Two bad boys are about to come to life. This should be fun!

First, a hunt through Google images to find two figures that seem to go together. Then, after adjusting their relative sizes in Photoshop, I printed them out in black and white. After tracing their outlines, I used my proportion wheel and full-size drawing to determine the enlarged copy size I’d need to make for template creation. Then, it was off to tracing the outlines onto freezer paper and cutting out lots of small template pieces.

I made the spray painter with the same method. If a collage element consists of many tiny pieces, I will use fusible web for a secure hold. Other times, I will use dots of  Roxanne’s Basting glue to attach pieces together. Web is a permanent bond, while basting glue can be “un-done.” Even though the dot of glue has dried,  by holding a wet cotton Q-tip to it, it can be softened enough to gently pull apart the fabrics.

The templates are ironed onto the front side of the selected fabrics. I cut a piece of Misty-Fuse fusible web and lay it down on a non-stick ironing sheet, and then place my fabric pieces close together on top, making sure that all the areas that I intend to cut out for my collage cover the web. I cover these pieces with another non-stick ironing sheet and lightly iron to fuse web to back of fabric. After the sandwich cools to touch, everything will peel away from the sheet, and I can cut along the template edge to create my shape.

Notice the dotted lines on the templates. That is an area of overlap, an area that will get covered by another piece of fabric and form an attachment area. I cut the fabric generally following the outline but a smidge bigger in those areas. Sometimes I use a thin Sharpie marker to indicate a shadow area or some detail that I want to remind myself of when I am placing the template on the fabric. I mark complicated areas to cut away with an X to prevent confusion.