Happy Thursday and welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop with Rebekah Meier Designs Fabric Elements!
Rebekah is one of my dear crafty friends and a fabulous fabric artist, so I was excited when she came out with her Fabric Elements line. It makes fabric art easy for a mixed media artist to be successful at AND won the best new product award at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Show.
For those not familiar with Fabric Elements, here is a little background in Rebekah's own words: "Award winning Fabric Elements™ is a culmination of my experiments, favorite materials, and techniques. It is a collection of my stencils, tissue paper, and fabric designs with pre-packaged fiber goods – such as batting, felt, gauze, Lutradur, and many others. The collection is designed to work together with my techniques and instructions to create endless mixed media and fiber art projects. I love to take the ordinary – like quilt batting and interfacing – and combine them with paint, inks, and other embellishments to elevate them into something extraordinary!"
Each designer received a Fabric Elements kit and then I broke out my Rebekah Meier Designs stencils from the Crafter's Workshop, some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - let the crafting begin!
The instructions were simple to follow (I always read through directions first, so I can avoid craft fails), then I just started layering paint and stencils and more paint. I used Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Green Gold, Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta. The fluid acrylics are partially transparent, so they are perfect for layering.
The last step was adding the Titan Buff accents to the top layer, which really makes the entire piece POP!
I ripped a few strips with the Green Gold background, tinted the lace trim with the Magenta before adding these elements to my Quilt. I layered the fabric, then the batting then my mixed media piece on top, instead of having a border around the edge.
I stenciled the smaller piece of batting included in the kit with Prussian Blue and then accented with Turquoise and Green Gold. I then stitched around the edges of the Mini Paper Quilt in black and through the center of the medallion, which gives it dimension.
I accented the stenciled words FLY AWAY with Tombow MONO Twin Permanent Marker, which I think really makes them jump off the page.
The mixed media nature of this project allowed me to be loose with my stitching and not worry about perfectly straight lines! Imperfection is perfect! The final accents were off white pearls and purple rhinestones. I enjoyed letting go and just creating this Mini Paper Quilt!