We had been eagerly awaiting this month's meeting, as it was going to be a hands-on day with lots of demonstrations using many different art mediums and techniques. Claire began by showing us some 'Cozo' paper which you can't wet but you can sew, (it had beautiful raised patterns on it). She then painted water onto the paper and sprinkled brusho powders on top, using vibrant colours. Here are some of our results.
Next, Claire showed us how to use a product called 'expandit.' She began by holding a stamp whilst painting a light coating of 'expandit' on top. This was then pressed onto a piece of 'lutrador' and acrylic spray was sprayed over the top of it. Claire then used a heat gun to heat everything up, as it got hot, the areas where she had stamped with expandit, bubbled up and some holes formed in the lutrador giving an unusual affect.
As you can see below, we had some interesting results.
At lunch we were able to see some of our finished pieces from the May beading workshop.
In the afternoon session, Claire talked about how we can use 'tyvek.' She explained that this is used to make the new £5 notes. You can sew through it, cut with scissors, print on it with a laser printer, paint it etc. After painting the tyvek, Claire began to use a heat gun, and after a while it began to change shape and curl in on itself.
We were amazed at how quickly this changed shape with the heat gun, and Claire then went on to show us how to use an ink pad with some angelina fibres and fusable film. After inking the pad, Claire layered angelina fibres and fusable film making sure there was a layer of greaseproof paper on the top. Pressing a warm iron on top for a short while fused everything together, and when she peeled everything off the stamp, the ink was visible on top with lots of shiny colours behind it.
Here are a few samples of our work.
The final demonstration of the day, was to use Evalon (which feels like suede). Claire showed us some 'Markal Paintstiks' which are made from oil based paints and work on fabric. The ink becomes permanent on anything once it is dry or set, it can be set with heat if you want to wash the fabric in the washing machine. We were shown two techniques, one using stencils and another using a rubbing plate.
Our day had come to an end, and we went away with lots of new ideas for future projects.
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