Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New Idea

I have been creating collages using archival mat board as a backing, because it is sturdy enough to withstand paste and glue without buckling. However, it is not easily stitched through, and I want to use stitched lines as design elements in new collages. So today I played with alternatives. I'm not fond of batting --- too puffy, plus what to do about the edges. Finally I hit on the idea of using Pellon, and I think that is the solution for me. It is somewhat sturdy, yet easily stitched through. The collage above is my first attempt using Pellon as a backing, and I'm happy with the way it handled stitching and painting. What do you think?

7 comments:

bailey said...

Actually, Karen, I love about anything you do regardless of what you do it on....
Vicki Bailey

Julie Bagamary said...

Karen you may want to consider the extra thick felt sold at ACMoore for your backing. It's reasonably priced.

Debbi Baker said...

I think the stitching really adds something and the Pellon looks as though it worked very well! I use Pelmet Vilene Plus - nice and robust but very stitch-able! This piece actually looks like something best viewed up close - it is killing me trying to work out whether the black texture is stamped, painted or???

Louise in SW Saskatchewan said...

Karen,

I've started using Peltex (timtex style/weight) pellon for some of my work. It's firm, yet easy to stitch to.

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

Debbi, the "black texture" is actually a dark cobalt blue, and it was created by painting the outside of a hedge apple and rolling it across the collage. I love the randomness of the print it leaves behind!

Von said...

Karen.... As mentioned above I love all your collages... However I'm curous how you seal your edges so the white of the pellon does not show? are you wrapping around to the back?

Alpenhimmel said...

I love how this turned out! The Pellon as a substrate seems to have been the perfect answer. I'm sure in person this has a wonderful mix of textures.