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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 gold leafing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gold leafing. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

From A Wall Flower...

to a SOUL Blossom~
Basic recipe:
--- fabric base (hand dyed gone astray!)
--- paint (acrylic and fabric types)
--- stamps (pick your favorites)
--- stencils (more is sometimes just... MORE!)
--- foil (Jones Tones) or whatever you have on hand
--- stiff interfacing (I used Timtex)
--- accent fabric for flower center--I just free cut it
--- quilt it all together (FMQ)
--- trace and cut out shape
--- back with card stock paper; (I used my UHU glue stick) and trim paper to fit the fabric shape previously cut
--- finish all outer edges with a zig zag stitch 
--- back the finished piece with a ribbon hanger and a dab of glue

Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Foiled Again!"

Okay, so I have a wacky sense of humor!  But I do enjoy this embellishment technique, and to 'foil again and again...!" 

This is what is called 'gold foil' which is really a type of plastic-cellophane type product with a highly reflective surface bonded to it.  In the pic below, it looks like this, once it's been applied to the glue you've allowed to dry.  It is always placed with the shiny side up and the 'dull' side down. You can see the swirl pattern of the glue underneath as it's raised and I've also burnished it to the surface.  I burnish it with my fingers. You could use a pressing tool, like a bone folder, or a wooden, finger pressing-type notion, or whatever works best for you.
This particular foil product can be used with several different types of glues; I've used these three: 
  • Jones Tones Foil Glue
  • Glue gun type glue
  • fusible web
There is also the traditional type of  silver, or gold, or multi-colored 'leafing' foil products. (see below) in the flat package.  It's meant to be used with a 'sizing' product, but I have found that sizing glue absorbs into the fabric, and doesn't remain tacky. However, you can build it up with multiple applications and it does eventually stick if you have patience!  I did this on my Montana Treasure quilt.  It can be applied pretty effectively using the Jones Tones Glue, too.
Always place the dull side of the foil facing down onto your project, with the shiny side facing up at you.  After you've burnished the foil onto the glue, it will look like the picture below where the dull side is shown.
And when you are done it will look like this picture to the right.  If you'd like to see how the gold leaf flakes look, check out the post on the "Let Love Be Your Guide" here. It's right next to the the hearts.

If you'd like more information, there are lots of resources out there.  One of them is a book titled "Complex Cloth" by Jane Davilla.  My biggest challenge is finding the foil, in colors.  I am sure I can find it online.  If anyone has a favorite place to buy such things, I would appreciate hearing about it!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

LET LOVE BE YOU GUIDE - Fabric Paper Art Quilt

Hmmm... yes, I'm really lovin' it... paper fabric or fabric paper... collage... or journal... whatever you'd like to call it... I'm LOVIN doin' it!

The basic muslin, tissue paper top has been created, painted, and "ironed into submission" - as I like to call it!  I will layer it with batting, a stabilizer, and backing fabric.

I may at that time, add my flower fusings... cutting some from prints, some with my sizzix machine. 


Then it time for stitching.  This little artsy collage quilt is done entirely in WHITE thread - a
 FIRST for me.  I'm usually gravitating towards lots of color, or at least a variegated thread many times will be my choice.  This white thread is a 40 weight KING TUT from Superior Threads.  LOVE Love LOVE it!

And some more white thread stitching around painted elements... And then a bit of copper-gold metal leaf... (below) This is the real stuff and it's flakey, but oh-so-very fabulous when it's finished!

Can you see the outline of the paper doilie?  I LOVE this texture!

See the clearish looking swirly spots on top of this picture to the right?  That's the glue from Jones Tones foil glue.  It's different from the gold leafing in the above pics; it's dimensional & slightly raised.  Or you can 'smear' it a bit... whatever strikes your FANCY!
 Here, (above picture) foil has been applied (although you may not see it very well); it's there!  I like the little dots especially!
And... "that's a WRAP!"  I mean, I've just wrapped the backing fabric to the top for a 'binding' -- being very liberal with that word!  You could also choose to cut it with a pinking shears on the edge, and brush those edges with paint (maybe next time!) or a zig zag stitch, or cording...or more.  Regardless,  it's simple.  No muss---no fuss.   Finished!  And I really... LOVE that!
Inspired by
Ephesians chapter 5, 
known as the "love & marriage chapter" of the Bible.  5:2 says "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Soli deo Gloria! Thank you Lord for sending us your Son, and for loving us first.
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