Who ever follows the theme anyway?!
I'm making a start on my fabric book and I guess it's going to be flowers, birds, butterflies, dragonflies - things like that - but from my imagination.
I've been looking at my new book 'Under The Cover' by Frances Pickering and she suggests starting off with an 'Ideas' book...well I already have collections of stuff that I keep and have ideas for!
One of the things I kept was a plastic bag from 'Oasis' thinking, 'I'll use that someday'. I liked the butterflies and flowers on it. Now I'm colouring them in with my Sharpie pens and the new acrylic inks.
After 'Ideas' comes 'Covers' and I think this plastic bag might just make a cover for my book so I've been doing a bit of sampling.
I coloured in a butterfly with Sharpie pens then fused it to my fabric with Bondaweb and a hot iron.
It bonded well to the fabric and I thought I could stitch on this.
I was surprised when I peeled the plastic bag off the fabric - the Sharpie ink had transferred on to the fabric but also remained on the plastic. Two for the price of one.
I painted some yellow acrylic ink to the wing of the butterfly (below left) and liked the colours.. the yellow rose in the centre is acrylic ink and gave a good print too - they seem to work better with Bondaweb.
The next step is to experiment with some background fabrics and see how they look when the coloured plastic bag is placed over.