Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday playtime

I've had a bit of an idea swimming around in my head for a couple of weeks and I decided that today was the day to try it out. You may remember from previous posts that I have been bonding fabric to tags with Bondaweb or Heat'n'Bond and this idea is an extension of that....patchwork fabric without any sewing.

I gathered together a few pieces of fabric that are quite neutral colours and applied Bondaweb to the back of the fabric with an iron.

I actually had two ideas that I wanted to try out and the one I am going to share with you today uses just ivory coloured fabric, I'll share the other idea with you another day. 

I cut my fabric into smaller squares and rectangles and bonded them to my tag with a small iron. I didn't really want a pattern to form, I wanted the pieces to overlap each other and be quite a random arrangement. The idea was to build texture rather than pattern.

I love that raggedy look and made a conscious decision to leave all the hanging threads. I applied a layer of Grunge Paste through one of my new stencils PS006.

When the Grunge Paste was thoroughly dry, I used Chartreuse and Tikka Fresco paint (from my box of Limited Edition colours) blended together to cover the fabric and Grunge Paste.

I'm loving this effect.

I dry brushed a little bit of Chutney around the edges of the tag to frame it.

Then I stencilled some Chutney through a few of the dots on my PS001 stencil and rubbed some Treasure Gold on the Grunge Paste which really made the leaves pop.

I really like the tag as it is but of course it does need a focal point of some description. I had some left over fabric with Bondaweb on it and decided to die cut a few things. I used my Bloom, Branch and Leaf 1 dies along with the smallest size Grunge Flower die.

I painted my Bloom with Chutney and loved how the little gold dots on the fabric just popped through the paint....what an unexpected but lovely result!! All the other shapes were painted with Chartreuse then edged with a tiny amount of Seaweed.

I stamped them with images from PaperArtsy ELB07 using Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival Ink.....really love this colour......if you don't have it, you should make it your next ink pad purchase. I then decided to add some detail with my sewing machine.....don't look too closely at my wobbly stitching!!!!

I have no idea why my flower is looking pink in this photo, it is the same colour as the dots on the tag in real life!!!

It's not looking quite so pink in this shot!

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial. I'll be back later in the week to show you what I did with this.


Helen said...

wow, the fabric looks great under the paint on your tag, Lin! Those colours of yours are just gorgeous.

sam21ski said...

Fab tag, love you new paint colours xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really love this tag Lin those colours are so yummy and warm. Xx

Lin said...

oh love this Lin...looks very interesting xxx beautiful colours x

Sarah B said...

love the paint on the edges of the fabric & the new paint colours x

Le petit monde de Louison said...

I love it!!! Beautiful!!

Kath said... the effect you get with fabric xxx

margaret said...

Lovely looking forward to seeing the next one!!!

butterfly said...

Really loving those raggedy edges, and how you get not only the texture but darker colour shades where the threads are. Fabulous tag, and can't wait to see what's next for the canvas!
Alison x

augcott said...

Gosh that's beautiful!
Wish I had your talent!
Well done.
diane @ thoughts and shots

annekescardart said...

What a wonderful tag. And thank you very much for your explanation. I really love this project Anneke.

Carol said...

Gorgeous - love how the materials dots popped through the paint to.

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a brilliant tutorial! I'm very excited about giving this a try! Such great ideas! Julie Ann xxx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Gorgeous tag! Love the paint on the fabric by new colours. Looking forward to next tutorial. Thanks.
Etsuko xx

WendyK said...

Gorgeous tag Lin. Love the look of the ragged edges, and the paint colours are lovely. I think I feel another set of paints on the shopping list.

massofhair said...

Definitely having a play with this Lin, love sewing on tags & the TG on the GP leaves is outstanding :-) xxx

Living to work - working to live said...

Bother - just ordered some paints and forgot the grunge paste!

I love this! I really do! Am going to follow the concept when I get my paints and in my sketchbook.

I'm also planning a quilt for FOQ in August and thinking that some of your colours and possibly techniques might influence the finished product.



sally said...

What fun....looking forward to seeing what you did with the other piece :-)


Hazel Agnew said...

Exciting stuff Lin. Fab results. Another gorgeous idea. X

lyn brown said...

What an ingenious idea, really like the effect you've achieved and the colours are great !

Kim x said...

Hi Lin, this is just fantastic. I love the colours, really must play with some stencils and paste.
hugs Kimx

Wanda H said...

This is wonderful!!! I especially love the background!!! The flower looks purple to me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lin, that is a gorgeous tag, the background is stunning.
PS The comment before mine is spam, you might want to delete it.

Coco said...

Wow... fabulous tag Lin, thanks much for sharing your technique with us also. :) Hugs, Coco x