Friday, February 17, 2017

StencilGirl and C&T Publishing Blog Hop


Happy Friday!

Today, StencilGirl and Kraft-Tex and hopping and I hope you will join us.  

Before I show you my project(s), I have to tell you a little secret.  When I first received my roll of white Kraft-Tex I wasn't quite sure what to make.  I had never used Kraft-Tex before and wasn't sure if I wanted to use it as fabric or paper or both.   

As I started adding stencils and paint, I couldn't stop.  I didn't create just one project for today.  I created FOUR!  Yup, you read that right....FOUR!  Moral of the story??? You need Kraft-Tex in your creative life.  This stuff is amazing, versatile, and super fun to create with.  I hope to use it in future projects, so be on the look out.

Let's start with the first project I created.  I saw this video on Facebook a few months back and had been wanting to make my own zippered pouch for awhile.  Because Kraft-Tex is paper that acts like fabric, I thought it was the perfect time to try it out.

Using the video tutorial as a guide, I cut pieces of Kraft-Tex to size, then added spray mist to using the Eastern Leaf, Lotus, and Flower Repeat stencil.  I used both positive and negative 'prints' for variety.  For more interest, I added embossing with several stamps in black and white.

I've been obsessed with using uncommon words in my art journal pages, so why not use one on my pouch?  I hand-stitched the word 'chiliad' to the front of the pouch in a simple font.

Using the video as a guide, I constructed the pouch using my stenciled Kraft-Tex pieces.  Here's a peek at the inside.

 Special Note:  Since Kraft-Tex is somewhat stiff, it was difficult to 'turn' the pouch right side out. A corner ripped in the process, but I continued, being gentle as I turned the rest of the pouch.

I had original intentions of making two pouches, but because of the difficulty in turning the pouch right side out, I opted to make a small journal in coordinating 'fabric'.  

 The inside of my journal is white muslin 'sheets' so it would be perfect for painting, drawing, and hand-stitching.  The word chosen for my journal is 'vagary'.  The journal is assembled with a basic machine stitch.  Super strong and functional.

 Now that I finished two projects, I wanted to create more.  Using another piece of Kraft-Tex, I rust-dyed the piece, using various shaped rusty objects.  (there are many videos that show how to rust dye fabric/paper with just a basic search)

Once the rusted Kraft-Tex piece was dry, I added stenciling to various small sections using PanPastels.  PanPastels work beautifully with Kraft-Tex and stencils.  

  I set the PanPastel with final fixative, then hand-stitched over the shape with embroidery thread.  It adds the perfect texture and pop of color.

I used the other sections to create a mini-book, using the same PanPastel/Stencil process, adding doodles and machine stitching to each square for more interest and texture.



 I really love how the Kraft-Tex 'grabs' the PanPastel.  The colors are so vibrant and bright.

Stencils Used
Grindstones B Mini
Under the Sun
Urban Insiders Square
Hawk of the Mountain
Decorative 6 Petal
Urban Insiders Tag

Whew...I'm so glad you stuck with me.  Still looking for more inspiration?


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