Welcome to the Helmar blog today! DeeDee here :)
I'm excited to share with you an altered/mixed media/assemblage piece! I participate reguarly in the Viva Las VegaStamps! swaps, and our recent theme was Button Fairies! The idea is that there is a "fairy" or being at the top, and a trail of buttons where the legs should be. The buttons are most often threaded on a wire to give them stability and to help shape them. I've never been one for "rules" and really wanted to use a burlap string. I LOVE the look and feel of May Arts' burlap string, but I also wanted the stability and shaping of wire. Let's start with the fairy building, though!
First! Gather your supplies: Helmar's Fabric Glue and Craft and Hobby PVA Glue, May Arts Burlap String, Viva Las VegaStamps! Octopus Stamp, UmWowStudio Cicada Chipboard, Ranger's Archival Ink, Distress Markers, cardstock, buttons, acrylic block.
Stamp, color and fussy cut your fairy. Trim the chipboard to fit behind your fairy. Adhere the wings to the fairy using your PVA Glue. It's perfect for bonding paper to paper. Thread the burlap string through the buttons including the beads at the bottom and knot. Now adhere your button tail to the fairy, I've made sure snuggle the button right up to the chipboard so that there's some sturdiness in the piece.
Now.. back to our previous problem.. the loosey goosey string tail! Turn over your fairy and pick up your Fabric Glue. Curve the tail in the direction you want (remember it's upside down and will actually curl the other way face up). Now soak your string in fabric glue and let dry! We're basically using it as a stiffiner. When it's dry..... flip it over and be ready to be amazed. You've now got the "standard" wired tail with a softer string look!
Awesome right?? :D.