I’m still working on the Postcard Fabric Challenge that I wrote about last week. I kind of had a little bit of a set back. I loved the cheesecloth skins that I had painted. The problem came when I tried to store them. I just stacked them together. Well… they all stuck together and I could only get parts of them to release. Parts of the skins are usable, but not much. I had to make some more:
These are my new skins and I’m really happy with them. I also have a plan for how I want to use them!!
So… it takes me a really long time to think about creative things and come up with ideas – even choosing colors. Last week I made the cheesecloth skins and this week I worked on adding paint and stamping the skins.
I just used regular acrylic paint that I had lying around. Some of the paint I thinned with water to make it lighter and thinner. I love this tree stamp and thought this would be the perfect use for it. Now I have to decide how I will use these fabrics to make a fabric postcard. That’s going to take awhile!!
I had so much fun with the January PFA challenge, I have decided to join in for the February challenge. This time we are making “Cheesecloth Skins“. For this challenge, I did go out and buy the Liquitex Acryic Matte Medium.
Because this is a rather messy project, I brought out the art trays I used for my kids when they were young and also for kids’ art classes. I followed the instructions and taped down freezer paper with the shiny side up.
Then the Matte Medium is poured onto the freezer paper.
I used a sponge brush to cover the freezer paper with the Liquitex and placed the cheesecloth on top.
After the cheesecloth is smoothed out, more Liquitex is brushed on top until the entire piece of cheesecloth is saturated.
This is the same process except that words are added to the freezer paper with a sharpie pen before any of the Liquitex is added. The words are supposed to be transferred onto the cloth once the Liquitex is dry. Hopefully this works because I have an idea in mind for a different challenge being put on by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.
The next step in this process, after the Liquitex dries, is to paint the cheesecloth. Once it’s dry, it’s ready to be used. I can’t wait to see if all of this works and to try painting the cloth. This has sparked so many ideas in my mind!!
The Postcard Fabric Art January challenge has been really interesting. There is a Facebook group called Postcard Fabric Art. I’m not sure how I found it, but it sounded interesting so I decided to join in.
It took me a couple of weeks to decide what I would use as my image. This is my first post about the January challenge outlining my process. Then I had to think about what I wanted it to look like and choose paint etc. That post is here. After painting it sat on the counter while I decided how I wanted to stitch it. I looked at it many times a day (did I mention this counter is in our dining room?!). I started to put together a stitch plan in my head and then got it down on paper. The stitching took a lot longer than anticipated, but I’m really happy about it. The post about all the stitches used is here.
Next the decision for what to do with the back. I had some fabric in my stash that I thought was perfect.
The greens and blues made me think of the grass and the sky. The front of the work doesn’t look all that different than on my last post except that the edges are finished.
A simple ladder stitch was used to sew the the front to the back.
I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this and didn’t want it to just be put in a box somewhere so I decided to use it as a mug rug! It has turned out to be the perfect size! This is a picture of the first of four jars of water to drink that are needed to complete my gallon for today.
OK!! I am so excited!! I earned two awards for this challenge!!
I have been having so much fun with this project. You can see how it started here, and then the next step here. I put quite a bit of thought into what stitches to use and the colors. I didn’t really want to buy anything new so I went diving into my threads (and organized them a bit!) and put a stitch plan together.
The leaves are done in a detached chain stitch – J&P Coats #00148 (darker green) and Designs for the needle (lighter green). This one has no color number and is slightly faded in spots which gave it a more spotted color that I liked. The first leaf was done with two strands of floss; however, I thought that was too thick so everything else is done with one strand.
The bell of this flower is done in needlelace. I learned this in one of my classes at SFSNAD and simply love the technique. The rest of the flower is done in chain stitch and the stems are done in stem stitch.
J&P Coats #00167 (dk. orange). J&P Coats #00166 (light orange). J&P Coats #00148 (dk green). All with one strand of floss
The bird was started with the stem stitch but because there is batting on the back, little tufts of batting kept getting pulled to the front of the work (very frustrating!). After a little bit of this, I changed to back stitch with better results. The beak is done in satin stitch and the eye is a french knot – one strand of floss with two wraps.
The tree is done entirely in stem stitch as are the leaves at the bottom of the flower except for the vein which is done in back stitch. All in all this was a fun little project. A backing still needs to be added which will probably get done today. Picking fabric for the backing will be interesting!!
There is a fun FB group, called Postcard Fabric Art on Facebook that I have been following for awhile. They have challenges every month. This month is interesting as it combines fabric, paint and stitching. I am going to try my hand at this!
I found an image in this book that I want to use for my postcard.
This is the chosen image – it has been reduced by 10% and I am using only the center part where the two flowers and birds are.
I am using this piece of linen – the solid lines mark out a 4X6″ section.
The portion of the image that I want to paint and stitch has now been transferred to the fabric. Then I sewed batting to the back to add a bit of “plump” when it is stitched. The next step is to choose paint colors and make a stitch plan. Exciting!