C
D
MATERIALS
DMethod: Gel Skin Medium Transfer
(see page 26)
Dpiece of canvas or heavy cloth
Dglue brush
Dgel medium
Dblack-and-white or color photocopy
(reversed)
Dsponge and water
Dscrap fabric, buttons, and ephemera
Dneedle
Dheavy thread
Ddriftwood or vintage frame
Mixed-Media
Wall Hanging
B
oth my grandmas were handy with a needle and thread. My grandma
Louise (pictured on page 89) was a huge part of my childhood and made
me many, many outts. When she died this year, her sewing kit was one of
the things I was most happy to have, along with my memories of her siing at her
sewing machine and me on the oor, organizing her threads and notions alongside
her. I never knew my grandma Virginia (pictured on page 86), but I inherited her
green tin of buons and a half-nished needlepoint. Along with these items, I grew
up with albums lled with beautiful images of them both.
087
PURPOSEFUL PLAY
17
PROJECT
088
PLAYING WITH IMAGE TRANSFERS
1
Cut or tear your canvas down
to a workable size. I love
using canvas drop cloth from
the hardware store. In small
quantities, it can look like a heavy
gray linen, and it’s so much fun
to tear!
2
Brush on an even coat of gel
medium (or acrylic paint)
onto the center of the fabric.
If you plan to hang this from a
branch, you’ll want to leave 2 to 3
inches (5 to 7.6 cm) at the top to
allow for hanging. (See A.)
3
Place the photocopy face
down into the wet medium
and burnish lightly with your
fingers. Allow to dry completely!
4
Once dry, gently remove
the paper pulp with a damp
sponge, using circular motions.
Add water and remove paper pills
as necessary until the image is
revealed. (See B.)
5
Compose fabric scraps
around the image. Layer long
strips of bold plaids with small
stacks of squares in neutrals and
a small pop of neon to bring it to
life! Stitch in place. (See C.)
6
Layer in buttons with a
simple running stitch using
a deep red thread. Add stitches
as embellishments, too. Consider
using parallel lines of running
stitch or little French knots to
build up texture. (Check out
Rebecca Ringquist’s work at
www.rebeccaringquist.com for a
burst of embroidery inspiration
if you’re feeling shy about
embroidery.) (See D.)
C
A
B
089
PURPOSEFUL PLAY
7
You can easily place this
piece in a vintage frame,
but I love allowing its sculptural
quality to show through by
hanging it on a branch or piece
of driftwood. Fold the top few
inches over a branch and secure
in the left and right corner with
a simple X stitch. Hang with a
length of thread.
<VARIATION
Gel medium transfer on
drop cloth without embel-
lishments, in vintage frame.
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D

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