In My View by Alma De La Malena Cox
If you are as intrigued as I am by fusing fabric with wood, learn more about this unique, fascinating tactile process on Alma De La Malena Cox’s website and/or her book Collage Fusion: Vibrant Wood and Fabric Art Using Telemadera Techniques. Truly amazing, vibrant, luminescent work of art that tells a story in each creation.
Featured on PBS and Quilting Arts TV
I’ll punctuate my play with 3D paint to add more texture and interest, such as scripts, outlining, and raised effects. Telamadera Fusion uses ten layers (some say seven) of liquid polymer to seal the fabrics completely. I’ve seen many examples of work that shows how fabric, which absorbs light, is transformed with polymer, becoming an element that emits light and makes artwork sing while preserving it. Preparing for my next Art Exploration, I have my woodburning tool
some routed plywood
Can be purchased in a craft store like Michael’s
fine grit sand paper to sand the top, back, and edges of my wood with its grain
fabric fusion (instead of the recommended 1/2 to 1 yard of Steam A Seam 2)
Regular and 3-D Acrylic paint
Small to medium sharp fabric scissors, carbon paper, and pencil (not shown)
fine- tipped black Sharpie pen
Brush for varnish (a high quality interior paint brush for latex is preferred)
a small (for detail work) AND a medium artist’s flat paint brushes
LIquitex High gloss Varnish–it’s the polymer VANISH (NOT THE SOLUVAR or the Medium)
Small container, like a yogurt one, for varnish–make sure varnish brush fits in it–and a large one for water
Small amounts of 100% cotton fabric (prints with patterns are best & avoid lots of darker ones)
No more than 1/8 to 1/4 yard…Quilting Cottons and Cotton Batiks are great.
Another wonderful use for my favorite fabric scraps…just another form of decoupage, mixed media art. Alma may be seen during Quilter’s Affair at this year’s Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on July 6, 7, and 8, teaching Telemadera workshops.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!