Colourcraft sell an amazing range of products (many of which I have never seen anywhere else!) and I wanted to try out their Tissuetex, as I was intrigued to see how I could colour it with Brushos. It has the look of tissue paper, but doesn't disintegrate when wet, making it perfect for water based colours.
I cut several lengths of Tissuetex and used Brusho powders to colour them. I spritzed each piece with some water, sprinkle the Brusho colour over it and spritzed again before scrunching the Tissuetex to get the colour all over. (Tip: wear rubber gloves if you don't want orange hands!!) I used a mix of colours on each piece and love the random colour blends that occur.
Tissuetex can be torn along the length, so I tore strips approximately 1 inch wide ready to create my layers.
I cut a piece of cotton fabric for my base. To get the right size, I placed my sketch book on the fabric and cut the fabric slightly taller than the book, and allowed enough on each side to fold inside the covers to create a 'pocket'. I used pinking shears to cut it so I didn't need to hem the fabric.
Then I layered the strips across the fabric base and sewed them in place using a straight stitch on my sewing machine. Make sure each strip overlaps the previous one slightly so that the fabric doesn't show through.
I added a stamped tree inside the journal and highlighted the image with dots of gold ink.
I love how this turned out, the wonderful warm colours, and crumpled texture really captured the essence of autumn for me. I hope you are inspired to try out the Tissuetex - it was such a wonderful product to work with.
Thanks again to the Colourcraft team for letting me play with some of their great products, you can find more from me on my blog: www.thefatcactus.co.ukCheck out my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/TeresaMorgan