and seeining the ink spread out.
Step Four I completed the other side in the same way, making sure not to go to close to the edge. The Mica really does sparkle in the sun.
Here's a close up 
 
Although it came good in the end, the lesson I learnt was to always test your fabric first. With hindsight I think I would have painted  the case with Fresco Acrylic Paint first and then stamped etc on top. The fabric would have been more stable, but still I'm happy with this for now, even if I am planning another one now mum's sorted out the machine. I hope I have inspired you to have a go, just remember test your fabric first. 
It was great being here with you this evening and hope to see you soon, take care as always, Hugs Debs xxx
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Debs your not alone being machine challenged I bet. Great to see Plan B spring into action. The Sqiggly Ink images and summer colour palette are the perfect way to brighten up this bespoke phone case. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. ~Gillian
                                 
We would love to see how you interpret this House topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #12: Fabric, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Fabric link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 26th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

2016 #12 Pencil Wallet {by Darcy Wilkinson}

 2016 Topic 12: Fabric


Hi everyone, Darcy here with a post this evening about using fabric. I will be using canvas, not stretched over a frame but loose canvas fabric. This can be bought cheaply on a roll, however it is very thin, almost like paper. The better canvas fabric is much more expensive and is found in art shops. However the stuff I use is actually a DIY drop cloth, it is used for covering furniture while you paint the ceiling etc. It is really good quality, thick canvas fabric, it comes in various sizes and it is so much cheaper than the canvas from art shops. 

I like to take my sketch book and watercolour pencils to the local coffee shop, it's a great excuse to have nice coffee and crumpets, and if gives me an hour or so out that I can dedicate to sketching. But my watercolour pencils are in a long tin, so I needed some kind of case for them. 


I started with two long pieces of canvas, one will be the outside, this was gessoed on both sides. The other piece will become the lining, this was marked out and I added lengths of elastic. The elastic was stitched at regular intervals big enough to hold a pencil. 


I set aside the lining piece, this will not be painted as the pencils inside will be colourful enough. I then worked on the gessoed outer piece. 

I added Cherry Red at the top and Bottom edges, the top was then blended with Snowflake and the bottom was blended with Claret. In the middle I added Autumn Fire and Haystack and then Turquoise. 


My next layer was random patches of Golden matte gel, I added texture to this using the small circle background stamp from EDY06

 EDY06

I then added more paint, more gel and more stamping into the gel. 



Next I dripped Southern Skies and Claret and added a little stamping using the circles from EDY17. 


EDY17. 
The layers were now looking very yummy. 


I added a little Limelight over the Turquoise and then rubbed on some white Fire Treasure Gold. 


At this point I started to assemble the case. 
I cut two smaller pieces of canvas, added elastic to them and then sttiched them together making a pocket. 
I needed this case to be sturdy, so that meant adding something to stabilize the fabric. You can buy quilting plastic, but again it is expensive. Whenever I make bags I buy flexible chopping boards from the supermarket, they come in packs of 3. They are cheap and easily cut with scissors. 
I cut a piece to go in the pocket I had just made. 



This centre section was stitched to the longer lining piece. This completes the inside, and gives me 48 elastic sections for pencils. 



Next to stitch the outer and the lining together and trap a long zip between them. I bought the widest zip I could find, but it still wasn't wide enough. So I added  Petersham tape to either side of the zip making it wider. A normal zip simply will not close up the case once the case is folded shut as it then has 4 layers of pencils, so a wide zip is needed. 



Then quite a bit of wrestling and wrangling with the canvas fabric and the zip, many pins and my trusty machine. 



Once I had the whole thing mostly done, with only one short end left open, I cut 2 more pieces of plastic and slipped them inside, these were to stiffen the outer side. 

Now it was all assembled I could finish the front cover. I used one of my new stencils and some Cosmic Shimmer glue...


PS029
..and some gliding flakes to add butterflies. I also used the ART word from EEG15. 


To seal the whole cover I added Acrylic Wax to both back and front, this will protect the gilding flakes and give the whole thing a nice sheen. 



I am incredibly pleased with it, the zip isn't perfect but good enough for me. It holds 48 pencils and the cover is the kind that you just want to touch. Stamping into the gel made really great texture, and the Treasure gold, gilding flakes and acryic wax have all combined to give a shimmery,golden sheen. 
I hope you are enjoying the Fabric topic and making some great projects . 
Darcy 
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We would love to see how you interpret this topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #12: Fabric, on this page HERE.

All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Fabric link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, June 26th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

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