Sunday, 17 November 2013

Fabric paper lamination

Last week Ruth Lane blogged about her experiences of experimenting with paper lamination, it was so inspirational I immediately bought a tub of gel medium, I couldn't wait to try it!

The medium arrived yesterday, so I have been busily following Ruth's instructions, this is how I got on...
I experimented with 4 different papers and using some stencils I had to hand, painting the medium on with a stiff paint brush.

Glitter paper:

Metallic green paper:

Red card:

Handmade paper with tea leaves (this is after soaking as you could not see the stencilling in the photo taken before):

These are the results after soaking and removing the excess paper...
The glitter paper

 The metallic paper, this stencil kept moving so it is not very well defined and looks rather scruffy:

I think the ladybugs on the red card have worked the best of all the stencils, perhaps the others are bit too detailed and the detail was lost (mostly due to my ineptitude with using stencils).

I also had a go at nuno felting a couple of them, I love how the glitter paper has turned out, the organza has ruffled beautifully and both the organza and the glitter catch the light in different ways, I'm afraid my photos don't do the glitter paper justice, but it really is very shimmery. I will definitely do this again.

The nuno felted lady bugs are pretty cool too and offered some additional learnings:

  • I half expected this to happen, but where there are large areas of the gel medium (the heads) the felt has not attached so well.
  • I'm not sure why but the paper has almost completely rubbed off the one on the right, leaving just the gel medium (which also looks nice) the other 2 are fine. I expect this may be avoided by felting with the organza side facing away from the felt so the paper remains protected. 

 Have you tried this technique? How did you get on?


  1. Wow - I think your ladybugs turned out great. The glitter paper is a good idea but it's hard to tell from your photo that it glitters. This does work best with a stencil that doesn't have many details as you found out. I don't think it had anything to do with your technique. Thanks for posting.

  2. Thank you, the 6th picture down gives a better idea of the level of glitter and it was just as glittery after felting. For me, that piece was a definite success.