But before I could bond the tree to the background, I needed to put the foliage down. So it was time to choose the greens for the leaves. Who knew I would have this many green fabrics in my stash?
|In the background of this photo you can see the tree image I'm using for design inspiration for this banner.|
|At left in the photo above is a photo of one of the murals in the church. I'm taking my color cues off it and the other two murals in the chancel.|
|Now the confetti-like leaves are sprinkled on top of an all-but-invisible layer of Misty Fuse, a heat-activated adhesive.|
|I put a layer of tulle over the leaves because when the Misty Fuse melts, it will bond both the leaves and the tulle to the background, with the tulle holding the leaves in place.|
|If I didn't cover the whole thing with parchment paper before ironing it, the adhesive would melt directly onto the iron.|
|So I set my iron to cotton and apply heat with a little elbow grease|
|Once the leaves were bonded down, I placed the pre-cut tree images over the whole thing and bonded them down.|
I think it's looking pretty good. Next step: sewing down the trunk and branches, because you never know how long the glue of fusible bonding will last over time.