Fabric Art And Craft Challenge

Fabric Art And Craft Challenge


fabric can be a lovely addition to your
project but it’s not always easy to work with is it well if you’re looking for
some ideas for ways to use fabric in your next project myself and Gerry Van
der Velden on from Gerry’s craft room have some inspiration for you and if you new
here then welcome to my channel I’m Kim Dellow and I share tips and tricks and
tutorials to cover your mixed media art needs so do subscribe and join me for
your weekly art videos to help you get creating more and also don’t forget to
watch Gerry’s video too and subscribe to her as well for lots of wonderful art
and crafts videos and I’ll leave a link to her channel in the description now
when Gerry asked me to collaborate with her for a video and while we put our
heads together and we thought that maybe would challenge each other to use fabric
in our projects and you know she came at a really good time for me because I was
making a fabric based cover with my Digi Delightful some Video Fanatics
over on Patreon for part of a DIY book making series that I was doing this
month and when I needed to decorate it so I decided to combine these two
projects so here’s the process with lots of tips and tricks along the way to help
you to decorate your own fabric project do you’ll find products that I’m using
in a description as always but the fabric that I’m using is actually a
repurposed denim that I’ve just cut up from an old pair of jeans and I really
love including denim in my mixed-media projects from time to time and if you’ve
been here a while then you’ve probably seen a few of these projects on my
channel or on my blog they do crop up and I do all sorts of things with them
from like cards and to wall hangings to this kind of thing that we’re gonna do
today because it’s just such a lovely surface to work on I mean it’s not that
far off using canvas is it really I mean it’s got the same sort of feel to it
same sort of weave but then you’ve also got that wonderful color too and denim
comes in all sorts of great colors and I particularly like working on the darker
denims so yeah I am a bit of an old denim fanatic when it comes to my
mixed-media projects so for this cover I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do
with it how I was going to decorate it so I started with some random paint
color and bits of notebook collage that I’m putting on with matte medium and
that was really just to get me launched into it because if you’ve been watching
my videos for a while then you’ll know that whenever I’m in doubt I just add
some color or some textural both and it’s the best way of launching yourself
into a project and just getting going and breaking that sort of like clean
canvas feel now I know that I don’t want to completely cover my denim because I
do want some of that color to peek through at the end because it makes just
such a lovely contrast with the bright paint colors that I’m using so I just
keep on adding different color layers I didn’t paint with my palette knife now I
I don’t really want to blend the colors at this point right I don’t blend the
colours at all for this and if you get in that situation where you kind of want
to keep adding these color layers but you don’t want to blend your colors
there’s a few things you can do obviously you can let each layer just
dry before you add a new layer but you can also sort of put the paint on thinly
and then work over the top of the thinner areas first so that you can let
thicker areas dry and just sort of work a little bit more carefully you’ll also
find me sort of dotting around filling in some spaces where there are no paint
areas so that helps as well and a surface like this denim that I’ve not
treated with a ground like gesso for example where it’s going to absorb the
paint a little and that also helps decrease that color mixing on the
thinner layers as well because the fibers are kind of grabbing onto the
paint whereas if I put a ground on there it might have been a bit more movable
depending on what kind of ground you use because you can do a combination of
things as well so in some layers I just let the layer underneath dry first and
then worked and then in other ones I got a little bit too impatient and just very
carefully added my next paint to it so that I wouldn’t get mixing your colors
sometimes you want to mix on the canvas and sometimes you don’t and this was one
of those times that I didn’t want to then I got to a point after sort of
putting on all this color though I started to branch out a little bit and
rather than just add in color in those random splotches of coverage I started
to focus the marks a little bit more and this is a great way to start adding
texture and interest to your project and I even started adding the paint a little
thicker and scribbling physical texture directly into it with my palette knife
and you can easily do this with a partner or some other tool that you
might have or even the end of a pencil so I keep on building and swapping
between splotches of color and yeah that is a mixed-media technical term, right?!
and then more focused mark making too but with big sweeping patterns of marks
rather than little marks and I’ve been doing a lot of little mark making and
yeah it’s branching out doing something a little bit more sweeping is great fun
to do but that’s just really how this project felt like going really and if
you wanted to you could easily use a little mark making and if you need some
more inspiration for how to do that I have got lots of mark making and doodle
ideas on my channel so I’ll link up some videos for you in the description and
the cards so you can bookmark those – what’s later once you’ve watched this
video and Gerry’s video of course. So up until now I haven’t been planning and
all of the layers have been pretty organic but I knew that I wanted my next
layer to be red and I wanted the red to be really bright and you know really
strong and the only red that I currently owned in this set of paints it happens
to be a semi-transparent and I wanted that red to really pop so I used the old
trick of adding white first block out the background and then add in a red
over the top and do this when that white is dry to get a really effective color
pop and I could probably dug out some more opaque red from my stash but to be
honest it didn’t occur to me to hunt one down until just now
when I was doing this voiceover yeah I know right
but does give any opportunity to share this tip for how to extend your
translucence and your semi translucent paints and use them as opaques if you
need to just in case you missed that tip and you haven’t come across it before so
bit more color sploging, remember it is a technical term and I think it’s time to
work on the inside of the cover now so I actually wanted to give the outside
cover some breathing space because I had expected it to go in a different
direction so that there was a bit more mark-making intense but when I added
that red things changed up for me and I felt it was actually almost there so
this is a good place for another tip and that is that if you feel that you might
be near to the end of a piece but you’re not a hundred percent committed to it
you’re not sure maybe it’s taking you by surprise like this one has then give it
a bit of a rest go and work on something else and then come back to it don’t give
it too much of a rest but yeah go and do something else for a few minutes and
then come back and see how you feel about it then also you don’t have to
always sometimes you are 100% sure and you could just sort of keep on going and
yeah do just keep on going but for me I think it definitely helped to give the
outside cover a rest whilst I covered the inside with some light
blue not actually mixed up a way more like blues and I actually needed so it
just it all worked out so I put it on the inside now the inside is mostly
cardboard with a little bit of the denim sort of poking out over the edges so I
covered the whole area all of it so fabric as well and this is another
useful trick to help you to seal in your frayed edges on a project so if you like
to text you frayed fabric and you and you want to on your project but you
don’t want to risk it continuing to fray then acrylic paint is just such a great
glue and it’s gonna stop anything from fraying further so just cover the area
and this works really well for me on my inside cover so I can cover all that
frayed edges and even stuff that I might have missed on the outside well that’s
not going to fray either because the inside is now covered
in paint but let’s say you have a frayed area that you don’t want to add color to
then reach for a gel medium that dries transparent and that’s gonna seal in
your frayed edges too. Once the inside cover was dried then I went ahead and
started adding doodles to it with a paint pen and the blue painted area it
just needed something extra but I didn’t want to sort of layer it up and layer it
up and layer up to add details so I thought this would be a perfect
opportunity to just do some fun little doodles here and just add a little bit
of patterning in a bit of shape so that blue area didn’t look quite as blank and
as it did at the start so back to the fabric part and yeah that working on
something else for a bit really definitely helped me to come to a
decision about this and using the black paint pen here as well just seemed like
a a natural progression and thing to do so initially I was thinking that the
red shapes would just be another layer in the mix and that I would continue to
work over the top of them and add more marks and get a little bit more detailed
with smaller marks so when I added them and those blue splotches and then
started to feel that actually this was pretty much done yeah it was a bit of a
surprise for me but making the red shapes the final feature and using that
black pen to bring them out a little bit more it really worked for me and I
like that this piece is all layers of color
really so remember sometimes your pieces can be really simple and the visual
interest can come more from the way you layer your colors than the way you add
in fine details and that can be a fun and freeing way to work so some paint
splatters added a little bit more interest here and I used a few different
pens to give me those splatters and I love how this bright paint works over
that denim and and how denim itself gives the piece a physical and visual
texture too and it really adds to the whole thing with the frayed edge the
lovely color of the denim and how it contrasts with the paint
I mean this is the kind of book that you’re gonna want to get messy in isn’t
it and that’s the best kind so here’s Gerry’s video to watch next
and I can’t wait to see what she’s done with her fabric and how she’s used it in
her project so go watch that and then don’t forget to watch my other videos
here for some more mixed-media inspiration and just have lots of fun
creating

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