Today we are sharing a guest post from Casey Nelson, an incredibly talented mixed media artist and blogger at Junquemail Contessa. In this tutorial, Casey shows how to create a boho wall hanging using Tattered Angels paints on simple textures like muslin and lace. She completely WOWED us with the paper beads she created using TA Seersucker paper and glaze. Here’s her story:
I started this wall hanging by spraying strips of muslin and small pieces of lace using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
While the fabric and lace were drying, I moved on to making the paper beads. I took a sheet of Tattered Angels Seersucker Mistable Pure Paper and cut it into 3/4 inch wide strips. Different colors of Glimmer Mist were painted on each strip using a paintbrush.
After cutting the strips down to 2 inch long pieces, each piece was wrapped around a skewer with the end of the paper glued to secure it in place. One 12 x 12 sheet of paper makes over 90 paper beads. Once all of the beads were made, I put them on skewers and added shine and stability to the beads by coating each with Tattered Angels Champagne Glimmer Glaze and let dry. I don’t have a bead drying rack, so I used 7Gypsies Gator Clips and made a DIY rack that worked perfectly. I repeated the glazing and drying 2 more times.
The Glimmer Glaze gave the paper beads a beautiful glass like appearance. I threaded them through muslin strips, made easier by wrapping a piece of Scotch Tape on the end of the fabric strip. Tapered to form a point, the tape acted as a needle.The lace, leftover paper beads and fabric beads made from scraps of muslin were sewn onto or strung from the fabric strips. The strands of paper beads, the embellished fabric strips and some sari silk yarn were glued to the inside of a wood pants hanger.
This project was a lot of fun to create. I named this Boho Hanging “The Fairy Godmother” because while I was in the process of making it, I found my godmother (who I had not seen since I was a baby) and she is an artisan jewelry designer. I told her she gave me the best godmother gift ever…the love of creativity. Peace, friends…I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. xoxo