Hi everyone, and happy Tuesday!  Today I am sharing an art journal page that is almost completely made from fabric!  I was invited to be Guest Designer over on Try It On Tuesday, for their new challenge theme Feathered Friends which starts today.  As soon as I saw what the theme was going to be, I immediately got an idea for what I wanted to do, the only problem was trying to find the fabric I wanted to use, as things are still a bit chaotic here after switching everything around.  Eventually I found the one, plus a few more pieces I thought might work well.  Here’s my shortlist of potential fabrics pieces…

After I ironed all the fabric pieces, and worked out the placement for all of the pieces I wanted to use, I adhered them all in place with gel medium, creating a fabric collage.  I also added some handmade mulberry paper pieces in and around the fabrics just to add some white back to the page.

Using some paint pens, I added more details and extended some of the designs that had been cut off – some of the leaves, the yellow flowers, the orange leaves etc. – compare the photo below with the photo above to see the difference.

Time for a bit of stitching around the edges first, with some dark brown, and then some white thread.

I added some white gesso in various places, and I also made use of some of the selvedge markings from the fabrics I used and adhered them to the page.  There is also some dark blue Harris Tweed yarn made into a nest and popped underneath one of them in the bottom right of the page.

After splattering some gold ink around the page, I added the rest of it to the edges and then finished off with some Tim Holtz word stickers.  The mulberry paper I used has flowers and leaves and little twigs pressed inside it, and one of the little twigs can just be seen here peeking out between the yellow flowers.

Here’s a few close ups, just click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions…

Once everything was dry, I added the page into my current art journal and held it open with some clips while I took the photo.

I hope you enjoyed following along with how this page was created and feel inspired to enter the challenge.  Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!


watercolour paper, my usual journal, various fabrics, matte gel medium, handmade mulberry paper, gesso, paint pens, gold acrylic ink, thread, Harris Tweed yarn, white pen, TH black word stickers, sewing machine,


Try it on Tuesday – Feathered Friends (Guest Designer)
I am also entering this page into the following challenge/s this month…
Art Journal Journey –
Summer Countryside – July Challenge


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18 thoughts on “All Beauty Beyond Dreams

  1. butterfly says:

    Beautiful collaging – the summery feel of the colours is matched by the lovely variety of patterns and the added texture of the stitching. I can hear that bird singing his heart out in contentment!  Thanks so much for joining us in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey.
    Alison x

  2. Valerie-Jael says:

    Fabulous journal page, Elle, love how you used the fabric and sewing, really gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at TIOT and AJJ. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  3. pearshapedchris says:

    Wow! This is the most wonderful page Elle! Those fabrics work so well with all of your other elements – absolutely brilliant. It’s so good to have you here at Try It On Tuesday as our Guest Designer! Hugs, Chrisx

  4. Nancy Williams says:

    Elle, this is fabulous. I love that you used fabric on a lot of this, and the sewing is perfect. So inpiring and pretty! I appreciate all the pictures and details you provided too. I am going to get some fabric soon!

  5. Tammy says:

    WOW this page is stunning, I love all of the different fabric pieces you used and the yellow flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at TIOT as our guest designer.
    Tammy x

  6. Erika N says:

    This is gorgeous Elle. Using fabric was a super idea and makes a wonderful background. Your additions finish the page off too. I love the text and the yellow flowers. Actually I love the whole spread. Thanks for joining us at TIOT as our guest designer. And have a wonderful week. Hugs-Erika

  7. Helen A Hollinger says:

    Thanks for being our Guest Designer for this challenge! I absolutely adore your journal page with all that yummy fabric! How awesome!!! You rocked this challenge! Have a fantastic week! ((HUGS)) Halen

  8. Meggymay says:

    I love how you used fabric pieces and other elements to create this beautiful journal page.
    It is fantastic inspiration for the new TioT’s theme. Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this time.
    Have a good week and stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Thanks Yvonne, I have so much unused fabric, I thought I would put some of it to good use, especially this one with the pretty birds. Thanks for inviting me, and have a great week!

  9. Jo - Let's Art Journal says:

    Wow, this is stunning! I love the fabric pieces that you added to the collage and how you stitched them together – amazing ?. Thanks for the inspiration and for joining us as Guest Designer at TioT! Wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x

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