Fiber Fusion – Lesson Plan
Fiber Fusion – Lesson Plan

(♪♪♪) JULIE:
Hello! I’d like to read something
to you from the book Collage Journeys
by Jane Davies. “Collage is a vibrant
and exciting medium that is well suited to the process of
personal expression. It requires no
special artistic skill, just a willingness to jump in
and explore the possibilities.” Now Fiber Fusion blends
together aspects of collage, painting, fibre art, assemblage
and paper making. It’s kind of an art playground
to tell you the truth. I’m going to show you
how to make this. It’s a textured and flexible
sheet that can be crumpled, folded, wrapped, glued, sewed and manipulated into
a variety of ways. Anything that you would use
a sheet of handmade paper or fabric for. The journey begins
with a piece of muslin, lightweight and absorbent. This is what helps keep
the flexibility of the collage, a very different effect
than using paper. I’ve taped down a piece of
freezer paper to my work surface
to protect it, and to keep to collage
from sticking. Now I’ve gathered a variety
of materials for my collage. I have decorative papers,
including tissue paper, a lace paper, recycled book
and phone book pages. I have simple leaf, which is
a simulated gold leaf, some embroidery floss,
watercolours, oil pastels, just about everything
but the kitchen sink, really. I’m going to start with
some watercolours, and paint directly
onto my muslin. Now these are
Blick Artist watercolours. They’re a wonderful selection
of professional colours, and I love their intensity
on this fabric. You can paint
dry brush techniques, wet into wet, and I would continue
painting until I fill the whole piece. Now that I’ve finished
my watercolour painting, I’m going to add just
a few more details in here with an oil pastel,
define a few lines like so, and then I’ll be ready to
start building up my layers. I’ve mixed a solution of one part
Blickrylic gel medium and one part water. I’ve mixed in a container,
shaken the container up, and allowed it
to sit overnight, and I’ve got
a nice smooth mixture. This is going to
act as the glue, but it’s going to remain
glossy and flexible. Regular glue would crack
in thick applications. I’ll just brush
a little bit on here, and I’ll start with, oh,
some white tissue paper. And I’m going to
crumple it up, and allow it to
gather into folds like so, to add some
texture right away. I’ll give a coat of
the solution over the top to get it to stick down. Next I’m going to add some
decorative paper petals that I’ve cut out
here and there, and then I think some
decorative paper leaves to go with that. And here’s some lace paper. Let’s give it another
light coat of the solution, seal those down. And we’ll lay that
right over the top. You can see
it’s very transparent, the leaves show through, and I’ll glue down
the edges like so. The next thing I want to
show you is the simple leaf. Simple leaf is
a simulated gold leaf. It’s not real gold leaf,
and it’s on a carrier paper, so it will only come off when you’re ready
for it to come off. I’ll just chose
a little spot down here, lay the simple leaf into it. I can rub it with my finger,
or I can burnish a little bit maybe with the end
of my paintbrush, and then when I pull it back, I get a piece
that sticks there. Now that’s a little more
than I expected, so I’m going to just take
the end of my brush again and remove some of
the leaf like this. I can always save any of
the scraps and apply those later. Okay, well let’s take
a look at a finished piece. As you can see,
I’ve built this up layer after layer after layer, using most of the mediums
that you just saw me use. I’ve also defined a few areas
here with some stitching, and if we look
at the backside, I’ve coated the backside with
some tissue paper as well. It’s hiding the stitches
on the back side, and this makes it
a two-sided piece then. Now that it’s complete, let’s look at
some of the many ways that you can use this
fibre fusion paper. I could fold it to
make a book jacket or perhaps
a sketchbook cover. I could use it to
cover an existing book, as in the example
down here on the end. This piece has been folded
and assembled to make a box. You saw the embroidery
stitches that I put in here. Well you can also use it
directly in a sewing machine, so that you can design
clothing with it like this dolls dress,
or make a pillow out of it, maybe even
create a handbag. All of these materials
are described in detail at You can print out and follow
the instructions in a PDF lesson plan
if you’d like as well, and if you’re a teacher, we’ve listed
the national standards for visual arts education
just to help you along with your paperwork. Thank you for joining us. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast

1 thought on “Fiber Fusion – Lesson Plan”

  1. Brindabella0 says:

    a joy to watch you making this. Thank you.

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