Mixed Media Garden Collage
- Canvas Corp Burlap Stretched Canvas, 18”x18”
- Canvas fabric, 1/4 yd. (cut in half, creating two pieces)
- Fabric scraps, various sizes
- Tea-dyed manila tags, 3” and 4”
- Script decorative paper, 12” sheet
- Walnut Hollow wooden letters
- Vintage buttons, eight
- Collage items: twigs, feather, paper flower
- Lace, scraps
- Ribbon, scrap
- Embroidery floss
- Cardboard, scrap
scissors, ruler, pencil, newspapers (to protect work surface), iron, paintbrush
- Sewing machine and cream thread
- Embroidery needle
- Caviling Papers & Co Birds & Nests Rubber Stamp Set
- Jacquard Products Dye-Na-Flow: Teal, Magenta, Brass
- Cream acrylic paint
- The Warm Company Steam-A-Seam fusible web, 1/2 yd.
- Aleene’s: Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Original Tacky Glue Stick
- 1. Drybrush cream paint randomly across burlap canvas. Let dry.
- 2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse two pieces of canvas together.
- 3. Print out pattern. Trace one large and two small tag shapes onto canvas. Cut on traced lines.
- 4. Paint canvas tags with diluted Dye-Na-Flow paint. Use one part paint to two parts water. Test paint on scrap fabric to ensure watercolor effect before painting tags. Let dry.
- 5. Machine zigzag stitch 1/4” from each edge on tags.
- 6. Trace and cut small tag shape from cardboard scrap. Drybrush cream acrylic on tag. Let dry.
- 7. Paint cardboard tag with Dye-Na-Flow as done in Step 4.
- 8. Paint manila tags with diluted Dye-Na-Flow. Let dry. Stamp tags with bird- and nature-themed stamps.
- 9. Drybrush acrylic on wooden letters. Let dry.
- 10. Wrap twig bundle with embroidery floss.
- 11. Cut tag shape from paper. Referring to photo, machine stitch paper tag and square to canvas tags.
- 12. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply fusible web to fabric pieces. Fuse fabric on burlap canvas.
- 13. Referring to photo, assemble collage pieces (buttons, ribbon, SEEDS, feather, lace, twigs, tags) on burlap canvas. Secure pieces with tacky glue and hand stitches.
- 1. Use tacky glue stick applied to center of fabric or paper (do not sew through) to hold in place before sewing.
- 2. Embroidery floss can be custom dyed with Dye-Na-Flow. Simply dilute paint, dip floss, and let dry.
by Rebekah Meier