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Structured Collage Part 2: Two Layers

Part 1 of this series covered the basic technique, supplies required and ideas for several single layer designs, using squares and StarBuilder stamps.  Part 2 continues with two layers and introduces triangles.  For a refresher, Review Part 1 here. See all my stamp designs here.

Samplers are a great way to play with color, using only two shapes.

Layer 1   Fuse 2.5” painted squares to a base fabric, with about 1/4” spacing between squares. Stamp:  Spirals
Layer 1: Fuse 2.5” painted squares to a base fabric, with about 1/4” spacing between squares.
Stamp: Spirals
Layer 2: Add 1-3/4” squares, centered over the first layer, and fuse.
Stamp: Centerpoint

Triangles add detail

Cut one layered square into four triangles.  Don’t remove paper until ready to fuse. Experiment with different arrangements as shown below.  Fuse to base fabric when satisfied with your design.

Center 1 3/4” square on a base fabric. Add triangles.
Center 1 3/4” square on a base fabric. Add triangles.
For a different look, remove the center square to expose background fabric.
For a different look, remove the center square to expose background fabric.
Place  center square on point; layering the corners on top of the triangles.
Place center square on point; layering the corners on top of the triangles.

 

Two layer stars

Stars require multiples of similar shapes. Let’s start with the kite and arrowhead shapes from the StarBuilder set of 4.

Step 1 – Paint four kite shapes from the StarBuilder stamp set, back with fusible web, and cut along the edge.

Step 2 – Select a fabric base (approx. 12″ square), mark the center and position the kite shapes as shown.

Step 3 – add additional shapes for different designs.   There are many more possibilities to discover by rearranging the shapes, changing colors, and adding more shapes. 

Add four arrowheads

Add four kites in contrasting color

Rotate contrasting color kites

Stay Tuned

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAComing soon…… Structured Collaging Part 3 introduces a third layer, and designs grow more complex.