Archive for May, 2012

Making fabric with Crash

May 14, 2012

Crash fabric is like crinkle lutradur. The crinkled fabric does great things with playing with the light that hits it when painted or coloured. Lightweight, similar to Lutradur 30, it gives a wonderful textured look to your work. However for some projects its good to have a fabric with a bit more body. By layering up Crash you can create a wonderfully textured Fabric to use for journal covers, bags and purses…whatever you like!

Gather your supplies: Crash fabric, WonderUnder Fusible Web, paints, gesso, iron, ironing board and baking paper. Step 1: Cut the Crash fabric in half. Lay half down on your ironing board. Step 2:  Lay down the WonderUnder over the Crash fabric.

 

Step 3: Tear up the other half of the Crash fabric into small pieces and place over the WonderUnder randomly.

Step 4: Place the baking paper over the whole pile of fabric. Iron on medium setting to adhere all layers.

 

Step 5: Move the fabric to a plastic coated table. You have a choice here – to coat with gesso or not. Go to Step 6 if you do not wish to gesso the fabric. A coating of gesso will give the fabric greater robustness for bags etc. Continuing with the gesso-ed example, paint the gesso over the whole surface. Allow to dry. Be aware that the paint will go through the fabric.

Step 6: Paint with your fabric paints or sprays. Allow to dry. Use lumiere over the surface with a fan brush to give the fabric a metallic sparkle. This technique is called dry brush because you don’t add water. Simply dip only the very tips of the fan brush in the lumiere paint and then brush across your piece at an angle of about 30 degrees to the fabric surface.

Fabric not painted with gesso being coloured with Tumble dyes

Painted Crash fabric – paints used are tumble dyes with Lumiere dry brushed over the top. It’s now ready to be sealed with Mod Podge, acrylic wax or even gel medium. The fabric is still flexible and is ready to be made up into whatever you like! Kits are available with Crash fabric and WonderUnder for you to play with, see my shop site for details of the Crash Kit.

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May Musings…

May 2, 2012

Been playing with the 3D lumiere paint again, this time seeing how the glue side of things work. This little number is a collection of hand painted tubes about 7mm in diameter. The 3D lumiere paint has stuck them down quite well and the paint itself is very solid too. Took a few days to dry so handy to have a piece of cardboard under for shifting it around the studio.

My friend, Jill Burgess,  has been getting creative with the tumble dyes. The lace on the dress was sprayed Charcoal and used to imprint onto the matching top. The top started out as white fabric and now has a lovely lace pattern all over it. The outfit was under construction when I took this but I understand it debutes this weekend. Looks fantastic Jill!

Sneek peak at one of my pieces for the upcoming exhibition at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Redcliffe, Queensland. The exhibition is by the Reddy Arts Textile Group and is on from July 12 to August 25. We’ll be having an Open Day at the Gallery on July 17 – talks and demos etc at the Gallery. Its going to be fun.

Prior to that exhibition, I have another set of work in an exhibition called “The Dress” opening in Adelaide on June 8 and going through to July 1 and the above is a sneak peak of that one. It’s on at Gallery M, Marion, South Australia. Lots to see here as its two groups of artists with a strong textile focus.