Ever heard of paper cloth? How about fabric paper? I hadn’t either until I was browsing Pinterest one day and came across this interesting hybrid of mixed media. It is exactly as the name would suggest. It is a combination of paper and fabric bound together using a watery glue. It seemed like a fun thing to try. In case you want to follow along, here are the steps to get started.
Get freezer paper (or wax paper) to cover your work surface. (Freezer paper has one paper side and one shiny non-stick side. Wax paper is when both sides are shiny and non-stick.) The shiny side will prevent the fabric from sticking to the surface after glueing. Next, choose a fabric. A thin gauzy fabric like muslin is a great choice. (This can be called calico in countries outside the U.S.). Place your muslin piece of fabric on top of the shiny side of your paper.
Next gather some things that are near and dear to you to bind onto your fabric:
I think tissue paper works best but I wanted to really go for it with experimentation so I gathered dried flowers, paper with a watercolor design (I printed some of my watercolor flowers on standard printer paper), thread, and some white tissue paper.
I used watered down mod podge for the adhesive; one part water to one part glue. You want a fluid type consistency. I used a matte glue so that it would dry clear but mod podge has a variety that is glossy if you want a shiny finish.
The creation of this was so cathartic and in the end I love the piece because it is a true expression of me. I haven’t yet decided what I will do with it yet. I have a black and white picture that might just be the thing to add. Paper cloth is also great for book making and journal covers.