Monday, 7 May 2018

70th Birthday Card - Mum

Tracey Evans reminded me in a live FB she did a few days ago about the shaving foam technique to create backgrounds. I used alcohol ink with mine.

I based this card for my mums 70th birthday on the one she made on the live feed.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pouring Medium Results

I wasn't going to use the DecoArt top coat on all of the pieces I made yesterday. (If you missed anything you can catch up here.) but, when I touched them this morning, they were all really sticky and rubbery, so I decided to do them all. Not sure if you can tell any difference, but this is the first attempt.

Close up of the middle of the canvas where I think some 'cells' were created!

Having mixed up more product this was the second one. As you can see, some cracks appeared in the top coat and I have no idea why, unless I didn't put enough on.

This is only a 3" x 3" deep canvas.

Top coat also added to the chipboard jigsaw piece.

And finally the pour on the piece of glass.

They've been outside drying for about 6 hours and they still seem tacky and sticky but they also seem dry. I'm hoping they dry a bit more over night and lose their stickiness.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

DecoArt Pouring Medium

I was very kindly sent these products from DecoArt to play with - Americana paint set, pouring medium and top coat.

As it was a beautiful day, I decided to set up in the garden, especially as it's messy!

I chose four of the colours from the pack and mixed them 50/50 with the pouring medium.

Then I poured them one by one into another cup, black first, then the pink, grey and lastly the white.

And this is how much paint I had in total.

I took a 12 x 12 canvas, placed it on top of the cup and flipped it over.

And this was the result. Firstly I didn't make up enough paint as I couldn't get it to spread across the whole of the canvas, and secondly, I think I'd have been best to cover the surface in either a black or white mix first. Good news is, I've learnt stuff from it.

So I decided to have another go using the same colours.

This time I made up much more and had 3/4 of a cup as opposed to 1/4.

And this is what I poured out after lifting the cup off. I then tipped it and dribbled it to the edges.

I decided to try some different colours but didn't have much pouring medium left, so went for a smaller canvas.

Not much mixture to play with again.

Blue, green and white, and then I tipped.

I also tried the remainder of this pot on a small piece of glass and mopped some of the excess paint up that dripped on the paper.

It was windy, so I had to hold the paper down with pieces of decking wood.

So this is my first attempt which I quite like. It wasn't fluid enough and I didn't mix up enough paint to start with. Also I dropped it face down onto the paper so that didn't help either!!!

This was the result of my second attempt using more paint.

I didn't have any large deep edge canvas's but love how this edge came out.

This is the result from the small, deep canvas.

And the edges.

They came out great.

The deep sides definitely work best.

And the last edge.

This is the one on the piece of glass.

It sort of split when it dried and you can see the light through it.

And this is the back looking through the glass.

This piece I just squished into the paint that had dripped off into the paper.

Tomorrow when they are fully dry I am going to give them a layer of top coat and we'll see if it changes anything.

I've also found out that I apparently should have created 'cells' using this technique, but as you can see, that didn't happen!!

I've had great fun and learnt a few things along the way that I'd do different next time, but unfortunately I've used all the pouring medium and we still can't get it here in the UK yet!!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Wet Felted Bag Workshop

So today found us in a different location for our wet felted bag workshop with Dawn of Dawn Allen Fibre Artist. Lin and Chris had just arrived and were getting settled in with a cuppa.

Dawn explaining to the group what a resist is, how to use it and the types of material you can use for one.

In the morning we made a smaller tester piece to get a feel for the wool and the shrinkage values. First thing to do was decide what we were going to make and what size of a resist we would need.

Once we'd decided, we started to add the wool. For the first layer we used a Bergschaf batt, which I thought was gorgeous. You can see it in the photo above. 

This has two layers on each side and I added a random design on the front side using some locks and nepps.

Here you can see the locks on the bottom. I covered them to do the rolling as I did't want them to felt.

Lin decided to add colour to hers. The colours are made up using Merino wool, nepps and masham wool locks.

And Chris laying her design out again using Merino wool, locks and nepps.

Chris's landscape design.

Everyone adding the finishing touches to their designs before the wetting and rolling process begins.

Lin taking a photo of Chris finishing her design as Chris forgot her phone.

And then the rolling begins. This is where you get your exercise!

Testing and looking - is it done yet??? Dawn giving Sue a bit of advice.

Lin is happy with with how her piece has come out after, rolling, hot and cold shocking and wringing out.

Chris is still rolling to try and shrink hers down to mobile phone size. We then stopped for some lunch.

After our practice this morning we went for it and made a bag in the afternoon using exactly the same process and taking into account what we learnt from this mornings make.

The first thing we did was to make a handle for our bags. Then we covered each side of the resist using the Bergschat and for the second layer we used the Merino, locks and nepps again to create the design of the outside of the bag. 

Then more wetting and rolling to get the wool felted and to the required size.

Chris cutting the resist out of the felted wool.

Dawn showing Linda how to felt the raw edges once the resist has been removed.

Front of Dawn's bag, she added a bright pink flap to hers. I really love how she felted along with us.

This is the back of Dawn's bag.

This is the front of Sue's bag. She's just removed the resist and is felting the raw edges after making a cut.

Moving along the cut edges of the bag to seal them.

This is mine, I've just cut the resist out and seeing how the flap looks.

These are what Carol made. In the morning she made a phone case and in the afternoon a matching bag. 

Carol decided to add a bit of needle felting to her pieces.

For some reason I don't appear to have a photo of either Lin or Chris's finished bags.

When I got home I found something to stand in my bag whilst it dried so I could mould it to the bag shape that I wanted. Here it is standing on the draining board with an empty biscuit tin inside standing on a cooling tray to help it dry out.

Once they are properly dried tomorrow I will add the clasp and I may add some needle felting to them.

Thanks to all, had a fabulous day and learnt loads.

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