Thursday, March 5, 2009

Experimenting With the Heat Gun

Yesterday I decided to try a technique from the Fall 2003 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. This article was about using your heat gun to melt holes into stitched felt to create texture. I started with a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of brown felt and then stamped it just to create a pattern to sew over.
I then put piece of green silk on the back and free motion stitched a simple grid pattern and filled in the stamped images. The article said that when I burned the felt away the silk would show through.
I got out the heat gun and started to burn away some of the felt. One of the first things I did was burn a hole through all layers.....whoops too much heat! I played around with using more or less heat on the piece and was disappointed that my green silk did not show up very well even when it did show through. Guess I should have picked a color with more contrast. This is what it looked like after the burning. Pretty ugly.....

This is the this point I like it better than the front.

Not giving up on the front, I got out my Shiva paint sticks. I lightly rubbed the surface with metallic blue, gold and charcoal and then the edges with gold. I also played with heating the edges a bit more to get a more distorted look. Here's the finished piece. It really has a nice 3d quality.


Rice said...

Isn't it funny how sometimes the back does something totally unexpected and is really cool? Couldn't do it on purpose. : )

Vivien said...

This turned out great! I agree that the back looked better than the front at first, but now that you added the paintsticks I like the front just as much. Do you think you'll try to hang it from the top edge so you can see both sides?

Judy Alexander said...

Hummmmm..... hadn't thought of that.

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

It is interesting how different the front and back turned out. Gives you a choice.

All my friends are burning their fabric…I guess I need to pull out my heat gun and try it too. Looks like fun.