I have started making pages for my next fabric art journal. I am going to see what it is like to hand stitch the journal together so I am making the pages bigger than normal. They are about 32 x 31cm (12.5 x 12 inches) large. At the end of the year when I put it together I will make a video as an alternative to the machine stitched journals.
This is the first page I made. I used a technique from Maggie Grey's Textile Translations book to make the leaf design. Then I did a textile collage using scraps of fabric and other things from my stash. I kept adding bits until I felt it looked good and stitched it down. The plums are from an old cross stitch that I stiffened then cut up. The shiny bit is fusible film (angelina).
This page has a silk screen printed focal image. I made the silk screen and printed it on white fabric. When it was dry I used fabric paint to add color then finished it off with hand embroidery. I made another collage using odds and ends I had.
This final page is another silk screen printed image and this time I painted it with shiny Lumiere paints. I added machine stitching details on the owl and the background. No hand stitching this time.
I made the silk screens using fusible vinyl. I learned the technique from a Quilting Arts magazine. I will share it with you next post.