Experimenting with Glue - A Work in Progress

I was cleaning up my quilt haven the other day and found a surface design WIP (another one!) from a few years ago. I swear they multiply like rabbits up there.

The project below was started with a friend of mine who loves surface design work. Lutradur, tyvek, organza, velvet, screen printing -- you name it, she's tried it. She showed me this 'use Elmer's School Glue (Gel) as a resist, let it dry and then paint on it with Seta Colour paints' technique. There's a great free Quilting Arts Surface Design eBook available on how to do this too, if you want more details. 

This is the wrinkly mess I pulled out from its little warren. It still had the resist in it from three (?) years ago. I honestly wasn't sure the resist would come out anymore.


I soaked it in water for an hour and gently scrubbed the glue away. And then scrubbed it a little less gently and the resist all came out! 

And voilà!


I'm liking the colours a lot, the spirals less so, but that's okay -- it's a learning piece. I have no idea what to do with it now, but if you have any ideas, I'm all ears! 

14 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect size to make a new pouch for your sun glasses!! This is so cool, will be checking out the ebook link!!

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  2. I was going to say pouch, then I saw the previous comment - great minds think alike. How big is the piece? I totally see a small cosmetic bag-type pouch with this. Or if someone you know needs a knitting needle roll... something that allows you to use most of the piece without cutting it up in small bits without drowning it in a sea of other fabrics.

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  3. What a pretty piece of fabric. I like the pouch suggestion...not that I'm allowing peer pressure to guide me. LOL

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  4. interesting. no idea either, lol.

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  5. I love the result of the glue: color and design. How about a mug rug, not to be stained with tea, but placed next to a pretty plant, it would be a pleasure to see it often.

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  6. This reminds me os some of the Australian Aboriginal designs. Perhaps a mini quilts with some reds and blues

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  7. perfect free motion practice piece!!! it's just like batik. I've done that with flour and water as well as the traditional wax

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  8. Cut it into strips, add some jewel tones and black fabrics, and make a quilt

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  9. oh how cool! not sure what to do with it either, though honestly a little bag came to mind.

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  11. Place mat. Add hunks of fabric on one side or both to make it rectangular. Where I live, ladies bring their own lunches to quilt bees. Many use a place mat they have made as well as hand made lunch bags.

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  12. If you are not happy with the spirals then I would cut it up into squares and piece back together. It would shake up that spiral design and add interest. I think it could be made into some kind of pouch too but cutting it up would be so cool.

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  13. Ohhhhh, cool. I have collected all the stuff for years, but have I tried it? Heck no. Now I really need to make myself buckle down. I love this.

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  14. It's a lovely piece and I think that whatever you decide, you should make it the star. I kind of like the idea of a tote, pouch...etc....depending on the size of the fabric.

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