How to Make Fabric Paper
Why Make Fabric Paper?
Fabric paper is easy to make using supplies you may already have on hand. The project possibilities of this art medium are endless. Almost anything imaginable can be created with fabric paper: purses, art quilts, ATCs/ACEOs, postcards, bookmarks, inchies, paper quilts, wall hangings, folders, journal covers . . . .
This lens was created mainly to share my tutorial for making my style of fabric paper. For inspiration, I've added some projects and book recommendations. Enjoy!
(Image: "Irises," Fabric Paper Art Quilt, 5" x 5")
Make This Fabric Paper Handbag!
Use Your Favorite Handbag Pattern . . .
And instead of fabric, use fabric paper!
Yes, You Can Write on Fabric Paper
Here's a sample of a quick and easy Journal Page.
Fabric Paper Quilt
Irish Rose--Fabric Paper Quilt, 18" x 18"
"Irish Rose" was created using my original paper pieced pattern and various fabric papers. This is a quick and easy project. Enjoy.
Make Handbags, Totes, Clutches, etc. - Books to Inspire You
Some books to inspire your creativity with fabric paper. Make a bag or tote . . . use your imagination.
You Are Special!
You are special!--That's the message of this stenciled fabric paper gift bag.
Combine Fabric Paper With Fabric - Fabric Collage Elements
Combine your fabric paper with purchased fabric. The yellow petal is fabric paper, and the face of the pansy is made with purchased printed fabric which was painted with acrylics. Thread sketching with black embroidery thread was added for emphasis.
FABRIC PAPER ART
Purse, (8.5" x 7" x 2")
HOW TO MAKE FABRIC PAPER
Plastic trash bag
Jar for glue mixture
1.5" chip board brush
White tissue paper
Dried flower petals
White glue: A 4 oz. bottle of white glue makes approximately 1.25 yards of fabric paper
Muslin: bleached or unbleached. I use unbleached, least expensive.
Paints: I prefer acrylics, watercolors, or Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels
PREPARE GLUE MIXTURE
MY GLUE MIXTURE RECIPE
My glue mixture recipe: One part glue to approximately one-and-one-fourth parts water.
Empty one 4 oz. bottle of white glue mixture into your jar. Leave the bottle of glue upside down in your jar for about five minutes to allow most of the glue to flow into your jar. Fill your empty glue bottle with water, replace its lid, and shake vigorously to loosen the remainder of the glue. Remove lid and pour into your jar. Fill approximately 1/4 of your empty glue bottle with water. Replace lid, shake bottle, and pour into jar. Mix with brush. Your glue mixture is made!
Left over glue mixture can be stored for future use.
FIVE EASY STEPS TO MAKING FABRIC PAPER
PREPARE WORK SURFACE
Place a piece of plastic onto your table or work area to protect its surface. I use a white kitchen trash bag.
APPLY GLUE MIXTURE TO MUSLIN
Place your piece of muslin onto the plastic. Apply a generous layer of glue mixture to the surface of your muslin with your brush.
My piece of muslin measures 12" x 20." There's no specific reason for using this size. It's approximately half the size of my white tissue paper, and it was a convenient size to use for my work area.
ADD DRIED FLOWER PETALS
Randomly sprinkle torn pieces of dried petals over the muslin's surface. I used three dried rose flower petals in this tutorial.
My basic fabric papers have dried flower petals or leaves in it to provide texture and interest. I find that it also creates interesting values when combined with paints.
Tip: At this point, you can add other elements such as cut pieces of threads, paper, angelina fiber, silk fiber, etc. The possibilities are endless.
ADD ONE SHEET OF TISSUE PAPER
Place one sheet of white tissue paper over the surface. Gently tap the tissue paper into place with your fingertips starting from the center moving outwards towards the edges. This helps to reduce the formation of air bubbles.
APPLY GLUE MIXTURE OVER TISSUE PAPER
Gently apply a generous layer of glue mixture over the tissue paper. At this point, the tissue paper is very fragile.
Tip: If you keep your brush moist with the glue mixture, you can avoid tearing the tissue paper. However, if you accidentally tear it, there's no need for concern. Tear a piece of tissue from your stash, place it over the damaged area, and secure it by gently applying a thin layer of glue with your brush.
Hurray! Your fabric paper is done! Congratulations!
1. You can let the fabric paper dry overnight and add color later.
2. You can use a heat gun to dry it.
3. You can immediately add paints, which is what I do.
Acrylic paints, including spray paints, can be added to wet or dry fabric paper.
ADDING COLOR TO YOUR FABRIC PAPER
MIX YOUR OWN SPRAY PAINTS
Color can be applied using various media. Paints are the most common way of adding color to fabric paper. However, crayons, water soluble wax pastels and numerous other media can be used successfully. If applying crayons or wax pastels, fabric paper should be completely dry.
SPRAY PAINTS--My Favorite Method
Although paints can be applied with a brush, my favorite method of applying color to fabric paper is through the use of spray paints.
Many excellent brands of spray paints are available for purchase. However, if you like to play and create unique color mixtures, and maybe even save some pennies, you may want to mix your own spray paints.
You can mix your own paints using your favorite brands and colors and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray bottles can be found in most craft or hobby stores. You could also recycle empty spray bottles from body splashes, etc.
MY SPRAY PAINT RECIPE
My spray paint recipe: one part paint to approximately two to two-and-a-half parts water, depending on the brand of paints you use and your choice of color intensity. You may want to experiment with your paints to find a recipe that suits you.
Create Your Own Fabric Paper Art
You've made your fabric paper. Now what?
Create Your Own Fabric Paper Art
For inspiration, I've shared some of my fabric paper projects in this lens and included links to other artists.
* Recycle old file folders by gluing on a sheet of your homemade fabric paper.
* Recover a composition book and turn it into a journal.
* Use a sheet of paper cut to size as an art journaling surface.
* Make an ATC/ACEO.
* Make a fabric paper postcard.
* Make a gift bag.
* Make a wallet.
* Make a handbag.
* Make a frame.
Fabric paper is a great after school or holiday project. This would also make a great activity for children's birthday parties. They can create their own party hats with matching favor bags.
The possibilities are endless. You are limited only by your imagination. Enjoy creating your fabric paper art! Thanks for visiting.
FABRIC PAPER HAS LIMITATIONS
Although fabric paper is sturdy enough to sew through, it has limitations. Yes, I'm sorry. ;-D
* If you unpick your sewing, the holes will remain.
* Fabric paper is great for appliques. I would recommend you use buttonhole stitching, straight stitching or simple stitching around the edges. Too many holes in the fabric paper will weaken its structure.
* To avoid disappointment, be sure to cut your applique pieces from the glued fabric paper and not just the tissue paper. Glued tissue paper by itself (without the fabric) will break when sewn.
* Fabric paper projects should never be laundered. I do not recommend the use of fabric paper for anything that needs laundering.
* Use a sealant to protect your fabric paper project's surface. Using a sealant will only make your project water resistant NOT waterproof.
That's it. Keep these things in mind, make your fabric paper and have FUN!
FABRIC PAPER COASTER
I made this cute coaster and lined the back with felt before stitching the sides.
"Pansy," Coaster, 4.25" x 4.25"
Books from Amazon.com - Mixed Media Art
Use your fabric paper with mixed media techniques. Hope you find inspiration in these books. Enjoy.
FABRIC PAPER PROJECTS - For Inspiration
Here are links to some of my fabric paper projects posted to my blog. Images and descriptions are provided.
- Journal Cover
A journal cover made with fabric paper and embellished with stenciling, stamping, collage and paper applique.
- Fabric Paper Purse
A purse made with fabric paper.
- Friendship Garden
A collaged applique paper quilt.
An applique paper quilt made to look like stained glass.
- Fabric Papers 1
A sampling of six fabric papers.
- Fabric Papers 2
A sampling of six more fabric papers.
- Blog Posts: Fabric Paper
A link to all of my projects labeled "Fabric Paper," which were posted to my blog, "Imagine, Create, Inspire.
FABRIC PAPER ART QUILT
"Dancing Pansies," 10" x 18.5"
Fabric Paper Book on Amazon
This book include fabric paper projects and more.
OTHER ARTISTS - Online Classes and Inspiration
The following links, included here with their permission, will take you to artists who use fabric paper in their artworks.
- Debbi Baker's Fabric Paper Blog Posts
See all of Debbi's blog posts regarding fabric paper, including fabric paper projects.
- Lessons From Fabric Paper Quilts
Debbi Baker, an artist and blogger from Australia shares her insights and discoveries in the making of her first fabric paper quilt.
- Terri Stegmiller
Link to Terri's blog. Terri is an artist, author and instructor. This link provides information about her class offerings.
If you create art using fabric paper, leave your URL link so visitors can see your work.
I'd like to build a community of artists who want to learn and share.
Thanks for your visit!