Fabric collage is one of my “things.” I have painted and dyed fabric over time and now have a nice stash of unique colors and styles to use for my fabric collages. These collages are usually attached to everyday usable items, which is a bonus.
Fabric collage makes a unique product that gets many ohhs and ahhs from (mostly) my fellow artists. No everyone likes a whimsical bag on their arm.
I got inspired with the last canvas mini bag and made a video of the process. To see how the other bags turned out, please check my two previous posts.
Slow stitching and painting on a pouch.
For this last bag check out my YouTube video HERE.
I filmed and filmed and just as I was done, the camera batteries died. What perfect timing, huh?
You might ask how I dye fabric. There is always the conventional fabric dyes in the stores, but I like to make patterns and mix the colors.
I use mostly alcohol inks and diluted acrylic paints in spray bottles. I rinse out as much as I can, but the alcohol inks leave a pretty mighty color infusion. I use mostly cotton fabric because it absorbs the paints the best.
The acrylic paints usually embed themselves in the fabric, and when they dry, they are pretty stiff, but still flexible enough to use. I usually just spread the fabric on a drop cloth to dry. Try different paints, and make sure they are color fast after drying, otherwise they will wash out.
I have added the four fabric collage bags / pouches to my etsy shop, Earth and Faery.
There are many items in my shop at the moment since the holidays are coming. I have felt a creative high for some weeks and I’m grateful for the flow. Sometimes I have long periods of no great inspiration, but I keep showing up in my studio. That’s what you do!
If you want some art journaling inspiration, I have a bunch of easy videos on YouTube under my name. Keep creating. The process will make you grow.
I wish you a creative and fun weekend!