I created this mixed media canvas using acrylic paints and various elements treated with transparent Powertex. Powertex is great for stiffening, gluing down and protecting porous substrates such as fabric, card or wood.
The lace elements were my first attempts at making Teneriffe Lace (yes the lace name has 2 f’s – as in the original spelling of the island) using the newly released looms and instructions from Gina-B Silkworks. I struggled a bit with getting my knotting secure at first (until I read the instructions properly – tee hee), plus my weaving and tensioning was pretty uneven too. My technique soon improved but I wasn’t sure what to do with these first experiments. They nearly went into the bin! However, I then thought of Powertex treatment. The lace would be stiffened and sealed so no worry about any of the knotting coming lose.
The variegated blue threads that I used inspired me to create something with an Oriental theme. Incorporating my ‘imperfect’ lace elements into a canvas was perfect.
I was really pleased with the results and my lace pieces ended up being showcased very nicely.
Gesso (white), acrylic paint (blue) and Starlight Paint (gold metallic)
Alcohol marker and PVA pearls (blue) – to colour edges and add centres to flowers
Bamboo barbeque sticks
Thread wrapped button embellishment, bead and tassel
Dies to cut branches and blossoms (mixed brand and Spellbinders)
Rubber stamp (for background texture)
Plastic sheeting to protect table and to dry Powertex treated elements
3D glue gel
How it was done:
The butterfly was created on the outer ring of Loom 3. This was a result of a bit of play and trying out the technique. I didn’t use a specific pattern but added darned areas to get a stylised butterfly shape.
The large circular motif was worked on the outer ring of Loom 1 following the design for the Teacup Pincushion Pattern included in the Total Trimmings Book.
The 2 small circular designs were again worked on Loom 1 (small inner ring) using the Lace Button Designs included in the book.
I treated the lace with the transparent Powertex and laid out to dry overnight on plastic sheeting (Powertex doesn’t stick to plastic). I snipped out the butterfly from my circular lace design. I also cut up some of my rough trial pieces to use as extra texture in the background.
The canvas background was painted with white gesso to prime. Rubber stamps were used with acrylic paints to add a little background texture. I also sponged acrylic paint through a mandala stencil to complement the lace elements. Starlight paint (which contains crushed gilding flake) was used to blend in from around the edges.
The branches and blossoms were die cut from card, shaped with an embossing tool, then painted with transparent Powertex. Likewise the fan was created using card and bamboo barbeque sticks. Again I treated this with Powertex.
Flat elements were glued to the canvas with Transparent Powertex. More dimensional elements were stuck down with 3D glue gel.
Good afternoon. Gina Barrett (Gina B Silkworks) is back on our screens this weekend with more gorgeous wrapped buttons with added embroidery patterns, and some lovely mini button frames which can be used to display and mount them. Here is a sneak peek at some of my samples. I have used some of the frames to create pendants too. Her show is this Saturday (9th December) at 2pm on Create & Craft TV (Freeview Channel 23 or watch via their website – they keep catch up videos too if you miss the show).
Gina Barrett is launching her new book on Create and Craft TV tomorrow (11am Channel 23 or watch live online from their website).
The new Textile Trimmings book is fabulous. It includes a variety of decorative knotting technique including ball buttons, frogging, filet and needle lace plus macramé.
I am a macramé novice. My favourite is the swan macramé hanger – I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it but following Gina’s fabulous instruction I am delighted with the results.
I used a multicoloured satin cord and some of my handmade paper beads to make these bright and cheery bracelets. The sliding knot enables the bracelets to be taken on and off easily.
I had a bit more play with the colourful cord and more paper beads working from one of Gina’s new mini textile hangers. I had a try at the loopy braid (instructions in the book for creating the loops).
I simply love Powertex for creating mixed media. It enables you to sculpt fabric and to create 3D embellishments – the possibilities are endless.
I simply adore the sea but unfortunately I couldn’t live further away from the seaside. I had so much fun creating this one and disappeared into a fantasy world of sea, sand, fossils and shells. So much scope for texture.
I recycled an old cotton scarf and a bit of old potato sack, created extra texture using sand and balls, and even created the fossils using moulds with Powertex clay.
Good afternoon. Here is a quick peek at my samples for the Teneriffe Lace show on Create & Craft today at 5pm. Freeview Channel 23 (UK) or watch online from the website (they keep videos online for a week if you miss it).
Clover Motif worked on Loom 1 – from Total Trimmings book 1 (Teneriffe Lace)
Christmas Motif – worked on Loom 1
Mixed media canvas – Large and small circular lace motifs from Total Trimmings book – Loom 1. The butterfly was one of my experiments on Loom 3.