Happy Tuesday friends! I am so happy to have a new art banner tutorial to share with you today! I love this art banner so much! Not just because I think it is gorgeous, but also because I created the fabric background myself. I created it with plain white muslin, Distress Stain, and a layering stencil. It was super easy too!
Begin with a piece of plain white muslin that is misted well with water. I like to use a piece larger than my project. I think it is just as time efficient to make a large piece as it is for a small piece. Plus, I will have a ready-made piece of dyed muslin for future projects when I may not have as much time to create a dyed piece of fabric. Also, by making a larger piece of dyed fabric, it gives you a larger area to select just the right spot for your banner.
Mist the wet fabric with assorted colors of Distress Stain placed in mister bottles. The color will wick out and blend on the wet fabric. You can even mist Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the fabric. If you hold the bottle close to the fabric you will get splats and drops. If you hold the bottle farther out you will get a finer mist. You can mist extra water onto the fabric if more blending is needed.
Wring the excess moisture out with a dry cloth.
Spread the fabric out and dry with a heat tool. The finished dried color will be much lighter than when wet.
Trace the art banner pattern onto the fabric.
Cut the banner out. Adhere the fabric banner to a piece of Phoomph. Trim the Phoomph to match the edges of the fabric banner. (I discovered I was out of full pieces of Phoomph and only had smaller pieces left while making this banner. Instead of waiting until I could make a run to the fabric store, I decided to piece the Phoomph I had onto the back of the fabric banner. It worked fine. You can’t even tell in the finished banner!)
Remove the backing off of the fabric/Phoomph banner. Adhere the banner onto a piece of cotton batting. Use pinking shears to trim around the edge of the banner.
Brush the edges of the banner with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Place the Latticework Layering Stencil over the banner lining up the side and top edge of the banner with the side and top edge of the design on the stencil. Use the fine tip of a Walnut Stain or Vintage Photo Distress Ink Marker to trace along the inside edge of the stencil design.
After tracing most of the design along the right edge, move the stencil over matching up the design. Trace the design randomly as you move along to the left.
From the left to the center, I only traced the pattern randomly. It kind of reminds me of the game Tetris, in the way it gets more solid along the bottom.
Place the stencil over the banner matching the pattern with the traced design. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink through the stencil.
Continue to add ink randomly through the stencil around the edges. Include areas where you didn’t trace for a really cool look.
If desired, you can add punches of color by placing the stencil on the banner, matching the pattern with the traced design, and applying colored ink with an ink blending tool.
Machine stitch around the edge of the banner. Brush the thread lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Die cut a tree branch from the Bird Branch die using brown wool felt. Adhere the branch to the banner.
Die cut two medium leaves from green wool felt using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die. Die cut one large and two medium round flowers from white or cream wool felt using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die. Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the tips of the leaves and outer edges of the flowers.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink to the center of the flowers.
Stack the flowers together. Use a needle and thread to sew the layers together.
Fold a simple tuck at the base of each leaf. Use a needle and thread to secure the fold.
Stitch the flower and leaves to the banner using a needle and thread.
Adhere a Gumball embellishment to the center of the flower.
Use an ink blending tool to apply color to the large butterfly from the Thrift Shop Ephemera pack. I used the ink already in my orange ink blending foam. Add Vintage Photo to the edges.
Color the backside of the large butterfly with Distress Ink Markers. Use your finger to blend the wet marker ink.
Adhere the vellum butterfly to the top of the paper butterfly by adhering the bodies together. Bend the wings of both layers up.
Adhere the butterfly to the banner with a strip of adhesive foam.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the ruler, definition, ticket, and price ephemera pieces.
Wrap the ruler ephemera piece across the front of the banner. Wrap the extra to the back. Add a Tiny Attacher staple along each edge to hold the ruler in place.
Slip the definition under the ruler. If the piece is too wide, curl the top right corner down. The curled edge will do double duty by helping the piece fit and lifting the flower up off of the banner.
Adhere the ticket over the top of the ruler and definition slightly under the flower.
Adhere the price tag ephemera piece over the ticket and ruler.
Cut two pieces of Ruler Ribbon to 1 1/2″ish. Use an ink blending tool to add Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the ribbon. Staple the two pieces together.
Adhere the Ruler Ribbon to the banner under the edge of the flower.
Whenever I use Crinkle Ribbon on a project, I save all the scraps no matter the size. You just never know when a small scrap of ribbon can be a perfect addition. For this project I used a piece of scrap ribbon that was about 3″ long. Fold the ribbon in half and into a point. Add a Tiny Attacher staple to the fold of the ribbon.
Adhere the ribbon under the flower on top of the Ruler Ribbon.
Add grommets to the top corners to the banner.
Add Remnant Rubs along the upper right edge for a sentiment.
After assembling, add a few curls and tears to the ephemera pieces to give them extra dimension. Be sure to brush the curls and tears with an ink blending tool to cover the bright white edges.
I am so in love with this background fabric! I think it is striking and subtle at the same time and sooo easy to create! Best of all, it is totally unique. It makes this piece of art like no other!
This butterfly could not be easier to create and adds such a wow touch! It is so dimensional!
I love these Gumballs! They look like a pile of microbeads without all the mess. They glisten in the light. And if you want to add color to them, a few drops of alcohol ink dripped right onto the surface does the trick.
I love all the different textures and dimension in this banner. The finished piece is so vintage and shabby and botanical. It simply makes me happy!
I can’t wait to join this banner with the others. I have three now and that is finally enough I think to string them together and hang them up in my studio! It is going to be so fun to see them hanging up!
Have you used my pattern and made an art banner? I would love to see it if you have! Share a link in the comments and let me know!
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