Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nature with Fabric

Today is the start of a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils.  This time I am the hostess and am calling it Fabric and Fibres.  I describe it this way:

Let's add some fabric and/or fibres to our creations this month. You can use linen, burlap, organza, wool, lace, ribbon, rope to name a few. The list is almost endless but whatever you add, make sure there is some stamping or stenciling (or both) on your creation as well.

I started with a deep canvas from the dollar store and stenciled a vine border on the top and around the sides using Golden Light Molding Paste and a Dylusions stencil called Leaf Flourish Small.  Next I gave it a coat of Liquitex White Gesso.

The next step was to paint everything with Driftwood Acrylic Paint from DecoArt and then dry brush randomly with DecoArt Bleached Sand.

I stamped some muslin scraps with Liquitex Black Gesso.  One has a butterfly from Hero Arts and the other has a tulip from an IndigoBlu set called Butterfly Collector.  I sewed some quilt batting to the back of the stamped pieces and then frayed the edges,

I used some one-step Coal Black Metal Paint from DecoArt to paint a wooden flower from the dollar store and a leaf sticker from Martha Stewart that I bought in the clearance section at Michaels.  A gold pearl from Dovecraft was added to the centre of the flower and the leaf was mounted on some burlap ribbon.

I stamped a leaf from a Tim Holtz set called Leaf Prints onto a scrap of cream card using Jet Black Archival Ink and then fussy cut it.  Next I added some Gold Embossing Powder from Recollections to create a few highlights.  To add the embossing powder, I used an embossing pen from Zig in a few random areas and then gently sprinkled the powder on those areas.  The embossing pens are a great tool because they allow you to add embossing in tiny areas rather than all over.

It was time to assemble my nature collage but first I collected a few more items to embellish it:
  • A piece of wood from the local playground that I wrapped with some gold Artistic wire.
  • Some bits of lace from my stash.
  • A gold skeleton leaf from Papermania.
  • Some canvas ribbon from a wholesale outlet in Fancy Gap, Virginia.
  • Buttons from my stash.

This time I purposely laid everything out with separation because I wanted a structured look to my canvas but I plan to do another canvas with similar elements and group/overlap them to see which look I prefer - stay tuned.

I am going to enter this canvas in the following challenges:

Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly - Put A Stamp On It

Card Und More - Buttons
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes


  1. I love your canvas Cec! Gorgeous neutral colour palette with subtle touches of gold. I 'm also liking the structured layout of this piece and will be looking forward to further developments. Toni xx

  2. Beautiful canvas Cec, I love the natural tones and the nature theme. Sue C x

  3. Beautiful work Cec - really lovely piece you have created and all the fabric looks amazing! Big hugs rachel x

  4. What a stunning collage, Cec! The grid is so appealing and the neutral colors make this definitely something I would love to hang in my home. Bravo on such an amazing take on our challenge. Hugs, Autumn

  5. I love the nature themed project! I like the variety of materials and methods that you used to create your art. It's amazing. :)

  6. a nice card. thank you for your participation on cards-and more challenge blog. Margrit


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