Thursday, 5 April 2012

Paper fabirc

One of the things I have been playing with during my sort of self inflicted quilting hiatus is making paper fabric. I learned of it first at MarveLes Art Studios blog and as I couldn’t find any step by step tutorials anywhere, I decided just to try. The main ingredients are fabric, PVA glue (trelim to us Norwegians) and tissue paper.

I dug out some of the inherited 80ies fabrics, the tissue paper I had laying around and the glue I used for the trees last Christmas. I am happy to say it worked like a charm. However, I did discover I actually had bought a Cloth Paper Scissors workshop during one of my hoarding sprees which covers – amongst other things – paper fabric. I’ll try it the “proper” way sometime, but I am quite happy with my own version.

I was no fan of Sunbonnet Sue (or Holly Hobby for that matter) back in the 80ies, so I was happy to cover her up. I used this fabric on the wrong side as the print is a bit on the dark side.

The next fabric had some pretty-ish flowers and stuff, and was covered with paper from a shoe box.

The last piece of fabric was covered with black tissue paper. I love all those crackles and the lovely shine. I probably won’t cover this one with lots of paint but use it in bits and pieces.

Now, what do you use paper fabric for? Well, not knowing better, I painted them with acrylic paints to cover up Sue and all her stuff.

The first finished piece is painted with water colours; a new version of the “trashed, ruined and decay” theme of the Sketchbook challenge. See?

You would never guess what’s on the back, would you?

I love it! It is too bumpy to glue into the sketchbook though; at least if I want to be able to close it.

The paint is quite sheer and you can see the brush strokes of the acrylic paint underneath.

The next step will be to paint another sheet and stitch it by machine. I cannot wait to see what happens!

Have a lovely Thursday! Easter has already started here; both Thursday, Friday and Monday are official holidays.


  1. This looks great fun!
    Thanks Nina Lise!
    Happy Easter

  2. This looks like fun. I purchased the CPS workshop some months ago. I will have a replay. I remember they used paper napkins and muslin to make the fabric paper.
    Happy Easter weekend! How nice to have 5 Holidays!

  3. I have tried it but am not quite sure I like the hand to it, it does stitch easily. I think the heavily stitch work like Marveles does is so beautiful, maybe that's what it really takes to make it look beautiful. xox Corrine

  4. What a fun, new material... can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Happy Easter!

  5. I have made a dress as in a real persons dress and handbags out of can get pretty creative and it always fun to use up the fabric you dont really care for....