Tutorial: Textural “Fabric Paper”
As you know, fabric paper is one of my favorite materials and I use it in many different ways by printing on it using my inkjet printer when I make my art bags
and also painting on it for use as backgrounds on my art quilts.
There are *lots* of different ways to make fabric paper and I generally make it because I can create interesting and unique surface texture that can then be sewn either by hand or machine. And I use various different “recipes” for making fabric paper depending on exactly what I’m going to do with it.
This tutorial is super easy and shows you how to make painted textural fabric paper which you can then use as backgrounds for your art quilts or you could even cut it up and use it as fabric collage pieces. And for plain white fabric paper that you can paint on at a later date, simply omit the paint.
For more inspiration, visit the “Fabric Paper” section of my photo gallery.
What you’ll need
- some muslin or plain cotton fabric
- tissue paper
- pva glue (plain old Elmers glue)
- fabric paint or acrylic paint
- a foam paintbrush
Let’s go …
Take a piece of muslin and rinse it so that it’s damp.
Then make your glue mixture – two tablespoons of pva glue mixed with half a cup of water. You can adjust this to suit your own personal needs.
Then add some color; either fabric paint or acrylic craft paint. Adding the paint to the glue mixture makes it really easy to apply to the fabric.
Using a foam brush, slop on the glue/paint mixture so that the muslin is saturated.
Next add some tissue paper. Tear it into strips and scrunch it up, then using the flat side of the foam brush, mash it onto the top of the muslin. Use extra glue/paint if necessary to flatten it down. Make sure it is quite flat with no air bubbles.
Cut some strips or bits of cheesecloth and mash them onto the top of the tissue paper in the same way.
You can now add bits of extra color for contrast if you like.
Now go away and leave it alone until it dries. Since it’s a big sloppy mess, this might take a little while. I usually leave it overnight.
Once it dries, the fabric paper is quite stiff but handling it softens it up. And of course they are fully stitchable. Have fun!