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Dry Mounting Collage

February 22, 2009

I have purchased some heat bonding material commonly sold as “Wonder Under” and “Stitch Witchery” and plan to experiment using it to bond my collages to a backing to give them a border, as I’ve already been doing them with heavy acrylic gel. If it works, it will be much better than the current method because I expect that it won’t cause the backing to warp, as it does now to a certain extent.

The way I’ve been doing them is working fine, and the warping isn’t a huge problem. They can be flattened under a weighted board or piece of heavy Plexiglas for a couple of days. But I’m always looking for a better an easier way.

This material could also be used to adhere cutout shapes to the background in a collage, instead of using wet glue. Hmmmm. the wheels are turning.

ancient-sm“Feeling Ancient” – Collage
Image Size 5 x 7″, Paper Size 9 x 12″

dreams-sm“Dreams” – Collage
Image Size 5 x 7″, Paper Size 9 x 12″

do-the-mathsm1“Do the Math” – Collage
Image Size 5 x 7″, Paper Size 9 x 12″

9 Comments leave one →
  1. candiedfabrics permalink
    February 22, 2009 8:40 am

    Watch out – you’re edging closer to being an art quilter! 😉

    When I describe how I work to a non-quilter, I often say I’m collaging with fabric, scissors and an iron!

    I love the texture in the 3rd piece – plus the little red pomegranates!

  2. February 22, 2009 10:02 am

    Oh Candy — you are closer to correct than you know. I’ve been thinking about putting some stitching into them too! I love art quilting. Love it, love it, love it.

    In a collage workshop I attended about three years ago, our materials were snippets of paper and fabric. They were interchangeable and sometimes used in the same pieces.

    PS – I fixed your typo! 🙂

  3. candiedfabrics permalink
    February 22, 2009 11:22 am

    Well, I found you through Melody – so I assume you read her blog. Everything you’d ever need to know about art quilts is right there! She rocks!!! In fact, I’m starting to blog about my inspiration and I’m working on my 1st one right now – and it’s about her inspiration and influence on my dev’t as an art quilter. Come on in – the water’s fine!

  4. February 22, 2009 11:36 am

    Melody puts me to shame. She can shift gears from fabrics to painting on a dime! I love her work and it’s a constant inspiration to me as well.

    (If anyone else is curious, click on Melody Johnson in my blogroll.)

  5. February 22, 2009 8:52 pm

    Consider heavy Pellon as well. You can glue right to it.

    • February 23, 2009 12:43 pm

      Dina pellon is great for lots of things — even stencils and templates. But my goal is to adhere things to a background and figuring out easy ways to do it with heat (without buying a machine, which I know I could do.)

  6. February 23, 2009 6:39 am

    What a great idea, Martha. I hope you will let us know the results of your experiments. I can’t think of a downside to your idea.

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