“Mixed Media Cottages”
created by Sophia Vida
I read an article in the May/June 2014 Somerset Studio Magazine by a very talented artist Jennifer Bomgardener. You can find more information on Jennifer and her work here at http://thepaintedflower-jennifer.blogspot.com/.
In the article Jennifer gave instructions for creating beautiful, quaint little cottages using paint, paper and recycled cardboard from the backs of used art pads. They really caught my eye and I just had to give it a try. But I wanted to put my own creative touch on it so I thought I would use fabric instead of paper.
I found quite a few flower patterns that I really liked. It was a hard narrowing it down, but I love how they turned out. Not to mention they were fairly easy and loads of fun to create. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did.
For this project you will need:
– Foam poster board
– Exacto knife
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue
– 4″ squares of assorted fabric
– EZ-Steam II Fusible Web
– Coordinating Cardstock
– Black Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Marker
– Assorted Gelly Roll Pens
– Stickles – Stardust
– Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– Ribbon and assorted embellishments
– Head pins
– Round Needle Nose Pliers
– Coordinating paint that matches fabric
– 1/4″ Straight brush and a fan brush
– Sand Paper
- Draw a 4″ square on scrap cardstock. For the roof, go up 2″ from the center and add a triangle to your square. This will be your template for the cottages.
- Using your template, trace your cottage on to your foam board and cut it out using the Exacto Knife. Sand the edges as needed.
- Paint the front of your roof with a coat of Gesso (it doesn’t have to be neat). You can also add a coat of Gesso to the edges of the foam board to seal it. Let dry.
- Paint your roof with a bold coordinating base color. Add highlights using the fan brush. Let dry. Again, this doesn’t need to be neat since you will be covering the edges in the next few steps.
- Follow the manufacturer instructions and adhere your 4″ square of fabric to the fusible web. Cut out your square and adhere to your cottage.
- Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon and adhere to the top edge of the fabric.
- Using a border punch, make a trim for your roof. Adhere to cottage.
- Adhere any embellishments to the bottom of your ribbon as well as on the top of your roof.
- Using the coordinating cardstock, draw a door, window and sign using your sharpie marker and Jelly Roll pens. Cut out and adhere to your cottage.
- Distress the fabric around the window, door and sign with Tea Dye ink. You can also distress the sides of the cottage and roof as well.
- Using a paper piercer, skewer or anything else you have, make a small hole in the bottom of your cottage. Use the head pins to string your pearls through the holes and clamp it off in the back.
- Cut a 6″ piece of ribbon and glue a loop to the back of your cottage for hanging and Voila! You have a beautiful one of a kind little cottage!