A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Playing with Paper

Let me start by saying that I like this technique a lot.  A couple of years ago my daughter and I made paper fabric valentines and had a lot of fun with the stitchable paper/fabric.

So I took some muslin and dipped it in the glue/water solution per Rosalita's instructions.  It finished with a pleasantly textured result.  I also did some cheesecloth and added some paint to the solution -- I'll talk about that in a future post.  Then I took some of my precious Godiva tissue paper and did the diluted glue dip.  It was kind of boring like that, so I added a couple of pieces of paper towels that I had used for clean up on a previous project.

The whole thing started to remind me of the ground after a hard rainstorm in late fall (except for the color), so I added a few maple pods for a resist.

I sprayed the whole thing with walnut antiquing spray and let it dry in the sun.

Now I have this textured piece of stiffish fabric.  I was planning to layer it with batting and a backing of some kind, then stitching all over it.  Then maybe some paint?  And I was wondering if getting out the burning tool and applying it to the edges might make an interesting finish...


  1. Ooooo, you have some great ideas for this piece. I'm anxious to see what you do with it.

  2. We love to set things on fire. Singe away!!!

  3. I have really liked this step by step process, I posted about my project on my blog http://amysetcetera.blogspot.com/2012/07/muslin-tissue-cheesecloth.html I tried several variations, with colored tissue paper, and acrylic paints. I'm still working on the finishing touches of my main piece. Thanks for the inspiration.


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