Yesterday I wrote about making what I want, but in the back of my mind this challenge by Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine has been bouncing around and causing quite a lot of "what if's". Here are the Rules:
Show us your True Colors in a Mixed-media Paper Quilt.
- Make a mixed-media paper quilt that incorporates a color or colors that reveal the true you.
- The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 12" x 12".
- You are encouraged, but not required, to use a sewing machine for quilting your paper quilt.
- Any embellishments must not protrude more than 1" from the quilt.
- The entire quilt must weigh no more than 2 lbs.
- The quilt must be backed with fabric and the edges must be stitched closed, or you may use a fabric binding.
- The quilt must have a 3" rod pocket attached to the back.
- To be considered for the Make it University! display, send 2 jpegs of your paper quilt, one of the entire piece and one detail, to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 3, 2008. You will be notified if your quilt has been accepted by March 7, 2008.
- If accepted, your quilt must be in our offices no later than March 26, 2008.
You may make the quilt out of any kind of paper, but if you are going to stitch it, you may want to strengthen the paper using the method described by Beryl Taylor in the Premiere Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and in Mixed-media Explorations.
Making fabric paper:
- Take a piece of open-weave muslin and paint it all over with diluted PVA or white glue.
- Embed wrapping, images, text, etc., into the glue layer, leaving spaces in between.
- Apply another coat of diluted PVA or white glue over the top. Embed craft tissue into the glue layer.
- While the glue is still wet, paint on dyes using a sponge applicator.
- Let fabric paper dry completely before cutting and stitching.
If you have questions about the True Colors Challenge, please contact Barbara Delaney of our editorial staff at email@example.com.
I copied it from their site-please use the links to check out the site if you are unfamiliar with either Quilting Arts or Cloth, Paper, Scissors. I always find something new to learn in each publication and anxiously await my new copies so that I can enjoy the event of reading them. I make a cup of tea, settle down in my favorite chair and dive in. The cool refreshing pages carry me down stream and invigorated and replenish my parched creativity.
So, at Dollar Tree I found some tissue paper with roses and a package of Mulberry Paper made in Thailand in 3 colors.
I also bought a flour cloth dishtowel that will mimic the open weave muslin.
I couldn't find glue but bought some puzzle adhesive, which when diluted with water will work fine.
I have read the rules many times. Each time I get a different picture in my mind.
12x12 is the size of a record.
I usually have the image in my head and then work backward from that...how I get to the finished project is the process. When I am given parameters to stick to then I have to work backwards.
I am not even sure if you are allowed to blog the process...I suppose I should ask Barbara. edit: I did ask and I shouldn't blog it in the hopeful hope that if it is accepted it will be fresh if included in some future publication. oh,sorry girls! I have to play all by myself...I still encourage you to make something to enter. If I don't get included then I will show you the piece then-ok?
I hope I can quietly tea-dye the flour cloth and dry it without drawing undue attention to myself. Maybe I can get Charlie to create a distraction..teehee...
Calamity Art Ninja... donning my black skin-tight turtleneck and stretch pants (please picture a glamorous Audrey Hepburn here or Emma Peel, cause the image of me in a cat suit is pretty hysterical!)
Tip-toeing to the kitchen to boil water, silently unwrapping the tea bags....
So, what are my true colors anyway?
I love aqua and red. But I am feeling mossy brown taupe faded in the sun nothing brighter than gray at the moment.
If I have to back it with fabric then do I add batting too?edit- whatever I want
The 1" depth rule keeps making me think of 3-dimensional origami...it was probably in reference to some hanging stuff maybe...? Another question for poor Barbara. edit: she answered so quickly! anything I want to do! ahh, freedom!
It makes me think and grow and stretch.
Never mind the gut wrenching wait to find out if my work will be accepted.
I can't even touch on that.
I don't worry about that as much as I do about finding a way to throw myself completely and totally into a project that will take my mind someplace else.
Floating down the peaceful waters of tranquil creativity.
A picnic basket filled with paper, cloth, scissors...