Monday, November 14, 2011

The Design Wall This Week- Paper Fabric

The design wall is full this week, despite my promise to myself to take some time off. 

Recently I've been doing some Stacked Journaling studies in black and white, which I've then been using to create "paper fabric".

 (detail, 14" x 14")

We all know that everyone has their favorite recipe for creating paper fabric but I've never managed to make any that yielded better than a stiff and unstitchable final product, so I've been revisiting the process using some of my favorite supplies- matte fluid medium and painted deli papers.

As I've mentioned before, I create dozens of deli paper collage elements when I'm painting. I've found them to be incredibly durable, tough, and lovely, with their natural translucency and the way they greedily soak up paints and inks. Unlike tissue, deli papers can take a real beating without tearing and shredding. I use papers that have a matte finish side and a satin finish side, which I recommend because while paint and ink will stick to the glossy side, for obvious reasons the matte side will always have better holding power.

After I've painted my papers and they have fully dried, I use the fluid medium to glue just the edges of the papers together (I do this on top of a piece of plastic so that once it's dried on the plastic, I can peel the whole thing off cleanly.) I can create any final size I like, such as this 30" x 30" piece.

After getting all of the papers adhered to one another and allowing the completed piece to dry, it can be mounted onto lightweight, fusable interfacing. The resulting "fabric" has a soft, stitchable hand.

Don't ask me what I intend to do with this stuff... I'm not sure yet!

Create boldly!

- Judi
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