Paper and Fiber Arts

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Art Journal Page - Image Transfer Over Embroidery

Denim Fabric Was Printed, Embroidered, Stamped and Collaged
It is so much fun to incorporate fabric, paper, thread, ink and other tools and supplies together while exploring creative endeavors.  The outside cover of this book was the subject of my post here.  As I am working on the pages on the inside, I will attempt to share some of the challenges and successes in working with mixed media.  This fabric page has a ribbon border on the top and bottom.  It frames a stamped sentiment using Staz-On ink and a butterfly image using pigment ink. These were all applied after completing the base design in the center.
OESD's Sepia Petals Designs and Pigment Ink with CTMH Stamp 
I wanted to use a graphic that came with the embroidery design collection as a base for my page.  It seemed like a good time to experiment with running a piece of 10 ounce denim fabric through the ink jet printer we have had for several years. I ironed a piece of freezer paper to the piece and it went through with no problems.  Do you think holding one's breath during the process helps? :-)  The image turned out great, in fact!

Image Transfer Technique Using Golden's Matte Medium
After using a machine embroidery design on the page, it was time to add more layers.  A scrapbook page that I made several months ago had the right colors and conveyed a sense of exploration that I wanted to show on this page.  I made an image transfer of it from a photo printed at home on a regular HP ink jet printer.  After coating it with the matte medium a couple of times, I soaked it in water and rubbed off the back of the paper.  The picture shown above on the left is a photo after it was painted with the medium, but before soaking the paper off.  The bent photo on the right in the picture above is after the paper is off.  It is flexible and somewhat fragile.  You can see the top edge is ripped a little.

I may add more to this page as time goes on, but for now, I am happy with what I discovered while working on it.
Gluing Paper to Fabric With Claudine Helmuth's Studio Matte Medium
and Aleene's Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue
The picture above shows another couple of pages as I was experimenting with different adhesives.  Please stop by again for another installment as these are completed.

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