Friday, 3 April 2020

Memory Quilts

In my last blog Using Photos for a Memory Quilt, I used the Colourcraft Image Transfer Medium. I thought I would share other ways of transferring images to fabric.


As I am unable to be with my family at the moment the memory quilt I made a few years ago that I have on my setee is especially treasured at the moment.
It is made from fabric which all hold memories, a piece of my wedding dress, the front to my Grandpa's shirt, the lace from my grandmother's nightdress, fabric from my daughter's prom dress, a piece from one of my son's waistcoats and fabric from my other son's boxers!
Can you find them on the quilt?


I am blowing bubbles as a child in one picture and holding my newborn daughter in another. 



Using photo fabric direct in the printer


Cotton twill fabric is soft to the touch and paper-backed for use with inkjet printers.
Product can be hand washed or dry cleaned.
There are silk and heavier cotton versions too.


 


Making your own photo fabric


Cut freezer paper into A4 size sheets.
Cut your fabric a little larger than the freezer paper.
Heat your iron to HIGH. Iron the fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper.
Trim the fabric to the A4 paper size. A rotary fabric cutter and a good metal ruler is recommended.
One sheet at a time, print your images on the fabric side. 
 You may have to coax it a little, stay with your printer to pull through if necessary.
 (Tip: if it is too flimsy, iron a second piece of freezer paper to the back of the first piece)
Let the ink dry for 30 minutes before handling.
Peel fabric away from the freezer paper backing.
If this fabric is for a craft and will never be washed, you can stop here. Otherwise, rinse the fabric for 30 seconds under running water, until the water runs clear.
Lay the fabric flat on a towel to dry. Iron with a warm iron.


Here are examples of students' images, from workshops I've led. One is a pocket, the other a glasses case.




Photos printed onto fabric can be turned into so many special gifts to cheer folk up.

What photos would you like to add to fabric?

Helen x

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

It's A Cat's Life with Suzi

Good Day All, It's the start of a new month so time for a new theme, this month's theme is 'Mixed Media' so for today's post I've created a Mixed Media Canvas using Acrylic Inks, Modelling Paste, Koh-I-Noor Progresso Aquarelle Pencil and some fun stamps from my stash.


You've probably figured out by now that I love using Acrylic Inks, they are so versatile, and rich in pigment.  I decided to try a couple of different techniques with them, mixing them with water to create sprays;



As well as mixing them with modelling paste;


Once I'd finished mixing sprays and pastes it was time to get started on my project; I took an 8 x 10 Canvas and added a few layers of the sprays I'd created.  I also sprayed a piece of white card stock which would use to stamp my focal images and sentiment.


Once the sprays were dry I used a stencil from my stash along with the blue and green pastes I'd created to add some texture to the canvas.


After the pastes had dried a little I added another layer of the sprays. This added more definition to my stenciled texture.


Next using a stencil I'd created with a 2 1/2 inch circle punch I added 3 circles of white gesso.


Using another stencil and Black Acrylic Ink I added some black to my canvas.  I also added more white gesso.


Once the white gesso was dry, using the circle stencil I added some yellow paste to my canvas. 


After the yellow paste had dried a little I added more of the sprays.  I then set about stamping my images and sentiment.  I left my images to dry and them fussy cut them out before adhering them to my canvas.  My images are some of the Cats from Katzelkraft, I used an old alphabet set from Graphic 45 for my sentiment.


My canvas was nearly finished, but I wanted to add a little colour to the cats' eyes as well as ground the cats.  To ground the cats and outline the sentiment I used a Koh-I-Noor Progresso Aquarelle Pencil dipped in Matte Medium; You can draw on your project and then activate the Pencil with water, but if you dip your Pencil into Matte Medium before you draw it activates the Pencils more and gives you a really dark mark, once dry these marks are permanent.


As you can see the Koh-I-Noor Pencil adds wonderful definition to the canvas.  You could use Black Acrylic Ink instead, but I find the Pencil is a lot easier to control.  Here's some close ups of the Cats;




This was a fun project to create, I've had the cat stamps in my stash for ages and this is the first time I've used them, I just love their characters. The colour scheme I chose was more muted than my usual choices, but it's still pretty dramatic with that pop of black, I love the contrast.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I've created my project and the different ways I've used the Acrylic Inks and Aquarelle Pencil.

Thanks for visiting with us today
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx
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