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Needle felting on Paper towel

paper-towel-feltLast week I took a class with Traci Bautista and had a great time with paint and glitter and all sorts of papers. One of our fun tasks was using a paper towel as a printing plate. Acrylic paints are drizzled onto a two ply paper towel in some sort of pattern; water is spritzed on and then the towel is sandwiched between two pieces of paper–think vellum, typing paper, kraft paper, manila folders, advertising papers, or even fabric. A stamp or texture making device is applied; the sandwich can be above or below the stamp. The paint is transferred to the paper from the paper towel. The paper towel can be used for several printings; when it begins to dry out, the two plies are carefully separated and let dry.

I used one of the pieces as a background for needlefelting. Here is the sample. I used no backing for the papertowel, just layered the bits of roving over the towel, needlefelted, and then machine stitched a design. This little gem is up for adoption–so leave a comment, I’ll select someone and mail it to you.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Paper towel printing sounds like a lot of fun. I may have to try it. Your thread sketch on this piece really makes it come alive. Amazing what a few lines can do.

    November 13, 2008
  2. Kate Owens #

    I’ve been saving paint stained papertowels to recycle into art – what a great piece you created. I like the texture of felting — your thread sketch is simple yet effective. Inspiring…

    November 16, 2008
  3. Karen #

    Looks like an interesting technique! I always save my mop-up paper towels, but never thought of felting or stitching on them.

    November 19, 2008
  4. Lyn Wolf Jackson #

    Your threadwork makes it more lovely, Sylvia. Beautiful work and sounds like fun I will have to try. Off to guild with Mom. Hugs from Montana.

    November 20, 2008

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