Good Morning Folks
Donna-Marie here to share a new technique with you that combines both paper and fiber art.
...Toilet Paper Art .
I know I promised a video but here in the northeast we are in our 6th day of a heat wave...ugh!!!
I live in New England for a reason...I would rather be cold than hot.
Anyway my craft room is our sunroom with all windows...a beautiful place to create indeed until the heat and humidity rear their ugly heads. I could only last a short time in my room so pictures will have to do today.
I have lots of photos so grab a comfy spot and enjoy:-)
Here is a close up of a completed piece
Here is the stamp I used.
Once this piece has dried it becomes a piece of fabric...flexible yet sturdy so I was able to include my fiber art and create this...
I added beads and embroidery along with some yummy wool fibers for a one of a kind piece...all from toilet paper!!!
Let's see how this works...
You will need 2ply toilet paper, a foam brush, watered down gel medium (one teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water) make sure the medium is well dissolved, spray bottle of water, a stamp and a brayer.
The stamp you choose is important. It can be any variety...on a block, no block, clear, doesn't matter however what does matter is how deeply it is etched. The stamp should have nice deep areas throughout the stamp for maximum benefit.
Get your gel mixture ready first
choose your stamp and let's go...
I chose an all around stamp background pattern this time...mist it heavily with water.
Lay your toilet paper down...you can see that I have overlapped the center and also have it hanging of the edge. The overlapped part will not show on the final piece and the edges that hang over become "ruffly" like a lettuce leaf edge which is pretty when colored.
I spayed the piece down again after I laid down my paper.
Then I go over it with my foam brush loaded with the water/gel mixture. Do not rub "dab" up and down releasing the liquid otherwise you will tear the paper. No worries if it tears slightly with all the layers going down it will be fine.
After you have added the water/gel mix run over it with a brayer. Not back and forth...only one direction!! Then continue with the layers in the exact same way: water, paper, mixture, brayer...I used 6 in all.
This is what it looks like when all 6 layers are down.
Now carefully peel up the entire paper piece off the stamp and flip it over...you will see the beautiful embossed image. Because the image is fully saturated now is the time to color it especially if the medium you are using is water soluble...like Dylusions Inks :-)
I sprayed the piece with 4 colors of Dylusions Ink: Fresh Lime, London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise, and After Midnight. The image looks very dark right now because it is saturated but when dry it lightens up quite a bit!!
It takes almost 48 hours for this to dry so I can not show you the final project but I have another piece done the same exact way with another stamp...
I added some embroidery, beads, and small mini flowers...look at the edges love the unfinished "ruffly" look. I am working on a fabric book or these pieces...stay tuned :-)
And here is the piece used in my mixed media piece entered into the eP challenge see it in the frame. I also used the extra pieces I cut off to fit it in the frame as part of the background.
I hope this inspires you to be creative and mix your love of the arts no matter which ones you enjoy the most :-)