Fabric Elements Creative Challenge

Fabric Elements Creative Challenge

Fabric Elements is a line of pre-cut fabrics and coordinating elements designed by Rebekah Meier for Mixed Media Collage. I was excited to learn I could find these products locally, at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts. Wow, a whole line of products, including fabric, designed specifically for mixed media collage? I'm in . . . 

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"Ride the energy of your own unique spirit."

"Ride the energy of your own unique spirit."

The Original Documented Life Project (DLP) -Week 13

The March Theme is: Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
The March 28th Art Challenge is: Make a Custom Element

Journal Prompt: "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." ~ Gabrielle Roth

At first the challenge to make a custom element stumped me and I procrastinated a bit. Sound familiar? Time got the better of me and the creative part of my brain kicked in . . . 

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(More) Fabric Mail Art

Another Fabric Postcard I'm sending to Leslie at Alpha Stamps. This time I used Timtex to give the fabric postcard body. This is so much thicker than the Lutradur I used previously for a fabric postcard (see post below). Timtex is described as an interfacing used as a stabilizing product for hat bills, purse sides and bottoms, book covers etc. It is quite thick - about 1/4".

Lutradur on the other hand is described as: a non-woven polyester fabric that is well suited as an art medium. It's lightweight, delicate, and flexible, yet very strong. Lutradur has an open structure and accepts paint, ink, and other media and is delicate enough to filter light. Here is the back of my fabric postcard made with Timtex in the middle, click on the photos for greater detail, and see the previous post to catch a look at the Lutradur postcard.

For this postcard I used fabric images from the Alpha Stamps Mermaids 1 Fabric sheet. The large image on the front of the postcard I sewed on by machine to some rather thick 'coutil' fabric that Leslie sent. She tells me coutil is normally used for corsets (the thick weave helps keep the metal stays from cutting thru the fabric). It works well for fabric mail art too! I applied 'wonder under' which is an iron-on fusing agent to the smaller fabric images from the mermaid fabric sheet and then ironed them on to the address side of the fabric. I used rubber stamps and Fabrico/VersaCraft inks & set the inks with my heat gun. On the front of the postcard I sponged 2 colors of blue dye-na-flow ink onto the coutil fabric, sewed some fibers on (Alpha Stamps) as a frame with a big zig zig stitch and glued 2 Sanibel shells underneath the gold netting, which I also glued on to the base fabric. When everything was dry I glued the coutil fabric pieces, front & back, to the timtex which is in the middle with a white tacky glue called Grrrip Glue - I love this glue! I also used the same blue fibers to whip stitch around the edge. Then I used my permanent Micron Pen to address this to Leslie, added a self adhesive stamp & popped in in the mailbox! enjoy!