Tuesday 6 January 2015

paper cloth seascapes

Last week I was intuitively collaging,
This week I am still intuitively collaging (photos at the bottom of the post) However it is a slow process of fiddling and in between paint drying and wondering what to do next, I decided to do some seascape embroidery using cloth paper.

 I can't take the credit for coming up with the idea of cloth paper as I know many textile artists use similar techniques.
I use muslin as a backcloth support, covering it liberally in pva glue. I normally use artists quality pva but for this cheap pva does just as well.

Then paper scraps are glued onto the surface and layered in white tissue paper. making a sort of paper cloth sandwich.

I used discarded Christmas wrap torn into strips to make random patterns.

After a bit of drying time and ink spraying you get something like this It is paperish but is stable enough to be machine stitched. It can be cut and appliquéd.

Stitching can be as wild and free as you like,

Embroidered stormy seascape

I love the combination of paper and stitch.

I also used fabric scraps along with the paper cloth.

On this piece I burnt the organza overlay with a heatgun. making little holes to add texture.

And this piece has a tweed fabric edge and some buttons and sequins added.

 And finally
 my intuitive collage has moved along, slowly....

These are some of the steps of the journey so far .....

Thank you for all your sweet comments last week. One comment in particularly filled me with delight  comparing it to Friedensreich Hundertwasser  work!!  One of my FAVOURITE artists!! BIG smile :) Ahhhh if only.....

The journey so far

 Hopefully by next week it may be nearly finished..... possibly ;)

Linking to Paint party friday


  1. morag, i mean it, you never cease to amaze me... such beautiful - and complex - combinations of paper, paint, and cloth.

    wow, simply wow...


  2. These are so beautiful! I wish I could see them in person.

  3. Morag your work is fabulous! I love what you did combining the stitching and all the other beautiful effects with paper, it has me in awe at the beauty and creativity of it all, the colours and textures are all so gorgeous and your intuitive collage is coming along beautifully, the effects are dazzling!

  4. I'm lovin' these ~ they're beautiful!
    I love mixing paper and fabric, regardless of the outcome. But your outcomes are manifesting magnificently!

  5. Beautiful work - I love your colour palettes - so vibrant and exciting. I have never used glue when layering paper and cloth together, I just tend to add the scraps as I'm sewing and they get anchored by the stitching - I imagine gluing would give more control over the process - I shall definitely give it a try - thank you for sharing your techniques.

  6. Morag i know i keep saying this but I'll say it again anyway-you are so incentive with your mixed media materials. This looks amazing especially when you are how intricate it is close up.

  7. Love what you have made, great idea with the paper cloth, must try that! Valerie

  8. Stunning work and so enjoyable seeing the process!! You have mastered this process and I love visiting to see what's next...I feel you have so much momentum lately! I want to bottle some of that!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. Gorgeous work, so beautiful & creative & unique!!!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

  10. Amazing work, Morag! Stunning, so beautifully done, stormy and Scottish! Beautiful!!!!

  11. fantastic love the bluish one...hope you are alright up there with the bad storms

  12. Wow these are spectacular, I'm floored! So many wonderful ideas I can't wait to try!

  13. This work is so fabulous! I am speechless. I so love the paper cloth. I may have to put this on my list of new things to try this year. I would love to have you share it on my site. http://thequeenofcreativity.blogspot.com/2015/01/express-your-creativity-week-2.html


  14. wow-really stunning works of art-I LOVE the fabric paper seascapes!

  15. I love paper and stitch too. It has been too long since I have had my sewing machine out. I have made fabric paper before. I first came across it in Beryl Taylor's work and followed her instructions for making fabric paper in her book Mixed Media Explorations. I love the what you have done with them especially the stormy seascape.

  16. Thanks for explaining about cloth paper! I have been wondering what it is exactly. It looks like a lot of fun, and you put your Christmaswrapping to great use! Love that stormy seascape! And your intuitive collage is coming along great. I like every single step you took. Can't wait to see the end result!

  17. So wonderfully creative! I love your color choices and the texture layers! So cool!

  18. Wow!! Your works are absolutely beautiful!!
    Just amazing! Very interesting technique- this is something new for me :-)


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