Xpandaprint play!

Well, I was going to get on with couching threads around my collage and the blue one is sitting by my sewing machine with a bundle of matching threads as I type. But on Sunday someone at church asked me to make a tree for an Easter collage – they started doing one with the kids at their youth group but didn’t realise they weren’t meeting this week so they need to make it themselves. So collages and knitting duly abandoned, I dug out my notes for the Elements in Fabric course I did at Quilt University last year. And I dug out my Xpandaprint to add texture to the trunk and branches and painted a tree on a piece of background fabric. Here it is, waiting to be expanded:

white tree on greeny reddy background fabric

The Xpandaprint doesn’t keep for ever and it was getting a bit gungy so of course I had to finish the jar – no point in letting it hang around for a few more months and go to waste! Of course not. So I painted some rocks in case I ever start the earth piece (I completed the water, air and fire ones but ran out of steam before I got to earth). Here they are, sprinkled with fine glitter and Jacquard mica powder. It’s a bit hard to see the Xpandaprint because they are on white fabric.

small pieces of fabric with invisible xpandaprint and sprinkles of glitter and colour

To link it up to the Symbols course I thought I’d print a few with a couple of the blocks I made. Here is one of them, on orange acrylic felt (I thought I could do a bit of melting and distorting later). It prints really well on to felt.

white xpandaprint printed on orange felt

Here it is expanded. I have left the other things to dry because the instructions say to (to avoid puffing them up too much, I think) but I expanded this one straight away.

puffed up xpandaprint on orange felt.

Next step is to heat the tree and rocks to expand them, paint them and add highlights with Markals.

Lace and foil

This lace has got painted Bondaweb fused to it, and foil added to reveal the texture of the lace.

lace as you have never seen it before

another such

Here are a couple of the photos of painted Bondaweb before I adhered them to the various objects. It goes into an interesting texture when it is wet and dries like that. I used Jacquard textile paints mainly. Some Lumiere too.

red, yellow, green painted bondaweb#

painted bondaweb

Brown paper and Bondaweb!

Here is another element in the collage. I painted brown paper and scrumpled it up after it was dry. Then I fused it on to calico and fused painted Bondaweb on top. Here are a few of them:

red-orange textured paper

red paper with brick-like texture

multicoloured brown paper (duh?) with texture added

green/orange textured paper

Preparing to make collage postcards

I may have been quiet this week but I have been working! Today I was painting a silk scarf as a birthday present for a friend who recently lost her husband – I’ll post a photo of it tomorrow after I’ve given it to her. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this, but I’d better not risk it!

I’ve also been doing lots of painting Bondaweb, ironing it to fabric and other stuff, in preparation for making a lot of colourful collaged postcards. I love doing this – such bright colours and sparkly angelina and melting stuff – a bit of pyromania always gets me going! (I’m really behind on the symbols course – lesson 6 was posted on Tuesday and I haven’t begun lesson 4 yet!).

There are several elements to this collaging postcards bit. I adapted these from an embroidery course I did a year ago. These are chiffon scarves with painted Bondaweb fused to them, angelina and another layer of chiffon scarf on top of that – the whole lot is then ironed underneath baking parchment to fuse it all together.

colourful, sparkly constructed fabric

colourful, sparkly fabric

colourful, sparkly fabric - more!

I will be cutting these up and adding them to other collage elements and fusing them all to a background fabric and then making postcards from them. Next element coming up tomorrow!