Digital Imagery in Fiber Art: Using Textured Backgrounds for a Painterly Effect (Video Download)

Explore a new avenue for your quilt art using a combination of digital photography and textured backgrounds.
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Join fiber artist Wen Redmond and learn her captivating technique for adding unusual dimension to fiber art with textured photographs.

First, you'll journey through
 Wen’s step-by-step process for printing a photograph on a textured background by spreading lightweight molding paste onto a stabilizer base and adding textural markings. Then, learn how to add another layer after the substrate dries by using it as paper in an inkjet printer. You'll also discover tips and tricks for printing using both Adobe® Photoshop® and Microsoft® Word to create a painterly photo thin enough to be sewn and manipulated. Finally, you'll love adding finishing layers by playing and experimenting with textured mediums!


Embark on a wonderful and fun journey with Wen Redmond and celebrate the limitless possibilities of combining digital photography and texture.

  • Computer
  • Printer with durable ink
  • Photo-editing and/or word processing software of your choice
  • Stabilizer
  • Lightweight molding paste
  • Modeling pastes
  • Ruler, rotary cutter, and mat
  • Plastic drop cloth (small, 4 ml)
  • Lightweight spreader (old credit card or palette knife)
  • Glue stick (blue) or any double-stick tape
  • Acrylic paint and/or Setacolor fabric paint by Pebeo, 1–3 colors
  • Metallic paint, 1–2 colors
  • Inexpensive bristle paintbrush
  • Foam paintbrushes
  • Texture tools (stamps, sticks, Bubble Wrap®, cut texture cards, cheesecloth, etc.)
  • Sandpaper
  • Carriers (cardstock, Pellon® Wonder-Under or any paper backed fusible, or printer paper)
  • Images (Use your own digital photos!)
  • Inkjet grounds
  • Clear sealant (Use a varnish in a gloss medium or matte, or use Krylon® Fine Art Fixatif or UV-Resistant spray.)



  • Artist bars, Sobo® glue, and mounting supplies
  • Black cloth or paper
  • Gel medium
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Textured mediums (pumice gel, fiber paste, and/or opaque flake gel)

SKU: EP5512

Author/Speaker/Editor: Wen Redmond

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

The textured backgrounds weren't to my taste. Review by WendyC

On the positive side, Wen gave useful and detailed information in a clear manner. I thought it was terrific that she identified which mediums she was using and showed different brands of the same type of medium. Unfortunately Wen was extremely nervous in front of the camera. Also, to my eye, and I know others won't agree, 90% of the substrates used overpowered the photos and didn't add anything to the composition.

(Posted on 1/21/14)

Wow! Review by Judy

I rarely write reviews, but this was a fantastic class. Wen is very inspiring and she did a great job presenting techniques and variations with them. I also downloaded her other class and I can't wait to watch that class. Hopefully I'll be able to take a live class with her in the future, but this was definitely a great value and will gave me lots of ideas to explore.

In addition, the video downloaded flawlessly and quickly....I was a little apprehensive about it, but it was easy!

(Posted on 9/12/13)