You’ll Love This Telemedera Book If:
- You love creating art pieces that blend fabric and wood for fun collage results
- You love the look of Telemedera and you want to create your own unique pieces
- You want to learn more about artist Alma de la Melena Cox and her Telemedera style
Originally developed by Alma de la Melena Cox, Telemedera refers to the blending of fabric and wood in collage. With 20 great mixed media collage techniques and 10 start to finish Telemedera projects, Collage Fusion is great for any artist looking to bring this unique art form to life. With vibrant colors, interesting textures and surprising details, Telemedera is as beautiful as it is fun.
Learn new collage art techniques for using a variety of materials including stencils, dimensional paint, fabric, beads and personal items provide you with a finished piece that is inspirational and lively. Use wood-burning tools to add detail lines and other materials to create a variety of effects. With clear photos and welcoming fabric collage tutorials you’ll be able to recreate the effects seen in Collage Fusion in your own work.
In the Collage Fusion eBook You’ll Learn:
- Collage art techniques for adding Telemedera to your works
- Telemedera projects that include clear instruction & photos for great results from start to finish
- Tips for safely & successfully creating wood and fabric art pieces.
A Word From the Author:
"As the ideas for this book developed, I saw that each idea led to the next one; it was like opening a gift and finding another one inside. I am grateful for the opportunity to hand the box to you so that you may unwrap it and add to all the possibilities. I hope you have fun as we navigate the path together." — Alma de la Melena Cox
Check Out This Excerpt From Collage Fusion:
Telamadera Fusion brings fabric and wood together by fusing them. Although many projects were inspired by this technique, not all of them require fabric or wood. You’ll find projects on canvas, fabric and cardstock, and you can create with paper and paint if you prefer.
Wood My love of trees has required me to ask myself if creating art with wood is in the best interest of our planet. I think it is important to know our wood sources and to make sure it is not coming from precious, endangered rain forests. We should use sustainable and engineered wood products as much as we can and buy from suppliers that are committed to preserving this valuable resource.
It can be a little daunting to walk into a fabric store for the first time and face thousands of options. I have found that 100 percent cotton fabrics work best. Most metallic fabrics work, too, although they are delicate (we will get to that later). I love using metallic fabrics and I encourage you to venture to the section of the store that I call "the Junior Prom Shiny’s" to find the fabrics that are used for fancier dresses for weddings, proms, etc.
The smallest amount of fabric you can buy (have cut) is 1⁄8 yard (11cm). You may also buy fabric in increments of ¼, ½, 5⁄8 and ¾ of a yard (23, 46, 57 and 69cm) or entire yards. Many fabric stores sell fabric already cut into "fat quarters." This is fabric that is a quarter of a yard cut into a larger square shape instead of a long, skinny strip. You can ask a salesperson to cut a fat quarter for you, however you’ll pay slightly more if you take this route. The advantage to this cut is that you have a piece of fabric that is wider, which can be beneficial if you have a larger pattern that you want to use.
Steam-A-Steam 2 This is fusible webbing found online and in fabric stores. I have found that this particular double-sided fusible webbing fuses to wood very well. You’ll find it sold in small packages with sheets sized 8½" × 11" (22cm × 28cm). In some fabric stores you can find it in a large roll; bring the entire roll to a salesperson to have it cut for you. There are many fusible webbing products on the market today and many may work for this process, however, I have not tried anything
besides Steam-A-Seam 2 (SAS2).
Paints Acrylic-based paints work best for this type of artwork. Acrylic paint comes in a huge selection of colors, and with paint mixing, the color possibilities are truly endless.
Liquitex High Gloss Varnish The last step of the Telamadera Fusion process requires a lot of varnishing. I like the Liquitex High Gloss Varnish because it is made for fine art, is archival, does not yellow and has UV protection. It is self-leveling and polymer-based. Pour the varnish into a clean plastic container when varnishing a piece— the unused varnish can be poured back into the original bottle as long as it is clean.
Use an exterior water-based varnish for artwork you want to hang outside. Simply apply two final coats over the ten coats of Liquitex High Gloss Varnish.
Telamadera Fusion art can be as fun and artistic as you want it to be. This book features Additional Techniques (see pages 26–64) that expand the
Telamadera Fusion process to give your art extra depth, texture and beauty.
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