Playing with paper #2

Only, I suppose this time it’s been more playing with fabric…

What a surprise. This is me, after all.

Onwards. I decided I’d use scraps in pink, green, lilac, teal, blue and yellow, so I went hunting small but gorgeous snippets in my scrap boxes of those colours. Be warned, if you ever make a bowl like this, those tiny scraps generate an enormous amount of ironing… But it’s worth it. I also got a sharp pair of scissors and trimmed the hairiest pieces because lots of fraying is not a pretty look. There’s still some but really, life is too short to snip every frayed thread. So, the prep took some time.

And then it was time to dive in and start glueing. You glue the fabric, not the bowl; the pieces overlap so each piece needs its own thin but even coat of glue or there would be flappy edges. I was on my feet for about 2 hours, but I was really enjoying myself and not noticing the passage of time.

There are still flappy edges I need to seal down and stray threads and frayed bits I need to take the embroidery scissors to, but I’m pretty pleased with the overall effect. The next stage is to gold leaf the inside, finish the top edge with leftover pink bias binding, and then seal the lot with a top coat. That’ll be #3, to follow. Here are 4 views of the bowl from different sides.

What do you think?  I’m pretty pleased with it 🙂

As a side note to the creative stuff, Mouse was sulking today. He has found and torn into many, many pieces the greaseproof paper in which I’d made my lunchtime toastie, on account of the bits of melted cheese still stuck to it…. He’d been to the vet’s this morning to have his ears cleaned and a mani-pedi, since I’m not up for holding onto a very strong, 35kg/77 pound, wriggling greyhound with big white teeth while I swab out ears and cut overgrown nails. The Husband would help… but he’s always conveniently at work when I want to do it. Anyway, at the vets they take no nonsense and Mouse behaves very well once backed into a corner. We rewarded him for good behaviour with a nice lactose-free puppacino at his favourite café (which he adores) and beef & tomato doggy snacks afterwards, but clearly we/I in particular had not been forgiven.

I’ve cleared away all the sticky mess and washed my brush. Time for a cuppa and possibly a bickie.

59 thoughts on “Playing with paper #2

  1. I was just reading part 1! What a clever creation and a great way to use scrap fabric. Sounds like Mouse figured it out so he was assured of special treats.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do love a project that produces spectacular results with nothing very much and hardly any effort! Poor old Mouse is paying for it now: we’re having a thunderstorm and he’s in a big panic.

  2. Mouse …. stop being naughty for mummy … that’s done ✅
    Now to your bowl …. I LOVE IT … 💝
    There is no end to your talent and creativity my friend & the many uses you seem to get out of pieces of material never cease to amaze me ! Will this be gracing the table in your camper ?? Then I can see it first hand 🤩

  3. Looks gorgeous – can’t wait to see the finished object.

    • katechiconi says:

      I haven’t been able to locate my sealer yet, so finishing the outside may take a little bit longer. I’ve found my gold, silver and copper leaf supplies, but the bole and size are a bit dried out. Wonder if I could improvise with the school glue instead of size and gouache instead of bole… hmmm.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Now that’s what I call Scrap Happy- finished bowl for Saturday maybe? It’s lovely. My favourite bit is the butterfly. Poor Mouse, nasty vet, meanie Mummy.

  5. tialys says:

    This is a very ‘you’ bowl and very reminiscent of Kaffe Fassett which, again, is very ‘you’.
    Are you going to gold leaf the entire inside space – how luxe!

    • katechiconi says:

      Lots of nice strong colours, then! I actually have more copper leaf than gold or silver, enough for the whole expanse, so I’ll probably use copper instead of gold. (It’s Dutch gold anyway, not the real thing).

  6. Genuis!!! I absolutely love it. So much so that I may have to steal the idea and adapt it for something a bit smaller than has been occupying my mind lately. A bit too late for the next ScrapHappy but maybe March…<3

    • katechiconi says:

      Do! I’ll be interested to see what your slightly smaller something might be. One hint that might be helpful: if you’re going to cover it with fabric, the thinner and more open-weave the better for a wrinkle-free finish. Failing that, keep your pieces small and ideally with a bit of bias so you can stretch it a little.

      • I couldn’t wait – I’ve already done the first gluey layer using a porcelain jar as a mould, it’s drying in the sun now. In this weather, it should be ready for the second coat in about ten minutes…
        You always inspire me.

      • katechiconi says:

        Yes, in a hot climate it can go a lot faster, especially if you use thin strips instead of pulp. I do want to try some moulded pulp items too, at some stage. Let us see where you’ve got to on ScrapHappy Day – WIPs are good too, it doesn’t have to be finished.

  7. That is gorgeous! And a note from Roo and Orchid to Mouse – We often raid the compost bin for tasty morsels that would otherwise go to waste. We don’t quite understand why humans don’t lick wrappers and papers really clean. And after all that mauling by the vet you deserve loads and loads and loads of treats – far more than they ever give you.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! Glad you like it. Mouse says: I didn’t think a puppacino and 5 or 6 treats was enough either. I must admit, my feet are more comfy now and my ears don’t have brown sticky stuff any more, but it’s the humiliation, the stress, the sheer indignity… I had to let Mum know I wasn’t happy, so I flung the paper about when I’d chewed out the cheesy bits!

  8. mlmcspadden says:

    The bowl is looking wonderful!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! I was careful making it, and it has turned out far better than I expected – I think the memory of all that lumpy school-age output was haunting me. These days, I’m a lot more meticulous and prepared to invest time in getting it looking good 😉

  9. Excellent result…I’m wondering if the paper ‘foundation’ helped aid in the fabric adherence to the structure itself?

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m not sure… What I did discover over the course of the process was that fabric cut across the grain stuck down much more smoothly and without wrinkles, although it was much harder to apply the glue cleanly. A smaller bowl would, I think, have been harder to work on, too, since the curves would have been more abrupt. Next time, I might make the bowl even larger!

  10. Fab. Have you considered using hair straighteners instead of an iron for scraps ? I came across someone who preferred to use them when making her bias binding.

    • katechiconi says:

      I have a craft mini-iron, specially designed for small stuff, which might have made some of the tiny pieces easier, but it was really the sheer volume of scraps… far too many, as it turned out; I have enough for three such bowls prepared! I can see why straightening irons would be speedy, but I’m fairly practiced now, having made many miles of binding for all my quilts! Thank you so much for the suggestion, though, maybe it’ll be someone’s lightbulb moment!

  11. claire93 says:

    I agree with Lynn, very Kaffe Fassetty

  12. I haven’t seen these done with fabric. Far more vivid than covering the outside with paper collage. Very clever!

    • katechiconi says:

      One advantage of the fabric is that the colour and patterns help to hide imperfections in the surface. I do love to play with colour, and this is a perfect opportunity, as well as using up scraps!

  13. Sharon says:

    Gosh this bowl is fabulous!!!!! PS I let the groomer do our 15yr old 25lb schnauzers mani-pedi …isn’t it interesting on how ‘they’ can fight us and then be their good boy self with others 🙂 They sure have us figured out!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, glad you like it! Mouse doesn’t have a groomer, as he doesn’t need bathing, clipping, stripping or any of the things dogs with longer, thicker coats require. The vet will do a number of nail clips for free, and once we’ve got his nails back to a shorter length I’m planning to try the Dremel Pet Nail Groomer, which grinds nails down gradually, for maintenance. Secretly, I do sympathise with his need to make his feelings known…. 😉

  14. Dayphoto says:

    I think it’s neat you have cafes that let pets come and have snacks. We don’t have anything like that here.

  15. I too think this is a very you and Kaffe Fassett combo (Kate and Kaffe) 🙂 I love that you will be able to turn the bowl and admire a whole new view every which way. I’d love to make something like this too – this is so inspiring!!

    As a finishing layer/s you could use Mod Podge or any of the multi medium glues your local craft or art shop has on the shelves. (If you use Mod Podge be sure to leave a good 24 hours between coats just because if its not properly dried it tends to get sticky.)

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d planned to use the Mod Podge I have in a box *somewhere*… If I can’t find it, I’ll be getting some more, or something very similar because this won’t be the last one I make! I’ll probably also use the school glue instead of size for the gilding inside if I can’t revive the rather dried up sachet of size I found with the gold leaf – online research shows it’s possible so long as you work quickly and apply the leaf at the right moment of tackiness.

  16. cedar51 says:

    now that has moved onto a magnificent and awesome bowl…and used up some scraps. Though probably still enough scraps left for a family of bowls 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh man, I have enough scraps to make bowls to feed the five thousand. I’ve actually prepared enough scraps to make another two bowls the same size. I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out. Now, I just have to *finish* it!

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Very artistic bowl !

  18. magpiesue says:

    That is already a Chiconi Bowl. I’d have pegged you as the maker in a heartbeat!

  19. Steph says:

    Sorry – I read through the comments properly and saw you are planning to use Modge Podge as the top coat

    Look forward to seeing the finished product!

  20. Ok, I obviously have some catching up to do. Mouse will probably have forgiven you by the next day when he forgets that he can manipulate you with those sad Mouse eyes. 😉 I love the bowl. Now I’ll look back to find out how it was done. Where the heck have I been?

  21. rutigt says:

    Beautiful! Sulking dogs….well, our Grey Hound also was like that. One day we forgot to buy him his doggy sticks, when we went shopping. We stopped at another shop and bought some for him, but no……. He didn´t eat them 🙂

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