Iron-on adhesive, the easiest and quickest of the two, requires only an iron, an ironing board and some double-sided fusible adhesive. For our experiments, we used two weights of Heat 'n Bond brand fusible adhesive: Lite and Ultra Hold, both of which are double-sided and were backed with Japanese paper. Each of the weights have applications for book artists. The major drawback of the iron-on adhesive is that it is not archival, but for many applications, everyone agreed this wasn't a priority, so this method would work well.
|Ironing the fusible adhesive onto the back of the fabric.|
|A few more minutes of ironing on the front of the fabric to assure a strong bond.|
|Beginning to brush a thin coat of paste onto the mulberry paper backing.|
we found perfectly adequate, if not artistically satisfying substitutes, at the local hardware store.
|A hallmark of Study Group: helping one another. In this case, carefully lowering the glued paper onto the back of fabric. Hardware store paint stirrers proved excellent substitutes for the traditional lifting stick.|
|Tamping the glued paper onto the back of the wet fabric before reversing it onto a drying board for the trip home.|
Thanks to Janice K. for another excellent report!