This Summer my Landscape Textile Art cards have been popular, especially on the cream card. These are available at my Etsy Shop Helen Moyes Designs
I have started to produce Card Kits so that others can get creative with (most) of the necessary materials to hand. These will be available in October.
I thought I would share with you here the process of making up the cards so that if, like me, you have lots of fabric scraps you could have a go yourself.
I love to produce sky effects with two of my favourite materials: tyvek and brusho paints.
Made from 100% polyethylene, Tyvek® can be used to create many unique surface effects. It shrinks and bubbles when heat is applied – which is another story I will save for another time. Tyvek produces interesting distressed/3D effects when used with a heat gun, can be moulded, overprinted and layered. I use different weights of Tyvek for different textile art. I cover the different uses in my popular Paint and Stitch workshop. Future workshops can be seen on my facebook page.
For the landscape sky, I like the stability of Tyvek Heavy Weight Paper
You may have a tyvek envelope that has been sent to you that you can open up and upcycle!
Brusho® is a non toxic, water-based paint medium. It’s super-highly-pigmented, unpredictable and it’s bags of fun to paint with and you only need a small amount as it goes a long way. I use it on paper, fabric as well as on tyvek. It works really well on watercolour paper. It is made in Sheffield by Colourcraft.
I wet the tyvek paper and then sparingly sprinkle on some brusho powders. You can use a brush to alter the spontaneous design.
When dry, cut the painted tyvek the right size for a third of the card design. The size will depend on the size card you use and how much of the card front you want to have as textile. The card border really adds to the finished design so don’t make your textile too big!
I use a piece of calico as the base for the land and attach this to the tyvek sky with a row of stitch.
Another textile art material I love to use are silk carrier rods. Again I buy local
Silk carrier rods are a by-product produced during the silk reeling proces, They come in lots of different colours, including varigated, which I also use in my art and workshops. They contain the natural gum which makes them quite rigid, but they can be split down into thinner layers which are more pliable. Put the piece of natural silk carrier rod into water to soak.
Layer different textile pieces to create a landscape.
Audition pieces until you are happy with the effect.
Choose appropriate threads. As a minimum use a green for the land and a whitish one for the sky. I love to use embroidery threads, especially varigated ones.
Sew along one of the layered fabric pieces, to join it to the calico base. I usually start at the horizon.
When you reach the side, turn around and come back, incorporating more pieces as you move down the picture.
You can stitch by hand or by machine.
Trim the sides You can use the off cut to add depth in the foreground as shown
Take the silk carrier rod from the water and gently tease it out to create wispy pieces that can be used for clouds.
I also use some sheep wool that I collect from barbed wire when out on walks. Arrange these and stitch down.
Add some details, such as trees, using small scraps of fabric and stitching. Variegated thread and different kinds of stitch can produce good details.
When your design is finished, apply double sided tape or glue to the back and attach to the front of the card. Don’t forget to initial your design!
I would really like to see your textile landscapes and to hear how you get on. Please comment below or email me.