Wednesday, 30 September 2015

2015 #18 A Bit of Victorian and Halloween {by Penny Nuttall}

 2015 Topic 18: Wearable Art

Hi and welcome everyone, Penny here...

As promised, here is a wearable art project developed from the Hot Picks samples first introduced in the new product launch earlier this month (a feast of new stamp sets and inspiration!) using HPHW05 No apologies for all the sewing.....but the stamps work really well on fabric and you could use the patches on cards as well so......

How about this waist flattering corset style belt??

I started by preparing the belt base. I layered heavyweight interfacing, thin quilt wadding and black cotton fabric, and machine stitched in sort of parallel lines (a bit random is good).

...then skimmed over the surface with a lightly loaded brayer using Vanilla and Granny Smith (apple pie and custard!) Fresco Acrylic paint. NB Granny Smith is from the brand new Limited Edition Paint set available only from a PaperArtsy stockist now!

Then I prepared the stamped images. I ironed a close weave white cotton fabric to paper backed Bondaweb, which will adhere the image to the background and also provide stability for stamping. As mentioned, I used HPHW05. Available from your favourite PaperArtsy Stockist.

I coloured the images with Fresco paint diluted with water. Wetting the fabric slightly with water first helps the colours to flow and blend without tide marks.

If you are likely to want to wash your finished project, mixing the paint with a fabric medium to make it more permanent on the fabric, and softer to the touch, but for this project the Fresco is enough on its own.

I then cut out the elements and ironed them onto a plain black background, and then cut them out again leaving a quarter inch frame...

...and stitched them to the belt, finally adding lace embellishments.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and that you will be inspired to have a go. (Take a look at my blog for a pattern and measurements for the actual belt). These stamps are deeply etched and give crisp and clear images on fabric. Choose good quality closely woven fabric for the best results..........and I love skulls and bones........weird.

Bye for now, Penny.

Wow Penny its so great to see you sewing. You are such a master costumier, so this is a perfect topic for you I am sure!! Thanks for sharing with us how to stamp and colour with Frescos onto fabric so softly, this has turned out simply amazing, I hope you have a theatrical witch to loan it to for Halloween !!!

We would love you to join in with challenge #18:Wearable Art. If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

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


Lucy Edmondson said...

This is just fantastic penny. I love the originality of the idea and that is a great tip about setting the fabric first to help the colours flow. I wouldn't have thought of skimming the surface of the black fabric with the brayered colours and it works so well,

Lucy x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Wow! What an absolutely brilliant idea. It all works so perfectly. I have no idea how you thought of it but, as previously mentioned, it's BRILLIANT! Lx

Mac Mable said...

Yep I'll echo what has already been said. Very Clever and Very creative x

rachel said...

awesome - i love this xx

Julie Lee said...

Wow! This is amazing! So original, Penny! It would make a fabulous Halloween costume. xx

Etsuko said...

Oh! What a fantastic idea!! Great costume of the fab Hot Picks images. Children will be very happy wearing this bustier. xx

Kirsten said...

What a clever idea & it's gorgeous too.

Sarah B said...

what a unique idea - a true one of a kind x

Anonymous said...

Oh this is incredible! I so wish I had paid better attention to my teacher during Home Economics, at least then I might be able to sew!
Stunning way to showcase those stamps.

Ruth said...

Fabulous, stunning work Penny! glad I looked closer....very inspirational love the colours too. Ruth x

butterfly said...

So clever and very cool!
Alison x

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pennylopes54 said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Gemma Hynes said...

What an amazing project,and so inspirational. I don't think I would ever want to take it off, as I also love skulls.

craftimamma said...

What a totally neat Halloween idea! Very clever Penny, I love it!

Lesley Xx

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