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.
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,
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