Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fun with a Glue Gun

Reading this post by Terri Stegmiller this weekend, had me searching for my ancient glue gun. When I saw what she was doing, I immediately told her that I was SO going to have to give it a go.
What the heck am I rambling about? well, follow along and you will see..... I am betting that you too, will soon be playing with your glue guns.
All I needed was a glue gun, hot melt sticks and some baking parchment

this gun is quite old and doesn't really work very well. I had to really SQUEEZE hard to get the glue to flow but I was determined to play.

I taped my parchment paper down to my cement floor......used the flowing glue to draw spirals....as soon as it cools... in just minutes, you can peel the whole thing off the paper and get to the playing part....(instant gratification!)
I laid my newly created stencil onto some plain white fabric


I did not have any "spray-able" paints so I had a good (well turns out not so good) idea to create some by adding paint to water in a spray bottle...it was actually too thin but I carried on


decided to mix up some paint a little thicker and dab areas using some nice sea sponges


 Because it started out a little wet, the result is subtle.... but actually....really kinda cool


but wait!!...there is more....you could ALSO use this as a big  rubber stamp...OR.... how about what I did next.

I placed my glue spirals onto a piece of (I dunno) the stuff that keeps things from slipping. It is a kind of rubbery vinyl weave used in cupboards, under rugs....and so on.  Anyway..the idea is just to keep your glue stencil from moving around.....and voila you have a rubbing plate


okay...so, you KNOW I am going to be playing with this ....gotta go get me a new glue gun

Nina Marie invited me to link this to her "Off The Wall Fridays" ....pop on over and see what fun and creative things others are up to.

22 comments:

Debbie said...

This turned out so cool! I like the misted effect even if it was too wet. And the rubbing thing is fabulous. I am putting it on my try soon list.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Awesome results!!! I love the varying shades of greens you got on your sprayed/sponged piece.

Sherri D said...

The result has such a 3-D look to it! And I JUST found my glue gun two days ago. I have since lost it again, but heck, maybe I will look for it and give something like this a try!

adailydoseoffiber said...

Could you have used the glue gun on the fabric directly? I am assuming that because of the fragile nature of it, you can't immerse the fabric in dye....

Terry said...

It is amazing what people come up with to be creative! Looks like fun

Renate said...

Wow! What a terrific idea and what a wonderful result you got! Gotta run and find my glue gun too!!

landscapelady said...

How cool is that! I may be digging my glue gun out as well, I know it's in there somewhere:-) thank you for sharing another new idea.

Joan said...

Great idea Jill and it works so well. I have a glue gun - but no time :( I love the finished fabric you did!

Nina Marie said...

This is amazing! can you link up with us on my link party - opening Fri - called Off the Wall Friday? Its a link party aimed at art/fiber quilters - we find it wonderfully encouraging and enlightening!

Karin said...

breathtaking love the color fades and all.

helen-mary said...

What a fun way to spend a dreary January day. The fabric looks great!

Createology said...

Love your results. How fun you were inspired by Terri and her amazing "what ifs"! Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

diannajessie said...

How cool is that?? what a great idea to use glue and create a stencil - love it!!

quilthexle said...

Wow - thanks a lot for this very cool idea ! I will try this, for sure! And it will be fun to see what you do with the beautiful fabrics ;-))

What Comes Next? said...

that is just way too cool! I love the idea of using the no skid stuff to turn it into a rubbing plate. the mind is whirling with the possibilities...

Cathy Perlmutter said...

I have to try this! Genius!

Lisa said...

Oh that is so cool! I've made stamps with a glue gun but never thought about making it on something I could rip off and use as a resist! I love this idea. I will have to do it!

Carol A. Babineau said...

How fun is that? Wow - great idea and very creative.

Sharon said...

Wow, this looks like a ton of fun! I'll have to dig out my glue gun and give this a try. Thanks for sharing not only what you did but also the link to Terri's post.

So, how else would you have done spray-able paint? Inquiring minds want to know.

Quilter Kathy said...

That looks like sooo much fun!

Gina said...

How fun and great results; thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

How neat! I have tons of old glue sticks and will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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