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First Quarter Challenge Part Three

First Quarter Challenge Part Three

I am still working on ideas from the paint poured felt and fabric that I created for the first quarter challenge. I had several good ideas from the comments on my previous posts and I was thinking along the lines of stitching and then making the painted cotton into something else. But I couldn’t find a good tutorial on sewing a pouch with a zipper. I am hopeless with zippers and just couldn’t seem to make out what the instructions meant. Then someone on the forum asked about inclusions in felt and Karen of Lincs in Stitches showed us her wet felted pendants with acrylic paper inclusions.

What if I used the painted cotton fabric as an inclusion in felt? I love how our little community always helps me out, even if they don’t know it!

I decided to make a sample to see how it would work. I used two different colors in the layers. I didn’t want the top black layer to be so stark and I have found it’s easier to see where to cut out the inclusions if you have a little migration of color through the areas where the inclusions are not. The bottom layer is a mix of natural wool colors that is fairly coarse.

I cut a few pieces of the painted cotton and place them on top of the bottom layer.

The top layer is short fiber black merino and I added a gray embellishment fiber out of my stash. It’s not silk but I have forgotten what it is. Bad me for not labeling things better.

Then I felted it. You can see where the inclusions are because it is more black in those areas where the bottom layer fiber hasn’t migrated through.

Here’s the first inclusion showing through after cutting. The cotton got fairly wrinkled up. It adds texture but I decided I might like to see how it would work if I used a piece of plastic as the resist and then cut it open as above. But then I would remove the plastic and insert the painted cotton. That way it wouldn’t get all wrinkled up during shrinkage and I would know the exact size to cut it to fit inside the pocket. But that’s for next time.

Here’s the piece after it’s completely dry. The poured paint is a very nice contrast to the black wool. I may stitch around the edges to make sure it stays in completely. It won’t fall out but you could definitely grab it and pull out the painted cotton pieces.

Here’s a couple of close up shots so you can see the texture of the painted cotton against the felt. This technique has definite possibilities. This could certainly be used for making felt and paint jewelry or for adding embellishments to almost any kind of felt. I have quite a lot of poured paint that I need to do something with so there will probably be more experiments coming up.

First Quarter Challenge – Mixed Media Surface Design

First Quarter Challenge – Mixed Media Surface Design

As many of you may know, I do a lot of mixed media on felt. I especially enjoy trying out ideas that are not usually considered appropriate for felt. Some work, some don’t, but I do like to see what happens. The mad scientist in me, I guess. My latest explorations are in paint pouring. You can find tons of YouTube videos about how to do this so I’m not going to go into the details here. Paint pouring is usually done on canvas or hard surfaces. But I wanted to see what would happen when I poured on felt or on cotton fabric. Would it work? Would I be able to machine stitch through the fabric or felt after the paint was dry? What else could I do with a piece of fabric or felt that had paint poured on it?

Our group got together last Friday to do a session of paint pouring. Everyone else was pouring on canvas, board, ceramic tile or some other flat surface. I had prepared a couple of canvas ahead of time by covering with felt or cotton fabric and stapling the backside while stretching the fabric tight.

Here’s the backs of the canvas and then the front sides. The dark purple one is the felt.

Normally you follow a procedure as above that Sally poured on a black ceramic tile. It’s really a lot of fun doing this because the results are pretty random with this type of pour and it is exciting to watch and see the changes that occur in the paint.

Here’s the tile after it’s completely covered. It wasn’t dry yet so it probably still changed from this photo but you get the idea.

I started with the cotton fabric covered canvas. I poured some white paint on the corners to cover completely. Corners are the last to get covered usually and I didn’t want any issues because the paint didn’t travel as well as on canvas.

Then I did a “dirty pour” as seen in Sally’s tile photos above. And it worked! I haven’t seen the dried piece yet as it is still at Paula’s house. These take a while to dry.

Next up felt! I should have done the same type of pour that I did on the cotton but I decided to try pouring the different colors separately which you can see on the left. The minute the paint hit the felt, it barely spread at all. Very little mixing of paint. So I decide to try adding more black and white paint at the edges and spreading them lightly over the surface. That is the photo on the right. Ugh. Pretty ugly and disappointing. Again, I haven’t seen it dried yet and we’ll see if it can be salvaged in some way. The next step is to take it off the canvas once it’s dry and see if it can be stitched. Hopefully, I won’t kill my sewing machine.

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Here are some other people’s results on various substrates. We had a great time and I will carry on with my experiment once it is dry. I’ll show you the results even if they are the ugliest thing ever!

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