Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Not In Kansas - A Travel Fairytale In Fabric for 2020 by Geri Beam


This project was created around the theme of travel and portals and passages as part of the challenges given to the StencilGirl® Creative Team. 

Since travel is not a common activity for many of us these days, I created a fairytale using fun and fabric. 

Not In Kansas – A Travel Fairytale In Fabric for 2020

A woman wished she could travel to meet her new friend in St. Louis. However, she was stuck in a faraway kingdom, unable to travel due to a horrible plague upon the land. She had once heard of a little girl who traveled to a far-away place by means of a tornado.

She had been told that the Mighty Crows knew how to travel and could do so unimpeded. She took her wish to the Crows and asked what she could do.

No sooner had she voiced her wish to the Crows when a terrible firestorm burnt a portal in the sky. She was magically shrunk to fit on the back of a crow who flew through the portal.

On the other side of the portal embers fell and scorched the earth. The crow and the woman flew around the world until St. Louis came into sight.

On the ground, the new friends were delighted to meet in person. They worked together to create beautiful works of art that soothed the souls of many.

The Beginning of New Adventures in Art

Here are the details about the project. The size of the piece is 16.5 inches wide by 6 inches tall. It sits on an easel also made from fabric. Two buttons on each side of the piece allow the middle page to be held open by the magic thread from the portal.

Not in Kansas - A Travel Fairytale in Fabric (Pages 1-2)

Not in Kansas - A Travel Fairytale in Fabric (Pages 3-4)

Not in Kansas - A Travel Fairytale in Fabric (Back with support)

A note about the back of the project and construction of the fabric easel: 

First, the batik fabric was a perfect fit for invoking the firestorm and burning the magic portal. Sometimes magic is just lying in your stash waiting to be used.

However, when trying to figure out how to make the project stand alone on a desktop, I needed help. I enlisted the assistance of my clever husband Kent. The support needed to be strong enough to hold the project but not be seen from the front. A piece of coat hanger was fused to the back of the piece to keep it stiff.
The easel was made from the same base fabric as the project (72F Peltex® II Two-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer). Many paper models were tried until the final design which solved the issue.

Supplies Used in this Project

StencilGirl® Stencils
·      Three Crows a 6”x6” stencil created by Kimberly Baxter Packwood
·      Petite Oval Wisteria Vine Mask a 4”x4” stencil by Trish McKinney 
·      Latitude and Longitude a 6”x6” stencil by Mary C. Nasser
·      Going Global Small a 6”x6” stencil by Mary C. Nasser
·      Metro Map a 6”x6” stencil by Mary C. Nasser
·      Mary C. Nasser’s ATC Mixup a 9”x12” stencil
·      Carol Wiebe's ATC Mixup a 9”x12” stencil


·      72F Peltex® II Two-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer

·      FF79F2 Pellon® Flex-Foam™ 2-Sided Fusible

·      100% Cotton Muslin (painted with white gesso)

·      100% Cotton Commercial Batik fabric

·      Black rattail cording

·      Midnight YLI Candlelight Metallic Yarn

Mediums and Ink and Pad

·      Bob Ross white gesso

·      Golden Fiber Paste

·      Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

·      Aleene’s Ok To Wash-It Permanent Fabric Adhesive

·      StazOn Jet Black Solvent Ink

·      Aladine, Izink Dye Spray - Licorice (not in photo)

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints – Chalk Acrylics

·      Stone

·      Bougainvillea

·      Granny Smith

·      Midnight

·      Haystack

Lavinia Stamps

·      Fairy Orbs

·      Blue Orbs

·      Fairy Thistles

·      Fairy Thistle

·      Crow Set


·      Make-up sponge and PanPastel Sofft Art Sponges

·      Nuvo Silicone Media Spatula

·      Plastic pallet knife

·      Paintbrushes

·      Karen Kay Buckley scissors

·      Derwent Graphik 0.5 Line Painter – Tickled

·      Uni-Ball Signo white pen

·      Farber-Castell Pitt artist pens – Warm Grey Cold Grey

·      Stabilo Aquarellable – Black

·      Uni Posca pens – Black, White

Now that's a tale with a happy ending.




  1. I loved this. Thank you for posting it.

  2. A magical story magically told! I like how you made the major story elements clear while supporting them with lush detail. The emphatic black outline of the pages keeps it all contained. The “portal page” is a great idea. And that support for the project literally elevates the whole thing. It would have had less presence lying flat. Very inspiring!

  3. This is so wonderful Geri. I love what you have done with this. And you've done such a great job of illustrating your wonderful story. Congratulations on a job so well done!

  4. Your use of your creative mind put into a great project and story. Well done. I look forward to more from you.


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