paper fabric

For this month’s art group challenge, we have to create a page for our fabric journal that has the theme of either a line from a poem or a common saying or verse. These challenges take a lot of thought- in fact I think I spend more time thinking and planning than actually creating it.
I had an idea that I’d like to incorporate paper onto the page this time and I had a recollection of reading somewhere about making a kind-of hybrid paper and fabric mix which can be stitched and used just like fabric. So I went hunting and found in this book…
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…the instructions on how to make ‘fabric paper’. So that formed the basis of my play day on the weekend.
These are the makings: open weave muslin or cheesecloth, glue, paintbrush and a little paint, teabag paper, some tissue paper and newspaper- I wanted to have a newspaper-look to the fabric.
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The process involved putting a layer of glue on to the fabric backing, then torn up bits of newspaper, more glue,
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tissue paper, some teabag paper and more glue, and then sponging a little white paint here and there.
Looks lovely, no?
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Leave it to dry, and the next day it looks like this:
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Now I have a base, and I can start to embellish it.