Monday, 14 December 2015

When Paper Becomes Fabric

Happy Monday, everyone!
We're starting the new week with a stunning creation by Gayle, our Collage Queen! :)
Gayle's revealing some really clever tricks that will surely inspire you to create with us.


Hello Finnabair friends. This month I’ve worked with pattern, layers and have tried to create an “illusion”.
Finnabair has produced so many beautiful stamps and they can of course be used in many different ways. I admit to using them as mostly “background” elements, or to use them to create areas of contrast (when used with black ink or embossed with white). They mostly play just a “supporting” role. But today’s project is really all about the stamps.


I have tried to make paper look like printed fabric.


I have taken 6 different Finnabair textural stamps, Archival Ink in black, blue and red and done repeat stamping onto Bond Paper. This is a strong, high quality paper used for graphic work involving pencil, pen and felt tipped markers. It can sometimes contain rag fibre pulp which produces a stronger, but rougher sheet of paper. It really stands up to being saturated with wet mediums.


I liberally sprayed the stamped paper with Distress Spray Stains, dried it slightly, then scrunched it up into a ball to create creases. Then, while it was still slightly damp the paper was easy to mould and shape into folds and gathers, just as you would with fabric.


The background is a piece of Honeycomb Resist Canvas. A little stamping and some paper, washi tape and cloth strips stuck down.
Colour comes from Distress Spray Stain and a tea bag just “dropped” onto the canvas and misted with water.


When the background was dry I added some more surface texture and pattern with a Doily stencil and Copper Texture Paste. To “glitz” up the feathers I used Aged Silver Embossing Enamel.


To decorate the face, firstly give the photo a coat of Clear Gesso. Then you can use virtually anything on it to add colour, pattern and detail.
I used Archival Ink through a Honeycomb stencil for pattern, then very “soft, oily” coloured pencils for colour. (If you use “hard” coloured pencils they will rub and “scratch” off the coat of gesso and they will not be able to coat and colour the very smooth and shiny surface of the photograph)
I have also used Mica Powders mixed with Soft Gloss Gel to paint on colour.


I have added some gold beading and cotton threads to try and emphasise the “fabric “ look.


 Detail of Mica Powder colour and Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets Flowers.


Wishing you all a wonderfully creative week!
Gayle

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20 comments:

Елена Смоктунова said...

Absolute talent, absolute beauty! I love your works!

Michelle Brown said...

Absolutely stunning. I actually thought that fabric had been used to make the collage. tfs

Athanasia said...

Wow and wow! !!! So amazing and original piece of art! I absolutely love it!

Paper Profusion said...

Wow - Genius use of the stamps!!! Love your creativity. Nicola x

Kim Collister said...

Pure Magic! Who would guess? Loved the entire process and results!!
XO KIm

Trijnie Helder said...

very nice i am just a starter and i love itt that you write down al the stuff that you use hope they sell it here in Holland greetings Trijnie Helder

Tracey said...

Absolutely stunning

Bev Hayne said...

Totally spectacular!!

A. Marie said...

You really sold the look of fabric and I really enjoy your color/pattern combinations in this piece. Great job! May your muse keep on feeding you such vibrant inspiration!

Kathy Bradley said...

You always come up with the most amazing and gorgeous pieces, Gayle. The head piece you created and the stamping and colors on her face are absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing the process.

Addie said...

A fabulous work of art. Your labor, talent and imagination woven all together created this wonder!

Purvi Gadewar said...

Absolutely stunning! Amazing!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

I thought them to be fabric scraps at first ..amazing illusion !

Siiri Viljanen said...

I love this!! Such a great idea with the headpiece of "fabric"! :)

Helen Tilbury said...

GAYLE you have outdone yourself here! Simply brilliant!!

Debs Smith said...

Wow! What an amazingling stunning piece. It really grabs you and jumps out of the page. Love it!

mamablitger said...

Oh dear....this is yet another gorgeous piece of ART from you. It's amazing, stunning and gorgeous. I just love it. Thank you for sharing. Your work is such a fabulous source of inspiration to me.
Hugs from Monica.... Spain

zandra said...

Amazing! I thought it really was fabric. Love it.

Sharon Walker said...

WOW! Gayle you have done it again!!! Another totally beautiful work of art, I had to read down the entire method to see how on earth you managed to create the fabric! lol. I especially love the model's make up, the whole thing just gels together. Thank you for sharing your talent. xx

Lizzyc said...

Stunning work! Breathtaking beautiful end result!