Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination • Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold & Leslie Morgan

Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan explore ‘Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination’  in this wonderful digital book + video demonstration.  Visually stunning and packed with tips and ideas.



Paper & Metal Leaf Lamination: Book + Video Demonstration

Laminate paper and metal leaf to silk organza, cotton, and more!

Laminating paper or metal leaf to fabric is easy, fun to do and produces colorful graphical imagery and metallic textures on everything from sheers to cotton fabrics. Magazine pages, newsprint, photocopies or art pages — all can be laminated to cloth using a simple and permanent method. Join Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan on this wonderful study of Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination.

Utilizing both natural and synthetic fabrics, some basic screen-printing and quilting supplies, you will learn the process of layering, fusing, stitching (and more) everything from newsprint, photocopies, art paper and metal leaf or foil to various fabrics to create breathtaking one-of-a-kind pieces of art cloth.

58 Page eBook + 20 Minute Instructional Video included.

What is meant by Paper Lamination and Metal Leaf Lamination?

Laminating is simply the process of using a permanent adhesive to attach paper or leafing to a fabric surface. In the case of paper lamination, once the adhesive dries, the fabric is soaked in water so that the paper can dissolve, which makes its removal possible. The printing on the paper is captured in the permanent adhesive and remains on the fabric.

Metal leaf lamination is very similar.

The permanent adhesive is used to attach the leaf to the fabric. When the glue dries, the unattached metal leaf is brushed away. Either form of lamination is lightfast and durable.Washing a laminated fabric in the washing machine is even an option and it doesn’t alter or damage the applied imagery at all!

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The process provides the opportunity to combine graphics, photographic images and art papers with cloth, resulting in pieces that are highly individual. There are a number of suitable choices in terms of appropriate papers:

  • Newsprint
  • Laser or inkjet prints
  • Photocopies
  • Art papers – marbleized or hand-printed papers, papers with embedded threads and Japanese origami papers.
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Understanding Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination on Cloth

This is a guide to understanding the lamination process. Follow the basic instructions and use the photographs as inspiration. Once you understand how lamination works, you can experiment with the possibilities or pursue your own ideas. We start with the basics
(such as getting your workplace ready) and move on to tackle things in this logical sequence:

  • Getting to grips with the key lamination methods. 
  • Building up subsequent layers of surface design to add color, texture, imagery and graphic effects.
  • Laminating metal leaf (for accent or pronounced or graphic effects). 
  • Stitching & burning the laminated cloth.
  • Using the laminated cloth (including ‘failures’ as stencils).

It always helps to read through the entire book before you begin. You may not understand the process completely, but you will have a clear idea of what supplies are needed and how to set up your workspace. Once you’ve acquired the supplies – a variety of papers, fabrics and the matte medium – you need to experiment and make some small samples that may then become inspiration for later, larger works. 

Comfort almost always fuels creative effort, so begin by making sure you have a good place to experiment with laminating.

Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold & Leslie Morgan • About the Instructors

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Claire Benn is an artist who works in mixed media: textiles, raw earth pigments, natural dyes, acrylic paint and thread. Her work is abstract, reductive, contemporary, quiet and very tactile; apparently simple yet engaged with a complexity of ideas and practices. Visit Claire’s Website

Leslie Morgan describes herself as ‘an embroiderer who makes Quilts’. From her workshop and teaching studio in the UK Leslie continues the tradition of excellence in surface design education, instruction and creation. Visit Committed to Cloth