Tuesday Tutorial | Watercolor Muslin with Distress Inks | Art Banner

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Happy Tuesday!  I am so excited about today’s tutorial because it incorporates fabric along with inks and stamps in a major way!  I wanted to start a new series of projects for a while now that would include fabric as the canvas for inking and stamping.  I finally decided that I wanted to make little art banners that I could link together and hang in my studio.  I think it will be fun to experiment more with working on fabric and something larger than a tag.

For my first banner, I wanted to begin by creating a unique watercolor like background using the new sets of Distress Ink Minis.  (Don’t forget to enter my give away for sets 7, 8, and 9!)  Back in August of 2011 I shared a tutorial for dying muslin using Distress Stains.  This technique is very similar but a little less messy, quicker, and a little more controlled.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Begin with a piece of natural or white muslin.  Use the Distress Ink Mini ink pad to make a swipe of color directly on the fabric.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Continue adding swipes of color with different colors of ink pads.  (Shown- Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, and Crushed Olive.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

You can use the corners and edges of the ink pad to add thinner accents.  On my fabric, I used the Frayed Burlap pad to add thin strips randomly in between some of the wider stripes.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

I also added some thin horizontal lines to create a cross hatch type pattern.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Mist the fabric with water to create blending of the colors and to allow the colors to soak into the fibers of the fabric.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Blot the fabric well with a dry cloth.  Use a heat tool to dry the fabric or air dry.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

The dried fabric will have a batik or watercolor like look.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

And check out the backside!  Adding water allows the color to bleed through to the back of the fabric.  Often times, the back side is my favorite because it is so soft and muted – perfect for a background!

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

You can also use this technique to create focal items for your project like the bird in this project that uses one of the birds from the Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set.  Cut a piece of muslin slightly larger than the stamp.  Apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Mini pad to scribble some color onto the muslin.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Add Wild Honey Distress Ink in the area that the bird’s belly will be.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Mist with water to blend the colors.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Blot the fabric with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Stamp the bird onto the dyed fabric using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Use the corners and edges of the Distress Ink Mini pads to add more detail and bolder splashes of color.  (Shown- Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold, and Stormy Sky.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Mist again to blend the detail colors.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

You can also add detail color by scribbling the ink pad onto a craft sheet and applying the color with a waterbrush.  After adding the ink and blending, dry the muslin with a heat tool.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Cut a piece of Phoomph slightly larger than the stamped image.  Peel one of the backings off.  Apply the Phoomph to the backside of the stamped fabric.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Cut out the stamped bird.  (I added a space around mine because I originally planned to sew the bird to the banner and wanted space to sew it outside of the design.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Peel the second backing off of the Phoomph on the back of the stamped bird.  Adhere the bird to a piece of cotton batting.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Trim around the bird so that the batting shows beyond the edge of the bird.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Cut a piece of Phoomph slightly larger than the banner.  Peel one of the backings off of the Phoomph and adhere it to the back side of your fabric.  (I used the back side of the fabric as my front, so I adhered the Phoomph to the “real” front of the fabric.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Use the banner template to trace the banner shape onto the fabric.  Cut out the banner.  Use an ink blending tool to apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges of the banner.

Tammy Tutterow Art Banner Template

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Stamp additional images as desired on the banner. (Shown- Stampers Classics #6 Border using Jet Black Archival Ink.)  The Phoomph adds nice stability to the fabric for stamping.  Since it is puffy, you would expect it to distort the image but it does not.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Continue to add more images as desired.  (Shown- greenery from Tim Holtz Nature’s Moments stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Peel the remaining backing away from the Phoomph.  Place the banner on a piece of cotton batting.  Trim around the edge of the banner with pinking shears.  Add ribbon or other trims.  Sew around the outer edge of the assembled banner.  (The ribbon above is sewed to the banner along the top edge but hangs free below.  It is glued down through the center of the banner so that it doesn’t pucker embellishments are placed over it.)

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Stamp a sentiment on Sticky Back Canvas using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Tear or cut the sentiment out.  Fray the edges and brush with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Place the sentiment on the banner.  Sew around the edges of the sentiment.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Add a strip of Tissue Tape down the center of the ribbon.  Adhere a twig over the ribbon to create a perch for the fabric bird.  Adhere the bird to the front of the banner so that it is perched on the branch.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Swipe Wild Honey Distress Ink over a scrap of Tissue Wrap.  Mist the Tissue Wrap with water to create spots and color variations in the ink.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Blot the excess water from the Tissue Wrap and dry with a heat tool.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Die cut several small flowers from the Tissue Wrap using the Tim Holtz Floral Garland die.  Create flower buds with the larger flowers by folding or smashing them into a cone shape.  (The center of the flower is the narrow point of the cone.)  Place adhesive on the tip of the cone and tuck under the edge of the branch.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Layer smaller flowers together on a brad.  Add adhesive to the prongs of the brad.  Use the prongs of the brad like a stem to tuck under the branch.  Crinkle and wrinkle the petals of the flower so that they cover the brad center.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

In addition to embellishing the branch with flowers, you can also add metal leaves from the Tim Holtz Foliage set.  Use embossing powders to add color to the leaves as shown in the Enameled Idea-ology Tutorial.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

There are many ways to hang your finished art banner.  I decided for mine to add fabric grommets to the top corners.  It will make it easy to string banners together and to hang them.

Fabric grommets are easy to install.  They are easy to find in the notions section of fabric and craft stores.  Grommets come in two pieces, the round piece with a tall tube and a thin ring.  You will also need a grommet setting tool which has two parts, the base and a metal bit that you strike with a hammer.

  1. Place a hole in the banner where desired.  I used my Crop-a-dile tool.
  2. Place the tall grommet piece so that the tube goes through the hole in the front and out the back side of the banner.
  3. Turn the banner over.
  4. Place the thin ring over the tube of the tall piece.
  5. Place the base of the setting tool on a sturdy surface.  Place the banner with the two grommet pieces on top of the setting base.  The ring from the front of the grommet on the front of the banner will sit down into the ring on the setting base.
  6. Hold the metal bit by the “stem”.
  7. Place the metal bit over the assembled grommet that is setting in the base.  The raised part on the head of the setting bit should sit down in the center of the tube of the tall grommet piece that is poking through the back of the banner.
  8. Strike the tip of the metal bit with a hammer two or three times.  The force will split the tall tube and flatten down over the top of the thin ring.

It is really easy!  The nice thing about fabric grommets is that they are very secure when set and should not fall out.  They also give a nice finished look to both sides of your finished piece.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

How pretty is this fabric?  I love the way it turned out!  It was so easy and quick to create and was truly the perfect background for my little birdie.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

You have to love when you can find free embellishments in your back yard!  The small twig was on my plum tree with no leaves on it.  It was ready for a new start as a piece of art!

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

I shared before that this roll of Tissue Tape is my favorite because of the 108, my old badge number from my 911 dispatcher days.  I love when I use the tape and the 108 ends up in the perfect spot.  On this project it was like a perfect little signature.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

Adding color to the Tissue Wrap before die cutting makes coloring small die cuts so much easier and way less messy.

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

I love the magic in the way the ink wicks on wet fabric.  Could it have turned out any more perfect on this little birdie?

Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

I really love when you finish a project and find yourself smiling because what you created is just so happy.  That is how I feel about this banner.  I just simply makes me happy!  I think it is a great start for my new Art Banner project.  I can’t wait to add more!

Don’t forget, you can download the pattern for the banner: Tammy Tutterow Art Banner Template and you can also enter my giveaway to win the new Distress Ink Mini sets 7,8, and 9 which I happened to use in this tutorial!

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Tammy Tutterow | Singing Bird Art Banner Tutorial

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Comments

  1. Cim Allen says

    That is soooo cute, I love that scribbly bird stamp. Awesome idea to use the ink on the fabric, I love the look of watercolor !

  2. marci piraro says

    So cute! Love the ink on fabric technique. I always learn things here. I have a question, if you have time. At a local chain store, the extended crease pad package shows OK to use with big shot but doesn’t show the vagabond. I don’t want to risk my beloved vagabond. Is it OK to use the extended crease pad with vagabond?

  3. says

    I don’t usually work with fabric, but this is very tempting. I see how these techniques would work nicely on paper too. It is a very happy little banner.

Thank you for sharing your questions or comments!