Creating with Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

Today I am creating with Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements! Wow – did this ever push me out of my wheelhouse, but I’m very happy with what I created. The DCC (Designer Crafts Connection) is sharing wonderful designs using Rebekah’s kit and I’m happy to be a part of this great group.Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

Fabric Elements is a fabulous product line developed by fellow CHA designer, Rebekah Meier. If you are not familiar with the product, please check it out at Rebekah’s Etsy store (rebekahmeierdesigns). You can also find more information at Rebekah’s website, www.rebekahmeier.com.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

The kit included a lot, but it didn’t include the one item I fear the most – a sewing machine! 🙂 JUST KEEP IN MIND: I started with plain canvas fabric.

Sewing, working with batting, rotary cutters and straight lines is just not what I do, but I was up for the challenge and basically followed the kit’s directions. Frankly I am shocked my sewing machine didn’t just laugh at me, but it was still working and didn’t let me down!

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

Most of the extra items and tools I worked with to make my mixed media collage using the Fabric Elements kit.

When I read the instructions the first time I knew I’d have to read them a few more times and I still messed up something but I’ll leave it to you to figure it out ( *I think I hid it pretty darn well, though).  I didn’t realize ‘how involved’ it was going to be, but once I got started I discovered that I was REALLY ENJOYING myself!

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

With printed tissue paper (provided by Rebekah), paint and stencils the collage starts taking shape.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

This is a great photo of one of my relatives and I don’t have a clue who it is. I thought it would be even more beautiful with some added colour.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

EKTools markers are amazing. Who needs special markers to colour photographs?! I don’t. By drawing on my teflon sheet, adding a little water and using a brush I was able to achieve that gorgeous rose background, and other enhancements.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

Check out the heart! It’s painted batting! — who knew?! I LOVE this effect.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

Little lace flowers cut out of a larger piece plus white pearl beads plus glue = a crazy easy flower embellishment on the heart. I also painted the edges of the heart with gold acrylic paint.

Rebekah Meier Fabric Elements

The heart at the top encased in green shimmery organza was first embossed then painted.

Make sure you visit the DCC blog to link to all the designers projects using Fabric Elements AND enter for your chance to win a FANTASTIC PRIZE from Rebekah Meier Designs.Fabric Elements

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Powertex Workshop – Seated Figure

The studio was humming today with a Powertex Workshop – the Seated Figure, and I spent my day with the nicest women!

Powertex workshop seated figureAs a matter of fact, I found out today that “I’m worth the drive FROM Acton” !  – Sorry, this is a reference to a leather store IN Acton and their tag line was ‘ It’s worth the drive to Acton’.  We had some travelers today representing the great towns of Acton and Fergus, Ontario. Thank you Marg and Nancy for making the trip! Judy also drove about an hour to get here. Fortunately Sam didn’t have far to drive :).  THANK YOU, Ladies, for such a wonderful day.

This is the Full-day Powertex Seated Figure workshop, from 10 am to 5 pm.

After several hours of work we paused and enjoyed a yummy lunch ( Thank you, Costco 🙂 ) and then worked to complete our sculptures.

I think the pictures speak for themselves.

Powertex Workshop Seated Figure

Wow! The ladies did a splendid job and I think they are all thrilled with their creations; they can be proud of the fact that they made their entire sculpture by themselves! Bravo!!

To wrap up I would like to give a special award :

Powertex Workshop Seated Figure

And the ‘Most Beautiful Bosom’ award goes to…. Marg! (her sculpture – silly)

Powertex Workshop Seated Figure

Marg and her ‘award winning’ sculpture!

Thanks for a wonderful day, Ladies!Powertex workshop seated figure

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Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Yes! Today I am showing you how easy it is to work with products and materials in a way different than they are intended. This is the first time I have worked with Fairfield and their wonderful Oly*fun material! olyfun mixed mediaThe new metallics are gorgeous and I received very generous samples of gold, bronze, and silver. The non-metallic colours are beautiful and there are so many to choose from.

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Before I forget: You could win one bolt of Oly-Fun Metallic of your color choice. (US and Canada only). Find out how to win at the end of this post!

Oly*fun mixed media I enjoyed working with the Oly*fun so much, I made two projects today.

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Canvas #1. Isn’t this bright and fun!? The colours are so beautiful and I love how vibrant the blue and purple are against the bright yellow canvas.

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I used Testors Spray Enamel (yellow) to paint my Styrofoam canvas — it was so easy!

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I was able to use scraps from the flowers I made to ‘poke’ the fabric into the Styrofoam™ and NOT use ANY glue!

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It was so easy to gently push the Oly*fun into the canvas. Notice how beautifully the metallic Oly*fun embosses.

I did use Fabri-tac to glue the fabric flowers and strips to the canvas.

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Canvas #2. Gelli Print and Metallics.

My first idea was to create a very large canvas and this was my first planning session: I created a beautiful print using a gelli-plate and acrylic paints.

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I was going to use a large canvas and use the quilted metallic Oly*fun as a mat. I played around with the placement of shapes. I decided I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the large piece of quilted fabric. It would make a pretty tea cosy or thermal coffee holder!

I used a fancy pair of scissors to create a border because it was uneven. I then used ETI (Environmental Technology, Inc) Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer/Glue to seal and protect the print.

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It looks so thick and goopy but WOW does it dry clear and shiny. The colours look so vibrant afterwards.

I applied one coat with my brush going vertically, and allowed it to dry. I then did another coat brushing horizontally, and allowed it to dry. Then I used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere the print to the canvas, carefully sealing the edges. The metallic Oly*fun was cut into shapes, embossed with my Cuttlebug, and glued with the Ultra-Seal™ and then finished with another 2 coats over the entire project to seal it.olyfun mixed media

Wasn’t that fun and easy?

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