Felt and Textured Paper Collages

I usually don’t show a lot of my class homework here for my Level 3 Art and Design class that I am taking. But we did some really interesting textural collages in our last class that I thought might be appreciated.

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I am still in the process of completing a bunch more collages but these are the ones I am satisfied with at the moment. I have also started a series of collages made from scraps of leftover printed felt. For my online classes (you can still sign up for those for the second quarter, click on online classes in the menu, then embellishing felt…), I have loads of scraps of felt that has been screen printed, stamped, stenciled etc. I wanted to put those to good use and also to practice my composition skills with collage. I also like to keep my free motion machine stitching skills in use so each collage will include some machine stitching and possibly hand stitching as well.

Here’s the first one. The background piece is one my friend Paula made with an old wool blanket and eco printing. I then added the two printed pieces. The one in the center is actually the back of the printing process. I liked it better than the front. I haven’t decided how I am going to use these yet. So of course it is an odd size and I’m not sure how I will frame or display them yet. Just decided to make them and then see.

Here’s one in the planning stage. I plan on stitching the piece of silk with an aspen leaf pattern as in my sketch on the left. Now that I am looking at the photo, I might change out the background piece of fabric as it needs a bit more contrast from the silk piece on the left. I will have to look to see what else I have, perhaps a mix of green and orange? I have loads of printed and dyed fabric and felt so I could keep these up for a while. You can take that as a warning or a threat 🙂

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11 Responses to Felt and Textured Paper Collages

  1. Karen Lane says:

    Thanks for sharing some of your course work Ruth, I am loving your use of texture. Very inspirational for those of us who are texture obsessed! Did I spot some Mulberry bark in one of your pieces?

  2. The slideshow is fab!

  3. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Terrific use of paper and fabric for textures! Loved the slideshow. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Looks like a great course Ruth. the textures are really interesting. I am looking forward to seeing the new pieces finished.

  6. zedster66 says:

    Great textures, Ruth 🙂 I don’t think I’ve done much non-felt texture since one of Kaz’s mixed media challenge’s years ago. I keep meaning to combine felt, collage and paint with maybe a colour theme to tie them together.

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