Stencils, fabric and TAP...now that = FUN!!!!
I was so excited to try Lesley Riley's TAP Transfer Artist Paper and I had the perfect photo that I wanted to try.
One day my husband and I were driving down the street and I said "STOP!!!"....of course that caused a very high heart rate in a certain husband, but that is a story for another day.
I jumped out of the car and took this photo.
On to the project.....
A fabric cover for watercolor signatures to make my own customized art journal.
Starting with an off white piece of muslin, I cut a scrap piece of paper the size of my photo and taped it down where I wanted the photo to go on the project. This would protect it while I stenciled. I then used the Eddy Rose stencil from StencilGirl to stencil the entire piece of fabric. Here is what it looked like after I removed the paper mask. I'm telling you, who needs to buy fabric when you can make it yourself. This is one of my all time FAVORITE stencils!
I then followed the instructions that came along with the TAP and printed the photo on the white side of the TAP. Just a note here: make sure if you are putting text on your photo (like I did here) to use the mirror image setting when printing. I trimmed away the TAP that was left around the photo after printed and following the directions, ironed it onto my fabric. As you can see I used another piece of scrap paper to cover the photo when ironing. Yes, I ironed right on the kitchen counter. Ironing not my strong suit, LOL!
I got a perfect image transfer and was I doing a HAPPY dance! Years of doing less than perfect image transfers with a variety of methods and then getting PERFECTION on the first try--I'm SOLD!!!
This is what my fabric looked like when complete.
On to those french knots! I didn't really intend to do 2 million french knots. I started by pulling colors in the photo and making random french knots as seen in the photo below. Well one thing led to another and I couldn't stop.....
Look at that close up of the image transfer--INCREDIBLE!!!
Final details including a little free motion quilting, just playing around to add some texture.
Here is what the final piece of fabric looks like
My cover is all ready for me to sew in my watercolor signatures. I love to make my own journals like this. The size I want and the satisfaction of making it myself from beginning to end.
As a matter of fact, I have another project that I'm dying to show you incorporating the two!
Watch for that soon!
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