I came across Jill A Kennedy's article; QA June/July 09 No39 on making a paper/fabric background. ( the pic on the link next to the pink cuff is the embroidered paper patchwork in the article) Our very own Jackie Cardy has a wonderful article 2 pages before Jills! ( it occurs to me, after i've written all this, I'm not going to be accused of copywright fraud or plagerism am I? I'm just sharing what I did inspired by, etc, all credits done. What do you think? I certainly don't f'eel' this is wrong, or I wouldn't do it, it's already out there, in public.
She's used pink & blue wax crayons, love those colors but I used burnt orange & blue watercolor crayons for the first collage & once I'd bought some wax crayons I blindly chose ..red & green. Oh. She suggested one page of circular shapes, one page of linear patterns & the 3rd, blocks of the chosen colors. Sometimes you can overlap the colors & sometimes leave gaps, for the ink to sit on or fill. I didn't do much scratching into the wax to add texture.
watersoluable crayon & ink
cheap wax crayon
Cheap wax crayon & ink - quite different
On coming to use the orange & blue Brusho Inks with a sponge brush, I realised my mistake of using soluable crayons, but wonderful colors emerged, see above, 1st pic. I went over & over it, adding a little red or brown here & there & smiled when I read Corrine's "scribbling" post. I could relate to that, it reminded me of my birthday postcards, total freedom. I don't have a gold paint stick to go over the crayoning here & there so I used my adored Treasure Gold wax. A gold paintstick is on order! (just for ease of use, honest!)) You then layer a darker ink over the gold bits.
The next stage was to iron the pages! I'm not sure if the wax was melted into the paper but it does look very rich. Anyway, the kind of ironing I enjoy! Then more coloring, more gold wax & ink & ironed again. Of course all the ironing is done with a piece of baking paper or parchnment paper either side of the piece.
Then it's suggested to iron on a piece of interfacing on the backs of the papers but i don't have any iron on interfacing so I used the nappy liners I bought a hundred years ago with some shake on bondaweb stuff. laborious to say the least! Mind the heat if you use nappy liners! Next add Bondaweb to the fronts of the papers but as I didn't have any of that either (on order ;) I didn't. Not sure of the purpose of that, to tone it down a little? I didn't like the look of it tho, when I used it (all up) on a sheet of cuff fabric under organza once.
(just viewed these last few pics properly (a cookie has gotten into the program I usually use) & I see they're fuzzy, as I said, last minute, light going, last day...sorry!)
Jill suggests a felt backing for her 9" x 9" piece zigzagging all round for stability.
No felt so I backed it with sturdy denim. I do have a lot of that as it's what my craft fair stand panels used to be made out of. Not sure if I'm going to frame it 'properly' (my DH thinks my creative mess should be presented neatly to the public) or make it a very mini hanging. I also forgot to stitch my initials into the piece, may do it carefully by hand.
Not finished the other one yet. Never thought I'd use pale green & orange cotton that was kicking about - yes the red turned orange somewhere along the line. I think I'll umph it up a bit & scribble with some black thread.
I even made a sample for my sketchbook!
I'm impressed if you got THIS far!