Friday, 13 June 2014

Fabric and Flowers (posted by Judith)

Hi Folks, well it's my turn to post my little accordian style book, as suggested by Elaine, and inspired by Kate Crane.

I decided very early on that I wanted to use fabric as the basis for my book inspired by the work of Lin Brown whose work I admire so much. I was very lucky to attend one of her workshops recently covering this very subject, so it helped my project along enormously!

I started by cutting out some watercolour pages to 5" x 5", as this was the size that I wanted to work on. I covered all of the pages with fabric, using Bondaweb, and gave them a wash of colour using Paper Artsy paints. I added stencilling, stamping, and in some cases, some texture paste through stencils as well. I coloured some of the texture paste before I used it with paint for my front and back covers, saving time colouring the paste afterwards.

I stamped several images onto sparkly acetate, and also onto spare watercolour paper, which I painted with the paints to co-ordinate with my backgrounds. I then stuck the acetate to the painted images before I added them to the backgrounds.

I have used a couple of Lin Brown stencils on this page, which is the front cover of my book, and a Paper Artsy butterfly.

On these two pages, I have added some lace painted with paint to tie into my colour scheme, and some stamps by Jo Capper-Sandon join the Paper Artsy stamps.

I have watercoloured some stamped flowers directly onto the fabric on these pages, and added more stencilling. This time I have added script to the stencilling as well. The words are stamped onto painted fabric.

I have added a flower stamped onto black card to this page and another little Jo Capper-Sandon butterfly on sparkly acetate. The foliage was stamped in white, and given a colourwash of yellow and orange.

I have added fabric tags to these two pages, stapling the fibres to the tags instead of tying them in the traditional way.

Finally on my back cover, I have added scraps of tinted lace along with the Jo Capper-Sandon stamps. More textured stencilling completes the background.  I have dry brushed the edges of all of my pages with paint, using a variety of colours to tone in with each page. I also added some fabric tabs between the pages for interest.

My construction is not the same as Kate's, I have hidden the ends of my pages within the concertina folds, preferring an edge to edge look inside the book. I went for black card, like Elaine, as I felt that it complimented my bright colours and black stamping.

I have enjoyed the process of making my little book, and hope that you like the end result. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


Elaine said...

Judith, what a brilliant project. Your fabric pages make for a really different take on the idea and you have got some lovely colour ways in your different pages. Your course with Lin has obviously been a great influence and the coloured stencilling looks really super. I love your different insects and flowers, they work brilliantly and I love it that we both used Jo CS's lovely bees in our projects, they are such beautiful stamps. The little touches of coloured lace add great texture. Lovely work. Elaine xxx

craftimamma said...

Whoohoo, what a fabulous project Judith! I love the fabric pages too
and and you've used lots of my favourite PaperArtsy products to create a beautiful book. Wonderful colours throughout and lots of gorgeous texture with the stencilling and lace and not forgetting the lovely mix of stamps. I love it!

Lesley Xx

Helen said...

WOW!! love this book, Judith.

Anonymous said...

Judith, that is so beautiful. Every detail is perfect. I would to see it in real life, I'm sure the textures are amazing.

Jacqui Chimes said...

This is gorgeous - I really enjoyed this workshop too - you're interpretation of the techniques is just lovely

yoursartfully said...

Your mini book looks amazing Judith. So pleased that the class was helpful, your book is full to the brim with gorgeous things.


Jo said...

What a fabulous book, Judith. You've achieved great effects with the fabric and paints. I admire your bold use of colour especially on the 'Papillon' page. It's a feast for the eyes and I can imagine it's even more luscious to handle.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, this is stunning Judith. I love the fabric pages, such a great idea if you've got a stash of fabric like I have. I especially love the Garden of Dreams page.

Sue xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow this book is just amazing, every picture tells a story, I really love these Engish gardens you made a lot!!! Great ART!!