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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Katie Cutie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Katie Cutie. Show all posts

Friday, February 25, 2011

Making Fabric Paper

Thank you to Beth who left a comment yesterday asking for more details... I hope this post will help you out... but I welcome any questions you have! 

First things FIRST.  Lay down a plastic covering on the work service; laying out your muslin and items you want to use in the collage.
The muslin can be any shape; small, squarish...or round if you'd like!
Notice I left the frayed edge (on the left) of the muslin.
By the way, these are items I put in the art quilt "Katie Cutie".
As you can see... a napkin, doillie, pattern piece, a hand-written note, candy foil wrapper, miscellaneous text, pattern paper, torn wrapping paper, and tissue!
(the list is endless!)
I mix up 50% water/50% tacky glue (I use Aleene's - Elmers would also work).

  It's kind of sloppy-good - no need to measure; I literally just 'slap it on' with a cheapo brush, or whatever you have on hand.  Don't buy something new or good quality... in case the glue mixture dries before it's cleaned. (uhh... oops!)

Next: you will lay down your (pre-planned) miscellaneous ephemera items on the 'primed' glue-muslin layer. It will dry fairly quickly, so you don't want to take too much time deciding what to use.
Note: I know some artists like to use various gel mediums... as far as I know, either will work just fine... (but I'm not an expert - I'm just a hands-on, let's try this type of girl!  I've only used tacky glue so far. 

Above: place the white craft tissue paper (it's sturdier than your average gift-wrapping type) onto the muslin surface; having cut or torn it  into smaller segments from the package. Overlap them a bit as you lay them down on the muslin-textured base.   Then add your color; I use acrylic paint, watering it down as the notion strikes me! 

"Give Thanks" paper quilt
If you find the top tissue layer isn't sticking, gently add a bit more glue/water mixture to the top of the tissue  Than add your paint... watered down as you desire (add a bit of glue to it if you want and this has worked well for me)
AND.. if you 'over-do' it... you get some fabulous wrinkles or perhaps the tissue 'wears' away a bit!  No worries! (See 'Dancing With Jack') 

Here is the final dried, layered base... notice there is a transparent coating of acrylic paint, watered down significantly... but this is certainly a personal preference!  See an earlier piece I did, (below) in which the paint was mostly opaque... and I liked that too... but it does cover up more of the things you laid down... just a different style, really.
Now is the time to add further embellishments... fused flowers were added after the paint had dried.
Let it dry... it will curl.  
Once dry, iron it (into submission).
Stabilize it, bat it, back it.
Stitch it.
Quilt it.  Bind it!
Pictured left is one of my first fabric paper quilts.  These are the items added after paint was dry.  

It also shows where I had alot more color than water... a happy accident, and ugh - I muddied the colors a bit.  So it goes; and it turned out better than I had expected. Opaque or transparent... it's all good!  
 After all the tissue paper layers and paint had dried... hand-painted accents in a silver metallic pen are very fun!  I had leftover fusings... angelina fibers, silk roving... added decorative stitches...& a beautiful hand-dyed yarn -- couched on with my #43 free motion foot!  See more about it here and here.
 Be original, and have fun with your own personal 'stuff', and make it unique to you.
AND... if you'd like to know more, go to Terri Stegmiller's blog and  the 3 Creative Studios website... (great resource!)  She wrote a book: "Creative Paper Quilts" (which I just discovered today, because she left me a comment-thank you Terri!) You can purchase it from Amazon.com too.  I hope you will visit her blog, which I enjoy LOTS. She has such great style, and fabulous, colorful inspiration for you!  Another resource is a book from Beryl Taylor: Mixed Media Explorations.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


This is the second in a series of small art quilts I am playing with.  These little quilts are what I call "fabric paper" and I hope you will consider taking "Fabric Paper' - a class we're offering at the Quilt-A-Way for $15.00 TUESDAY March 1, 5:30-8pm OR SATURDAY March 5, 10am-1pm.

The first art quilt was dedicated to Rachel --- that post was "Rejoice For Rachel" and you can view it here in case you missed it!  Both of these girls were part of a Sunday school class I taught. We went on a mission trip together with their Moms in 2005 to Albuquerque NM one summer.  I have had the privilege, honor and  continual blessing of knowing these young ladies! They are so very special, and it's been an incredible  journey to be a part of their lives as they have grown up. 
My inspiration:  Katie! Bright, beautiful, smart... very cute!  She's a junior in college majoring in Mechanical engineering,  and currently attending a semester in Ireland!  Such adventure! Oh, I wish I could be there with her snapping some shots in the countryside of my heritage!  Katie hasn't always loved me taking photos of her... but that hasn't stopped me too much!  LOL Katie. 

I so enjoy the designing process when the inspiration is so personal to me... and so many fond memories to work from and play with.  I loved thinking about all that Katie is... praying for her as I designed and quilted... colored and played!
  Here's your artsy journal quilt, Miss Katie!  I love you... MORE!  And I hope you love your quilt... and someday when you return home to Big Sky Country, it will be yours!
I had a really fun time with the King Tut black thread on top; black polyester in bobbin for free motion quilting on this piece.  I'm getting better... at getting out of my box in using a more 'free' sense of style, and kicking that 'perfect' thinking habit I've had in my head for FAR TOO LONG!
To all of you in 'blog land' out there ... I remind us all, corporately... it is the pursuit of excellence... NOT perfection!  It's the JOY of learning, sharing and loving...

Oh yeah! Texture in bobbin play!  I absolutely LOVED doing this!  It's rough... imperfect (love that!)... and it's pretty all at the same time... it adds a great 'sketchy' look too!  Double your fun - let loose, and let... go!  This is Ricky Tim's Razzle Dazzle thread in a light silvery blue aqua color and polyester is the best choice for top thread.

Reminder: the  stitches will not be 'perfect' either!  Your 90/14 microtex or topstitch needle has to go through some interesting layers of tissue, paper leftovers, batting, backing and topping with some glue and paint too!  Sometimes the top tension will be loopy... but I LIKE it in this particular venue.... it's Free... whimsical... charming!  .... and "no muss" --- just a bit like Katie!  I chose mostly pastels but they are bright... warm... and varied.  And that is pretty much how I think of Katie!

There is written text under the petals of this flower....as well as a tissue from a sewing pattern & some stickers, even!  I have taken my sizzix machine, and while cutting flower petals, have re-cycled used printed paper.  When I cut the fabric, I put paper on top, and so after cutting, you have all these cool paper petals with text on them! 

"Love Conquers .... ALL"  
"Areal beauty... our Katie Cutie"  detail of quilt at top center
Leftover envelopes... cards... candy wrappers...tissue patterns...
Christmas wrap paper... all are used in this little quilt! 

LOVE.... love.... LOVE those big flower prints... 
how I enjoy playing, rearranging... and stitching them!

May you continue to grow your life in Christ, Katie... leaning on Him, letting Him straighten your paths, as you live in the JOY of His salvation and allow Him to sustain in you a willing spirit. Amen, honey.  XXOO

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