i had been given a few 'Canvas' Bags. The ones that they give away when you attend those seminars and large 'crafting shows where the supplier wants you to promote their stand/goodies while you're walking around. i had an idea about maybe changing the front of one of them by using what we all have and thats stamps. During my time while i was doing my Textile/Surface Design Degree i had built up a collection of materials that while not large enough to make something they were of a size where i could add them to a project. While i was doing my degree my Dissertation and end of Degree show was all about recycling. Mainly denim so this project was a chance to dip back into that mind set.
The Stamps were once again from a collection that im finding hard to beat and they are from DYLUSIONS designed by DYAN REAVELEY. The stamp sets used were: HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW DS008 - INBETWEENIES DYR34575 and PONDERING PETUNIA DYR34483. These as well as a wide collection of creative stamps are available from THATS CRAFTY ON LINE STORE.
10 inch Cotton square.
Brilliance Graphite Black Ink Pad
Heat Gun [Used to fix the mediums used when colouring and printing.]
Selection of Acrylic paints. [here i have opted to use mostly the paints from ECO-FRIENDLY nice rich colours and you only need a little. i also dipped into my paint collection and used PAPERARTSY pots]
Gloss Gel Medium [to help bind the paint onto the canvas. Also to give a glossy finish]
White Tile/Painters Pallet [to help mixing]
Very fine tipped Paint brush
Glitter Gel Pens
Black tipped Waterproof Pen
Tim Holtz Distress Markers [The Fine Tipped End Only]
Odd Bits of Wool each length is approx 14 inches in length.
Cream/Yellow Sewing Thread
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
2 other Larger Squares of Complementary Fabric to build up the project
Fine Tipped Scissors
Fabric Measuring Ruler
LETS MAKE A BAG!
First thing we need to do is iron our fabric so that it will lay flat when we are stamping onto the surface. Oh before i forget. You can still make this project even if you're not fortunate to have a sewing machine or not able to beg, borrow or long term borrow one. The stitching can all be done by hand. The embellished stitching you can glue the fabric into place and use stamps to decorate. So please don't feel you can't join in you can. i try with all my project to enable all crafters to try my project when i can.
To test out what works best on this fabric i 'Road Tested' several crafting mediums so that i had some idea of what will and will not work. i suggest this is something that you do every time you're working with fabric as it will save a lot of stress later down the road.
Recording what effect - how they would react with each colouring item.
Using the Brilliance Graphite Black Ink Pad i made an impression onto the cotton square. Then using the heat gun [replacing the iron] i heat set the impression making that little more stable if used in a moderate manner.
By using equal amounts of the paint and the gloss medium. When fully mixed together was then used to colour the selected area of the stamped image.
Now its time for the Hair. For this i used wool that complemented the colour scheme i selected for the figure.
After each layer of fabric was secured into place using a sewing measuring block i was able to make sure that all the widths were equal and the corners were also equal.
There you have it one of those simple bags that are given away turned into something that can be used for another purpose. im not going to say that this bag will take all the wear and tear of everyday use but it should be okay to use for hiding that special present or as that small beach bag used on holidays. You will have a one off, a bespoke piece. Who knows you might be able to use some of those unwanted clothes, instead of throwing them out recycle them into a bag embellished with stamps we have in our collections. Coloured in using those Acrylic paints that we bought but don't use as often as we should.
Any questions please send me a message and i will get back to you a.s.a.p.