Saturday, October 06, 2007

As soon as I read the article by Jean Littlejohn in the current issue of 'Stitch' I knew I wanted to give it a go. So I set to and painted my bondaweb with acrylic paints.
First colour: Quin. Burnt Orange.....
..... followed by Phthalo Blue.....
..... then Quin. Nickel Azo Gold.....
..... and finally, Iridescent Copper mixed with a little Red Oxide.
This is what it looked like once it was dry. The copper certainly stands out a lot more.
I then found a piece of synthetic velvet coloured a deep blue and red using transfer paints. This I realised later was a mistake. This piece was originally white, the transfer paints just sit on the top therefore the back stays white. I should have chosen a piece that was a deep colour all the way through.
The bondweb was ironed onto the synthetic velvet.
And a sheet of gold coloured Transfoil was ironed on top.
(And in case you didn't already know, you can buy your foil from here at a really good price!)
Deep mauve organza was then ironed on top.
This is what the piece looks like after the intial embellishing had been worked.
Further embellishing makes it look like this.
And this is where I had to stop. As I said earlier I used the wrong ground fabric therefore I couldn't embellish from the back as Jean has done and even from the front the white was beginning to show through. I think next time too I might try and accentuate those ridges and puckers that you can see in the two photos above.
So at the end I decided to set the heat gun on it.
And this is the final result.
Not really what I was after but it still has possibilities.


16 comments:

Carol said...

OOH LUVERLY, are you going to stitch into it.
I like the effect so far, I am gonna have to get me an embellisher, every time I see JL's work I want one again

crafty pam said...

The gaget found seems from memory for making bias binding but I may be wrong. Think you feed fabric thru and it turns in two edges. Love the Jean L stuff - have done a few workshops with her and Jan B
thoroughly recommended. Think they have two new books due soon. Jeans I think is more on the embellisher.

StegArt said...

Mmmm lots of yummy colors and sheen.

Quilt Pixie said...

painting the bonding web and then using a sheer on top of it adds real depth... interesting technique.

Vicki W said...

It may not be what you wanted but it sure is really cool!

Carol said...

Oh lovely Lynda, i love the colours, and i was drawn to this article too. Love to see if you stitch into it.

Homeleightigger said...

Fabuful and beautimuss!! Val

Joanna van said...

This looks great. I can't wait to see what you come up with. It's funny how the "flower foot" is making a come back eh? Kind of like retro clothing. I've been seeing a lot of 70's types of prints kind of "mod" looking making a come back as well.

Sandy said...

The velvet might have a white back, but the piece is lovely. Sandy

Micki said...

Wonderful piece, Lynda. Thanks for sharing with us.

Debbi Baker said...

Fabulous experiment Lynda - I really like the way you share the steps along the way, wish I could be that organized! I love the final result but I am very drawn to the effect you achieved by photo 7 - I think it would be interesting to try the embellisher at that point (would it need organza to go through the embellisher?) and then add the foil at the end using bonding powder to get a sprinkly (new word) foil look. Think I might have to go paint some bondaweb!

verobirdie said...

I have not yet read Stitch to the end, but now I know I must read this article, and give it a try too!
Thank you for attracting my attention:-)

Papoosue said...

That looks lovely Lynda. I'm always amazed at the layering process and the finished result on these sort of pieces - amazing!

And yes, I am shameful (who knows how long my Christmas organisational abilities will last though). xx

Dianne said...

Some lovely colours happening here Lynda!!

Jacquelines blog said...

Maybe it wasn't exactly what you had in mind, it is still a gorgeous piece!

Susan D said...

Yet again you wow us all with your talent.