Thursday, December 3, 2009

Positive/Negative

Sooooo... I saw an article in Quilting Arts Magazine (by Enid Weichselbaum, Dec 09 issue) where she used alphabet stickers on fabric as a resist, then painted over them, removing the stickers to leave the original fabric below. I could not wait to try it. She had really interesting stickers from a scrapbook store. Wish I had some of those, but instead I used some press on stickers that were in the "stuff to get rid of in a yard sale some day". Good thing I never got around to having a yard sale.


I skipped most of the instructions (did not wash the fabric first, did not iron the fabric, did not put stabilizer backing on the fabric....) I just put some stickers on muslin and went to town. I got out my now favorite acrylic inks, brushed one color on, then brushed over that with a lot of water. Then brushed on a second color and added more water and blended them until I was happy with it.





You are supposed to let that dry before removing the stickers. I did use my heat gun to encourage it to dry faster, being careful not to hold the heat over the stickers too long. The fun part is peeling off the stickers to see what it looks like... ooooooh


Then I added more stickers, this time using words. I painted over the words, and also added some watered down ink over the white spaces.


I am really into all these layers. I'm not finished yet. Later, I might add some stamping and some hand lettering. I haven't decided yet.



This is not my first piece. The first thing I tried was just simple, single words. Then I put those on painted fabric to make funky tree shaped ornaments. See--they are funky, artsy shaped trees. They are NOT trees that say "I could not make a tree shape even though I drew it out on graph paper so the sides would be symmetrical." Nope.

I used a gold gel pen to outline the letters to make them pop a little.

These ornaments can also be used as a hat.....


Or earrings!
fun, fun, fun!!!

5 comments:

paula:) said...

I use to like this blog. BUt now since you put that person in purple on there - ME - I don't like it anymore. so sad.

gaye said...

Loved you taking the stickers to a second step. Looks very cool. Definitely letter on it next. Anyone can stamp but you're gifted enough to letter. And both pics turned out great.

enid said...

I'm so glad that you are using this technique! I have loved going in lots of directions with the stickers and use the resist on my art quilts as well. I love your samples1
Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum

Pat said...

Thank you Enid! This is so addictive, trying different things. I see a lot of articles with things I want to try, but with this one, I wanted to try it Right Then. So much fun!
Pat

Bonnie said...

Very cool technique! Can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this.

Bonnie