"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Printing with Bubble Wrap

I joined a swap on Fiber Art Traders called "Trash to Treasure". We were matched with a partner and sent each other some things from our stash that we no longer wanted. The challenge was to use some of the things and make something for your partner. Here is a photo of what I received.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with the fabric - I knew all those metallic gold lines were going to complicate things. That is, until I flipped the fabric over. The back was an interesting mottled wash - albeit a bit too pink - but it definitely had potential! I knew I would use the back.

I could see a touch of purple and green in the fabric, so I decided to try printing on it with bubble wrap. I'd done this once in a class, but had quite forgotten about the technique. I dug out my acrylics, and printed away! It needed more, so I used a permanent ink stamp and a text image and stamped the writing onto the fabric. Ohhh...so much better!

I decided to make a Padfolio as my gift for my partner. Sue Bleiweiss has created a wonderful pattern that she generously shares on her blog. Thank you, Sue!!! The Padfolio was great fun to make and I think it came out terrific, if I do say so myself! I hope my swap partner will agree.


Sue B said...

Absolutely brilliant the way you transformed that fabric and that padfolio is fab!

Michelle said...

Thank you, Sue! And thanks again for sharing the pattern.

Anonymous said...

very cute......did you use the pelltex "inside" as the guts? -C

Michelle said...

Yes, that's what I used. I've found I like working with it more than batting, especially for smaller pieces. :o) BTW - If you click on the word "padfolio" it will take you to Sue's pattern.