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Paper and fabric collage

Not the Measure of a Woman uses several techniques that I've outlined in tutorials before here on Mixed Media Artist. It is primarily a paper quilt: I cut and sewed the paper pieces together using beads to accent the stitching. Other elements were collaged on top afterward.

1. Follow my directions for paper quilting to created a quilted background for your collage. Handpainted papers are used for some of the pieces.

2. Create an image transfer on muslin, using the transparency and inkjet method, or whatever method you desire. Here is a round-up of all image transfer tutorials.

3. Embroider with thread and silk ribbon around the transfer and cut out with pinking shears. Stitch or glue it into place.

4. The calipers and ruler were scanned and printed out. I cut them out precisely with an Exacto knife and glued them in place.

5. The lettered phrase was added last using a gold marker.

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Limarea said…
This is really beautiful! Love every piece of it, and the colors... :) Thank you for all your tuts, they are really a great resource!
Very nice Cyndy. Love the colours. I like the idea of paper piecing and pinked edges of the image.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks for your comments, Limar and Shirley! I wish you both a lovely Christmas celebration :-)
I love it! You have such great techniques, and it's so nice of you to share!
That's lovely! What a great combination!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Noreen :-)
That's beautiful, Cyndi.

I wonder if there will be follow-ons to "Not the Measure ... ". It's a great theme idea.

I've bookmarked your image transfer tutorials. They're a terrific resource. Thank you.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Eileen! I hope other people will be inspired to think about the measurements that we use on ourselves and others :-)
Nikki Yeager said…
I use some of those transfer techniques myself, thanks so much for posting them! It's really hard to find image transfer information by googling :(

Oh, and I know we talked a while back you you posted on of my pictures.. just thought I'd let you know I'm finally doing prints of my pieces.

If anyone is curious I do a glue transfer technique:

1. use design markers to draw an image on acetate
2. coat a pictureor painting with elmer's glue
3. flatten the acetate (marker side down) onto the elmer's glue.
4. Let it dry and then pull the acetate off. The ink will stay on top of your image or canvas.
Cyndi L said…
That's great! I'm going to leave you tips here, but also move them into a post of their own so that no one misses them :-) Thanks!