Victoria here with you today.
Before I get into my Christmas makes and as I start to wrap up another creative year, I'm already making plans for next years creative journey and boy am I dreaming of good things. A recent move to a new home, in a new area, means there's lots of good things to dream up with a new craft space being pretty much, top of the list! So as I dream up a bigger creative space to house all the stamps, stencils and colours, the big loopy handwritten sentiment in JOFY93 was just screaming at me to be the star of the show. And what a perfect fit it is for this quarters theme of typography, as the PaperArtsy team unravel an important aspect of mixed media projects and so many ways with letters.
I'm partial to a bit of fabric in my work and I've been loving the work of Emily Notman popping up in my Instagram feed recently. Her pretty, pastel, landscape inspired layers catch my eye every time and I wanted to capture a stripped back version of the texture she so skilfully creates. The flowers from JOFY95 provided my favourite floral focal point and I love the mix of different textures in the finished piece and even removed the glass from the frame, so that the fabric stands proud.
My supplies list for this project is quite limited really. The two JoFY stamp sets, a range of neutral fabrics, a small photo frame , ink and scissors. I decided to use only a splash of colour as I wanted the neutral colours of the fabric and threads to really show through. I selected PaperArtsy Infusions in Lemoncello and Rocky Road to colour the linen strip and StazOn ink in grey and brown for stamping the gorgeous JOFY imagery.
At this early stage, it is helpful to talk about the selected of PaperArtsy products. This colour combination for example is quite unusual. A gorgeous subdued, rustic pink and orange. You can point out concepts such as vintage meets bright, contrast and colour wheel theory tying into previous colour topics. How and why you land here really interests people, and can give cohesion to a project.
A riffle through my fabric stash turned out a real variety of fibres from cotton, linen, wool, netting and lace to name just a few. I cut out a selection of 8 inch strips so that I would have a little ice of fibres to choose from when building the background.
From my fabric stash I selected a slightly ruffled cuff cut from an old linen shirt, which I thought would make a perfect layer at the base of the piece. I sprinkled this really lightly with the PaperArtsy Infusions and spritzed with water before setting aside to dry.
Next I stamped out the images I wanted to use. I started off by stamping out the 'dream of good things' sentiment from JOFY93 in brown ink.
And then stamped out some flowers in brown and grey ink and cut them out with fabric scissors, which was a bit tricky as the fabric was flopping around. Slow perseverance did the job eventually!
With all the fabric elements prepped, it was time to start building the project.
I cut a piece of base card that I could glue my fabric to. I quickly realised I had too many fabric strips for the piece. So I started to reduce these down, trying to select a mix of different textures and colours.
I glued these in strips to the card, placing the ruffled piece at the bottom and the sentiment to the top.
Once the main fabric strips were glued in place, I added some more texture on top with some threads and these cute lace flowers. This helps to blend out the harsher edges of some of the thicker fabrics.
Next I glued the fabric flowers in place, scattering them across the piece to lead the eye around all the different elements.
I wanted to add a touch of metallic sparkle to the neutral colour palette and decided to add some stitching to the centre of the smaller JoFY flowers. I started off hand stitching these but soon realised the detail was soo tiny it wasn't going to have much impact. As I punched more holes in the background card with the needle, it was getting bumpy so I decided to revert to plan B.
This consisted of rolling the thread into a ball and sticking it in the centre of the flower with fabric glue! I created much more texture and was really time saving, win-win!
I few more loose fibres glued in place, for a final bit of detail and the project was finished!
I'll definitely be playing with fabric layers more in the future. They create a great backdrop and I'd really like to try this out with more colourful layers and perhaps some more stitching too. I hope you feel inspired to dig into your fabrics and stamp stash and play with some different combinations.
Wishing you a happy, creative week!