On the weekend I did some embossing on foam. I knew that you could heat foam up and then impress something for a stamp, but I hadn't thought of using that texture in a mixed media piece, until I happened to read it in several places. I also knew that certain foams could be used as padding in embroideries and I thought, what if?
I had lots of foam scraps I got from a recycling depot and hadn't worked out what to do whith them other than make stamps, but for this experiment, I actually used stamps to make textures.
I forgot to take pictures of the process, but basically, I ironed the foam very briefly between baking paper sheets. When you peel the paper off after ironing, the foam tended to roll up, but I quickly flattened it out with the stamp and pressed HARD.
After I had made quite a few of these with lots of different textures and impressions, I had a bit of fun with some paint.
Because the foam was so thin (less than 1/4 in or 2-3mm), I wanted to sew on it. It sewed extremely well.
The background for this journal quilt was made from scraps left over from a textile collage, which you will be able to see in a week or two as a video. The strips are simply laid down, not glued pr pieced. The landscape is a piece of foam impressed with a landscape stamp. I painted the landscape in appropriate colours, then painted over with iridescent medium (a medium with mica in it). I stitched it down free motion using a gold thread in all the stamp grooves and around the edge. I did some scribbly circles around the landscape as a frame and stitched the background with vertical lines.
I made another one or two journal quilts, but put then in my sewing box for me to add some embellishment to - so no pictures :-(
Have fun creating!