Friday, February 17, 2017

Fabric Books

This one hour and 38 minute video by Traci Bautista was live filmed during a day long workshop at the Art & Soul Retreat in California.  I was able to borrow the DVD through my local library program.
In this, Traci shows the step by step methods for creating mixed media books/journals with pages made from a variety of fabric and papers (paper towel, newsprint, etc.). She decorates and dyes her pages and book covers using paint, inks, markers, colored pencils, stencils, stamps (some artist created from cardboard), iron on transfers (Print n Press), doodling, collage, and stitching. Traci uses water media in coloring her pages.  She suggests that artists check out the kids' art supply section at the big box stores, because of the variety of fun materials available at reasonable cost.  
Traci follows the process of her bookmaking from creating the pages, making signatures (groups of pages), adding the covers and creating a latch hooked spine to the assembling of the final (very "funky") book.  The video is easy to follow and the directions so complete that anyone could make one of her "Retro Rags".
I was thinking this would be a great support to hold a theme based series of drawings or paintings. many ideas....

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