Here we go... week 7 of the Book of Dreams! This week we are working with some of my favorite elements..FABRIC and FIBERS!!!
I like combining fabric and paper. You can stitch an image on with your sewing machine, by hand, or just glue it on with fabric glue (I use Sobo). Here I glued on some fibers as well. The bottom left swirl I let the glue dry and then stitched it on. The top left I just glued. I also stitched around the paper moon. The image is done on fabric. On this post I talked about how to print onto muslin fabric. You can also buy t-shirt iron on transfer sheets. You can print an image onto a transfer sheet and then iron it onto muslin. You could do the same technique with words, or even just doodle onto the t-shirt transfer sheet and iron it onto your fabric. There are so many options!
You can also do all kinds of stitching with fabric and fibers. For this layout I first ripped a long, think piece of fabric. I was so happy to use this extra fabric that I originally used to make my daughters curtains. I folded both sides of the layout towards the book spine. I then tore the edge of each and glued them down. I punched holes and "laced" through with fabric.
You can also do a little freestylin' and play around with fabric and make your own designs. I started here with a piece of ironed muslin fabric. I dribbled a couple colors of acrylic paint over it and started spreading the paint around with a credit card (or paint scraper). You can then add stamps, doodling, letters, whatever! Create your own custom made fabric.
I have been inspired by Lesley Riley ever since getting involved in altered art. She is such an amazing fabric/mixed media artist. I love how she uses fabric so creatively in her art work. Check out her fragments project. As always, have fun and I look forward to seeing your bursting Book of Dreams:)