I followed Cas Holmes' advice in her book, The Found Object in Textile Art, and scraped away some of the paper layers with a blade to reveal the ones underneath.
I bonded it to some calico, on top of which I had bonded a square of green sheeting, a square of patterned furnishing fabric and a strip of shot satin.
I am pleased with this as it gives an effect that would be difficult to achieve any other way - I was also lucky that I had stitched over layers of paper, rather than fabric or a mixture. I know that I could cut the fabric away, in the style of reverse applique, but it would have been too fiddly to get into the pointed ends of the leaves cleanly.
The other elements I added were:
- a leaf printed onto Bondaweb, with a piece of organza bonded over the top and then free-machined with a black and white variegated thread.
- another version of the branch drawn on the front in gel pen and then a piece of organza bonded over the top part. Note the black around the corner where the iron went over the old till receipt - I wasn't expecting that and it will be interesting to see if it stays or fades.
- I coloured in some of the flowers in the illustration with ink pencils and added pieces of organza.
- I stitched some smocking stitch over a square of orange chiffon to echo my earlier 'wasteland daisies' piece
- I cut some strips off my green serviette stitched in a random grid and partly washed away and noticed to my delight that they looked like ferns so I pasted these down with wallpaper paste. (They would also make good seaweed in a marine type piece!)
- Finally I pasted down some threads of rayon frayed from the edge of some shiny furnishing fabric
Final tip - you can keep made up wallpaper paste for months in a well sealed ice cream container - a tip learned from my Mom, who was a primary school teacher and had a tub of paste made up under the kitchen sink for most of my childhood, which she used to mount her kids' artwork into brilliant displays!