I met with my local surface design group yesterday and we learned the fabric paper lamination technique. We followed the directions from Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination: A Mixed Media Approach with Cloth by Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan. We just did the most basic technique of laminating paper to a sheer fabric. In the book, the authors use the resulting pieces of fabric and layer them together with stitch and other mixed media approaches. I thought that I might take the small samples I made and see if they would work with nuno felting since it is all done on a sheer fabric. But I haven’t tried that yet. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Then you cover the paper with a layer of sheer fabric. This is polyester organza.
I don’t have any photos of the process, but I then covered the organza with a silk screen that I already had. You could also use a stencil instead of a silk screen. Then you squeegee gel medium through the screen or stencil. The gel medium then sticks the paper and the organza together. Let that dry completely.
This is another one of Bunny’s. After the gel medium has dried, you iron the piece (not the gold leaf ones) for “10 minutes”. I only ironed mine for about 1-2 minutes as I couldn’t manage a full 10 minutes of ironing. Somehow that seemed excessive 🙂
And here’s the bear photo. They have already been soaked in water so they are impervious to any damage from more water. They are on organza so I can’t see why they wouldn’t nuno felt. What do you think? This could be a cool way to add photos and stencils to felt so that’s the next step, add wool and see how that works.