Needle felting on Paper towel
Last 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.