Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint

August 19, 2009

Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint by Angie Hughes

Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint by Angie Hughes

Another great book that is worth adding to the experimental art library: ‘Stitch, Cloth, Paper and Paint: Mixed Media Ideas and Inspiration’ by Angie Hughes.  This is one cool book.

Some of the techniques outlined include collaging with fabric and paint, sewing textured materials onto canvas and stretching it before painting it.  Things like laces, textured fabrics, needle point canvas, etc. are sewn onto canvas first in a collaged fashion.  Then paints and other surface techniques are applied on top.  The results are awesome.

I liked how the techniques described were used to create shrines and books.  The art is amazing and there are over 270 pictures so lots of great visuals.

Another great book that I’ve found recently is called “Fabric Art Collage: 40+ MIxed Media Techniques” by Rebekah Meier.  It is chockful of great ideas for combining materials and creating collage.  I particularly like how papers and fabrics are combined in different ways.  For example, the paper buttons explained are very charming especially when combined


into fabric collage, bookmarks, etc.  Some of the techniques described include:  needle felting, altered lace and ribbon, etched canvas, using Tyvek, Lutradur and dryer sheets in art, fusing silk, playing with embossing powders and melted crayon on fabric and tons more.  It’s

almost a new technique every page turn and the pictures are luscious, large and really clear.  I can’t wait to get home to pursue some of the ideas that this book has sparked for me.  This is definitely full of inspiration besides a boat load of things to try.


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