Saturday, May 19, 2007

silk paper tutorial

Requirements: Jo Sonja's textile medium silk fibers (silk top) water dish washing detergent 2 containers to mix detergent and textile medium Large piece of bubble wrap, 2 pieces of tulle 1 craft roller, 1 cat litter tray (your pieces of tulle need to fit in the tray) One old hand towel Method: Spread bubble wrap on table. Place cat litter tray on top Place one piece of tulle in bottom of cat tray, Carefully pull small tufts of silk fibers of silk top, place on tulle until it is completely covered (take care that fibers are all in the same direction. Place a second layer of small tufts of silk from side to side, Place third layer in same direction as first layer. Place second piece of tulle on top and gently pat down. Mix small amount of detergent (several drops) with about 50-100 ml ( this would be up to 4 fluid ounces). Using your roller dip in the container of water with detergent, and gently place on the whole silk/tulle sandwich. Pat down again and gently rub to remove creases. Very gently turn over and place more watery detergent on bottom of sandwich. Gently pat with towel, I find gently pushing towel down works well. Mix 50 ml (2 fl ounces) textile medium in 150 ml (6 fluid ounces) of warm (not hot) water and paint this onto your sandwich. Let the sandwich drip excess back into cat litter tray and place somewhere safe to dry. You can iron it when dry if you have any creases. When dry and ironed you can use your paper as a stitching fabric. Enlarge some of mine and you will see the effect. I also use some snippets of various threads under the third layer, gives a really nice effect, or I place it on top, cover with tulle and stitch through it all. Playing with various alternatives will give you some great ideas and inspiration. Hope you find it as much fun as I did. Hugs, Maria


Blogger Ribbonwiz said...

Thank you Maria.
I shall try it as soon as my fibres arrive.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Faye Dianne said...

Thanks Maria, great tutorial... going to have a play
cheers - Faye

5:19 PM  
Blogger Calidore said...

Ahh so you use three layers of silk. I had only been using two and laying both in the same direction. The next lot I do I will try with three layers and the second layer pointing in a different direction. Thanks for the tutorial - I shall enjoy playing next week when the rest of my fibres arrive.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Sandie said...

Thank you Maria! This is fantastic.

1:55 AM  
Blogger crazyQstitcher said...

Great tutorial Maria. I hope to use it soon.

3:17 PM  

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