Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Paper Trapunto

Trapunto is a quilting technique where an area is raised by the addition of stuffing between two layers.  It's actually more complicated than that but this explanation will do for this technique.  I first learnt how to do Trapunto when I was making cloth dolls several years ago before I ventured into the paper-craft world.  I was going to teach my students how to do a trapunto technique using fabric but thought about what's actually required with sewing machines etc and figured there must be an easier way to do it with paper.  Well, there is... and even though you can't see it in these pictures, there is a section on each atc that is raised above the rest and is about 2-3mm higher than the rest.   It needs to be a large enough section of a stamped image to raise and fairly simple in shape.  Cotton wool balls are the secret and the images are coloured using watercolour pencils.  Think this technique is going into my next Technique book that I hope to have ready by about November this year,
just in time for Christmas!
"Exhibit A"... (raised area is the pointy brick hat)

"What is art"... (raised area is the body of the urn)
"See me"... (raised area is the rectangular body)
"Lather"... (raised area is the skirt - this one also incorporates
micro beads from a previous class)
There will be more samples to follow and I'll try and get a side-on picture so you can see the raised area as it's really not noticeable on these scans....it also doesn't help if you squash down the atc on the scanner bed so you can get a clear picture!!!   ;-)
These images below are from previous classes.  The first one is from Faux Brick and the other 3 are from the Micro Beads class.
"Lash"... (Faux Brick class)
"Mesmerize"... (micro beads class)
"Diamonds"... (micro beads class)

"Steampunk"... (micro beads)

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