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Love on Earth - Christmas in July

by: Tracy Easson
July 25, 2017

Love on Earth - Christmas in July

I know, I know it`s only July and I`ve used the Christmas word ~ whooops! Why, you ask?

Life can be crazy hectic and before you know it you’re a week away from the big day PaNiCkInG about what gifts you still have to buy!

Not this year, this year I am going to create little treasures to give to friends and family and to dot around our home adding that little touch of whimsy I love.

Let me show you how I created this little keepsake by stamping on fabric, painting, adding doodles along with my wonky tonk stitching to finish.

Thank you so much for looking.

Big hugs

xoxox

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • WhichCraft? Tracy Easson Wonky Tonk Stamps Francesca
  • Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
  • Upcycled Cotton fabric
  • Scraps of Fabric
  • Brown Fine Liner Pen
  • Scissors
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Book Words

Instructions :

Stamp image onto fabric using an Archival Ink pad. The Archival Ink pad will not bleed when it gets wet.

Mix together matte medium with a touch of burnt sienna and titan buff to create a skin tone.

I find the matte medium mixed with the paint stops the paint from bleeding over the fabric. In each step that follows I continually mix each colour with the matte medium before applying to the fabric.

Add touches of pyrrole red mixed with matte medium to her cheeks and lips.

Mix together Titanium white with the matte medium and apply to her hair and wings.

Add a touch of colour to her eyes using Prussian blue hue again with a little matte medium. Add titanium white to the whites of the eyes to make them pop more.

So easy to extend this stamp by just following the shoulders, fill in with the matte medium mixed with titanium white creating a dress. You can make the dress as long or short as you would like at this point.

Use Raw Umber to add definition to the dress.

Now define the face with raw umber going over the eyes, eyebrows and hair. Add touches of titanium white to make her eyes come alive.

Apply scraps of fabric using matte medium to fix it in place.

Find words/ quotes in old books , snip them out or photocopy them. Fix in place using Matte medium.

Cut another piece of material the same size to create a back piece. 



Pop the two pieces of fabric together then  Machine stitch or hand sew around the two pieces leaving the bottom open.

Pop some toy filler into the bottom, push into place with the end of a wooden spoon. 

At this point be sure not to overfill as the bottom has to be stitched together.

Sew the bottom closed then take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the excess fabric away.

Using the above step by steps you can paint on fabric to create tote bags, notebook covers and so much more.

Be sure to visit Queenie's Scrap Mad for more projects and to learn more about Tracy Easson.

Comments

I love it! It caused me to smile!

Sheila

July 25, 2017

Absolutely charming, Tracy - I love her. Sadly I destroy sewing machines when I sit down at them... haven't yet made friends with one, but this makes me want to try all over again! Alison x

butterfly

July 25, 2017

Absolutely beautiful, love your work

Annie

July 25, 2017

Absolutely stunning, wonderful attention to detail, wonderful use of paints and gorgeous texture from the fabric. Love. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

July 25, 2017

WOW!! This looks better then awesome!! It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gisele

July 25, 2017

Wow! I think I need a Christmas doll! Heaven knows what mine will look like but this is wonderful! Chrisx

Pearshapedchris

July 25, 2017

Tracy, these are just beautiful! I love how you sketched and painted them, then sewed! Wonderful!!

Maura

July 25, 2017

So beautiful Tracy. They speak to me so much as I love tinkering around with both fabrics and paints. Such a delightful Christmas make.. Hugs Tracey x

Tracey

July 26, 2017

Love this Tracey xxx your a breath of fresh air , thank you for the tutorial. I have been stamping onto fabric and using embroidery and beads to add dimension. Your stamps are perfect for this. Ps. I still have the ruler you signed for me at your workshop with Sue Tucker , Iol xxx

Julie cassidy

July 26, 2017

Peaceful Perfection Tracy. She's soo lovely. Seems to me like she could be used year round - the message is timeless as is she! What a very special way to start my day. She exudes contentment. Xj.

Joi@RR

July 26, 2017

Wowzer oh I just luv her she is so beautiful,need to try this,need it in my life,never thought of using fabric,luv it xxx

Maureen Queen

July 26, 2017

How beautiful Tracy and great inspiration. Don't want Christmas to come round just yet but looking forward to using the Wonky Tonk girls at any opportunity! Love them! Xx 😊

Hazel Agnew

July 31, 2017

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