I love using my scraps of fabric to make little cards and works of art to give as gifts. I’ve been an avid fuser for a long time, thanks to Laura Wasilowski for giving me permission to fuse! As I was adding the interview with Cas Holmes on the site, I was enamored with her work – I needed to learn more. Off to Amazon to buy three of her books. She uses diluted wallpaper paste to work on her collages. Needing to learn more, I started playing. Here is how to make a raw edge appliqué collage with wallpaper paste.
The consistency of the diluted wallpaper paste is important. Too thick, and it bulks up when it dries, too thin and if you have a lot of layers, the pieces might come loose while you manipulate them. Then, there is just right. It didn’t take me long to get that right consistency. Watch the video below and you can see the viscosity that works well for me. My ratio is about 2 parts water and 1 part wallpaper paste.
Can you use wallpaper paste to collage?
Yes! Diluted wallpaper paste is an economical way to do collage with paper or textiles. Some people dilute clear drying glue, but with wallpaper paste it is easy to peel off textiles that might not be working and adjust your collage piece – even when it is dry.
This is a great technique for raw edge appliqué project with textiles. The paste gives the fabric a bit of stability and the edges of the fabric are less likely to begin to ravel.
Once you try this technique, you will use it in other forms of your textile and fiber arts. It’s fun and easy! It’s great for laying out elements for raw edge machine appliqué on clothes, home dec items as well as fiber and textile art pieces.
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