Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fabric Postcard

Yes, this is actually made out of fabric, although it doesn't really appear that way. Here is how I made it. This was made by taking a 4x6 inch piece of muslin fabric, Mod Podging (matte) it to a piece of plastic bag, then spreading MP on the front and gluing down various fabric pieces. Such as ribbon, pieces of fluffy yarn, pieces of jean pants seam, and fibers from fraying fabric. The one thing that is not fabric is the piece of veggie mesh, the mesh bags veggies come in. Then I Mod Podged over all of the front again, let that dry, then painted it with acrylic paints. I used purple, violet, light blue, and citrus green. I sealed it with Future Floor Finish, which gives it a nice glossy finish and makes the colors pop. Then I peeled the whole postcard away from the piece of plastic. No other base was used for this, other than the muslin fabric. So gluing it to the plastic bag seemed to make the difference, and increase the strength of the fabric, as opposed to brushing Modge Podge on the fabric alone.

I would love to say this is a recent piece of art, but I can't say that. No, this was a postcard I made for a technic swap last year, and is no longer in my possession. I feel kind of bad for posting "old art" as opposed to new creations, but my goal is to keep my blog updated and fresh, with new posts. Ideally new posts twice a week, at minimum once a week, and I'm rather upset with myself that it's been over two weeks now since I posted some art. So even though this isn't new art, it's art that all or most of you haven't seen before, so it's new to you.

I did actually get some new art done just yesterday, a piece I really like and am happy with, but I haven't had time to take a digital picture of it yet, and it's too dimensional to scan on my computer. And the batteries for my digital camera need to be recharged, so I can't take a picture of it now, today. And yet I feel compelled to post on my blog, since it's been a while, so I chose to post this art piece. Hope you don't mind it's not a new art piece, but chances are, it's something you haven't seen before.

Ahhh, I feel better already! Just getting a new post on my blog, and being honest about my situation. Hopefully I'll get a picture taken of my new art soon, and get that posted within a week.


17 comments:

Cyndi - Dreams Unltd said...

Love it Val, old or not! *LOL* Inspiring and I'm going to have to try it!

Cyndi - Dreams Unltd

Linda said...

Val...I think it's great. And there is nothing wrong with old art...consider it CLASSIC. Sometimes I hate that I've dated something or else I'd mail it to someone - but then I don't want to send them "old art". We should get over this!!!! I haven't posted any new art on my blog in weeks because I was out of town and now I've been sick. Maybe soon I'll create again. ha

Kim said...

Keep at it Val, your doing fine! I love texture too, and color and, well, everything! I haven't posted in several days, sometimes it just isn't possible. Just do as you can, that's all.

akatrix said...

Picasso stuff is old....DaVinci stuff is old.....old is good! Thanks for sharing your wonderful technique....you always inspire me to try something new....even if it IS old!
Pat

quirkyartist said...

This is an amazing piece of work. The texture is just fabulous. Re setting goals for your blog. You sound as if you've also been on the Blogging course I'm doing at lvsonline. That's why I have a new blog on wordpress.

Mam said...

val, don't even bother to tell us if it's old. We would never have known! When you say that you peeled it off the plastic - was that the muslin base peeled from the plastic bag material?
I'm all about texture too. I have to have "tactile". when I receive cards in the mail in trade, the first thing I do is take them out of the plastic sleeve so I can touch them! I'll bet you do that too.
Nancy

Lori Roberts said...

Love it!!

morningDove said...

I love this card too. Very fascinating piece. If you ever need to look to an ole' post could you tell me about slideshow 21-23 sepias. They are wonderful.

mary schweitzer said...

Once again I bow to the Queen of Texture!!
Mary

Amybella said...

Wow - I LOVE that you don't have to sew or even iron tihs...you just used MP and Future?!! Thanks for the directions, can't wait to try it.

Christy said...

Val I have seen that piece running in your side bar and am actually glad you decided to post about it. Now I have a better idea of what you did to get that amazing texture. Post away about other old art that you haven't told us about your technique on yet LOL

Rosie said...

Oh my! Something new to me to try out! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing fabric creation... I love textiles at the moment and this is just beautiful!

Rosie said...

Val, I'm part of the Inspirational Craft Blogs Team and I'd love to feature this postcard of yours... should've asked you when I was here earlier!
Please say yes! Go here to see what I'm on about would you? http://inspirationalcraftblogs.blogspot.com

Rosie

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Rosie said...

Val - me again!! Just to let you know you've been featured on Inspirational!

http://inspirationalcraftblogs.blogspot.com/

If you'd like to display the button on your blog, just copy it from the sidebar!

Thanks for agreeing to share your lovely work. :-)

Diane said...

It's new to me and I am so glad you shared it. Thanks.

Dawn said...

Stunning technique - beautiful