3: DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT A CRACKED PAPER QUILT

Experience the pleasure of constructing a paper quilt. You may find, as I did, that you love the textures you can create, the ease with which you can create shapes and the myriad of ways to decorate the paper surface.

We will explore techniques such as:
…..Φ Making and using a variety of art papers for the quilt top
…..Φ Shaping the quilt
…..Φ Painting with acrylic & gesso on your quilt top
…..Φ Using an array of mixed media techniques on the quilt

TOOLS:

  • Sewing machine, if possible.  (I use a size 12 or 14 needle)
  • Thimble, needles for hand sewing (I use quilting needles)
  • Range of crochet hooks, from 1.00 mm (steel) to 3.00 mm (I use the 1.00 for crocheting sewing thread).
  • Scissors that can be used to cut paper and fabric
  • Ruler, exacto knife
  • Stencils, stamps (optional)
  • Brushes, sponges, rollers, ANYTHING you like to apply color with.

MATERIALS:

  • A length of felt: minimum is 24″x 24,” or a little larger than you would like your quilt to be
  • A length of fabric: thin cotton of any kind, no matter what the color or pattern. Minimum is 24″x 24″, or a little larger than you would like your quilt to be
  • A few hanks of embroidery floss. Make one of them white.
  • Images and words, preferably your own, photocopied or printed (with pigment based inks that do not smear) onto copy/computer paper. Bring both color and B&W printouts.  (These can follow a specific theme if there is one you would like to explore and express.)
  • A wad of blank computer/copy paper for backing and creating new design papers (optional-various papers you happen to have)
  • A sheet or two of watercolor paper. It can be hot pressed (smooth) or cold pressed (textured), according to your preference
  • A roll of waxed paper and/or deli paper
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Liquid matte medium, and soft gel medium (gloss)
  • White gesso: I use Liquitex, but any kind you have is fine. Bring black gesso if you like to paint on black.
  • Molding paste
  • 505 spray if you have it. If you don’t, I highly recommend this product.
  • White glue
  • Acrylic paints in your favorite colors: these do not have to be expensive. Black, white, and the primaries are suffiicient. Bring more if there are special colors you can’t be without.
  • Any mixed media supplies you enjoy using, including metal foil, collage elements, clay, beads, yarn, string, lace, trim, whatever!

Make sure you include your sense of humour and willingness to mind your muse !

(See my articles in QUILTING ARTS, Issues 33 and 39, as well as my videos to get a sense of the processes involved.)

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