Tim Holtz: Don't be silly, you can incorporate fabric into your art.
Me: Well, yeah, but I really love paper and Distress Inks and Paints and Distress Spray Stain and Ideology, and did I mention I don't really sew?
Tim Holtz: I think you're overreacting. Eclectic Elements graphics will be very familiar to you and you'll love the textural dimension they bring.
Me: My sewing machine hates me.
Tim Holtz: Just grunge it!! Even an unkind sewing machine can't stop you from using my Eclectic Elements fabric which has a grungy, distressed vibe.
Me: Well, they are kind of awesome. And I really do love texture.
Tim Holtz: Go for it! Encourage your hopes not your fears!
Me: Okay. I'm doing it.
(The preceding is an imaginary conversation with Tim Holtz, Creative Wizard.)
I have always said "If you think you think you see sewing in my work, look closer. It's probably ink." So this one is not a natural for me, but wow! I love this stuff. I think you're going to love it, too.
My sweet friend Yvonne Blair has designed a new art journal and she sent me one to try out. I wanted to use the Frayed Fabric technique to make a cover for my art journal.
I was working with 8x8 swatches of fabric, so I sewed 2 together to make a piece large enough to cover the journal. I misted it with water, wadded it up to wrinkle it and let it dry.
Check out Compendium of Curiosities page 66 for the Frayed Fabric technique. I added embellishments, covered the journal.
I attached the word band and pen nib by sewing onto the cover with black waxed linen. I ended up having SO much fun with this project. Just like I was saying to a friend of mine....
Me: Okay, you were right. Eclectic Elements are completely cool and I even enjoyed hauling out my sewing machine!
Tim Holtz: I told you! They're great for mixed media.
Me: They are. I'm loving using some of the scraps on my art journal pages. I'm loving this fabric more than ANYTHING!!
Tim Holtz: More than Distress Ink?
Sew, are you ready? Check out Studio L3 to see the Curiosity Crew projects for the 19th CC3C. Follow a few simple guidelines and share your art with us! Our sponsor for the challenge is Inspiration Emporium with a generous gift certificate for our randomly chosen winner. The Curiosity Crew choice will win a stinkin' awesome prize package from Tim and Mario, shown here:
Now that the holidays are over I'm ready to get creative aren't you? I feel like I say this every challenge, but every challenge it's true:
I can't wait to see what you're going to do with this one!!