In this sample the stitching was covered with scrim and PVA glue.
I decided to seal the surface with Acrylic Wax and something amazing happened. (Well, I thought it was amazing, some of you will be thinking ‘omigod, what on earth is she doing now!’) The Iron Gall Ink had some sort of reaction with the Acrylic Wax which made it lift off the surface and go gooey. Once dry, it settled back down again and left this effect.
I wrapped paper straws with scrim and painted them with the two different inks and the wax and also did the same with some cotton thread.
Put them all together and here it is: “once in a house on fire”.