Bev also shared with us some of her beautiful hand made books. Very inspiring.
Firstly, place plastic on a flat surface. Mix up PVA and water (approximately 50/50) to produce a creamy consistency and apply to the plastic.
Spread muslin or any thinnish cloth onto the plastic and apply another coat of the glue mixture.
Scrunch up tissue paper and carefully flatten again, lay it out on the top of the fabric, gently pushing it onto the fabric.
Apply more glue mixture taking care not to tear the paper.
Colour the paper with dyes and or acrylic inks. I used a combination of dye and ink but mostly ink. We used fan shaped brushes to make patterns. Care must be taken not to tear the tissue paper.
I overworked some of mine and the paper tore a little.
Bev advised that when they were dry we needed to board them a little and then iron them. I have not yet done that.
I had wanted to create something cheerful and bright. My initial reaction to my paper was that it was too bright and rather garish. In attempting to make it more subdued I risked making holes in my book cloth so I left it.
When it dried the colours were lovely and more muted - exactly what I wanted. That is something to remember.
Thanks again Bev.