Last summer I was invited by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine to participate in a special project. A group of designers and artists would be given the opportunity to use a collection of products to create an art piece in their given medium. I was honored to be asked and happily agreed. The products we were sent were from the Grafix® company. I was very intrigued with Dura-lar, the acetate alternative and Shrink Film and decided to create a fiber art tapestry. The projects will be published in the May/June 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and also as an on-line extra. So be sure to check out all the cool designs.
I first designed a stencil design and then cut it using my Cameo Silhouette machine. It worked wonderfully, creating a sturdy stencil.
I used the stencil to decorate cotton fabric, and my tag focal point. Full and partial parts of the stencil were used with white color textile paint. I loved how the stencil looked after using it, and decided to include it as a design element. The stencil already had paint on it from stenciling, so I just cut it in half.
Since I love handmade embellishments, I decided to use the Shrink Film to create a dimensional element. I used a Sizzix die, Vintage Doily (#657420) to first cut the film. It is important to remember that Shrink Film reduces to half its size, so plan accordingly. I painted the embellishments with metallic acrylic. I then sanded and reapplied the paint. This process was repeated until I was happy with the result.
When all of my elements were completed, I auditioned them and secured with pins. I then machine stitched them in place. The Shrink Film and cut stencil were adhered with fabric adhesive (I use Fabri-tac by Beacon adhesives).
I hope you enjoy all of our creations and are inspired to create your own!