Thursday, 13 August 2020

2020 #14 Un-Fused with Courtney Franich stamps {by Keren Baker}


2020 Topic 14: Fused
Sounds like Keren has fused her brain for this topic, never mind the project! Fuses abound - I'll let you read this funny story yourself as she went from 'sog' to smashing it! Perhaps the fuses sparked her brain into action...eventually!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you some fusing ideas. Some fused and some did not!
My initial idea was to create a page consisting of a few thicknesses of book pages with wool roving 'fused' into it and with holes showing some of Courtney Franich's stamps through. The idea came a little unstuck part way through, but more on that later. What I ended up with, was this little notebook.

What I discovered is that you really can't expect wool to fuse to paper- not without either piercing the paper, pushing the roving and allowing meshing that way, or covering up more of the paper (which I didn't want to do as I wanted to see the text.) I'll show you some of the process and explain the decisions I had to make as I went along. 
It all started well. I had an old book about teaching music in school and laid out the pages how I wanted them, spraying them well with water.

The (poorly thought through) idea was that if I laid out wool roving, allowing some strands to overlap with each other, and adding enough hot water, soap and agitation I'd magically end up with some wool fused paper. Sadly the only real agitation was my own! 

Like all best laid plans, you need to be flexible. I even commandeered my PaperArtsy craft mat to try and get some friction and squeeze out some of the water!

After a while, it became obvious that little was happening except for a wet soggy mess. In my Covid-19 lockdown induced brain fog, I thought that adding some white printed tissue paper to the felting party would be a better idea. But you've guessed it- simply more soggy mess ensued. I didn't want to throw it all away so had the better plan to add some Dura-Lar clear film over the top so I could still see the layers and simply sew it all together. Kind of fusing with stitch, but not entirely !

I did quite like this effect. You could see each layer distinctly plus see the texture of the wool. Now just to decorate it. I realised that as a project featuring fusing, there had been little fusing involved. Coupled with the fact that I'd found very little projects involving household fuses themselves when researching ideas for this topic, I dug out some fuses (let's just hope I don't need any in the near future) and thought about ways of using them with Courtney's ECF04 and ECF06 stamps.

Looking at the leftover book pages and the tiny fuses, I thought the stamped images would look wonderful wrapped around the dull fuses.

You can see in the background, I've stamped another image onto more Dura-Lar film to add another layer to the notebook. I kept stamping and wrapping, using some gentle colours until I had 5 pieces that looked like banners. Courtney's stamps are so lovely and the images go together so perfectly. I was going to trim them down, but liked how they reminded me of medieval pennant banners.

I just needed to put the project together. I used an Eileen Hull Journal die, and cut out of mount board before adding double sided adhesive sheets and adding the sewn film pieces to the notebook blank. Then I dug out some old patterned paper that had butterflies on and did do some proper fusing by adding some felted balls to hang from the edge. You can also see some wire hanging from one of the fuse banners, mimicking both butterfly flight and also fuse wire!

I wanted to add some text, so used EEG02 which has such a good versatile alphabet on.

All that was left to do was add some closures with ribbon, decorate the inside covers and add some little signatures. I used graph paper as I seem to use that a lot recently with sketching.

This topic has so much potential for creativity and I did end up feeling like I hadn't done it justice. But don't we often learn more with our failures, than with our successes. All isn't a complete failure, as I have a lovely notebook for my efforts, although not sure how long the fuses will remain on it ( even though I used plenty of red-liner tape and glue!) .It's made me want to explore the original technique I wanted to use, and maybe I'll come up with a workable solution soon

Thanks for joining me. See you soon,

Keren x

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

2020 #14 All Made Up with Tracy Scott stamps {by Lucy Edmondson}

 2020 Topic 14: Fused

We're always looking out for new ways to use our stamps, and pencil colouring on fabric is such a great idea. The softness of the blending and colours is really lovely and yet, the vibrancy of colour Lucy has attained makes it a real standout project.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Lucy from Lucy's True Colours with you today, and I'd like to share with you a make up bag I have made using a fusion of the vibrancy of Inktense pencils with the softness of a wash of Fresco Finish chalk paints, finished off with a matching Brilliance ink shrink plastic charm.

I like to make make-up bags as they make great postable presents which can also be used to store paint brushes and small crafty items. I adore Tracy Scott's stamps and I feel they suit a very vibrant medium, and I also of course wanted something that would work well on fabric, so I thought I would try Inktense for the first time, as they are permanent when heat set. Here's a close up of the dangly shrink plastic charm.

I learnt a lot whilst making this project as I had used Inktense before and had struggled a bit with them, and had never used them on fabric. I'm not sure actually why I made life so difficult for myself! I found the secret was to use the Outliner which was part of my main set. Over the years I have added supplementary colours, as I am colour obsessed, which were in odd tins. I also found I had to try out the colours on a spare piece of card, as the end of the pencil isn't a very good indicator.

I started off by stamping Tracy's butterfly from ETS39 in Versafine Clair Nocturne onto the make up bag. I think a lot of us are in love with this stamp! I also stamped the flower from ETS17, masked it, and stamped the end of the leaf sprig from the butterfly around the edge of it. I heat set the Clair as it's a very wet ink but it gave a good image even on fabric. Both a good ink and a good stamp! I then went around everything with the Inktense Outliner with a sharpened point.
For the background, I used a wash of Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints in Limelight, Banana, South Pacific, Zesty Zing, Cherry Red, and Coral. The Outliner prevented these seeping into the design.

 I then used a dark grey inktense pencil to add my shading.

I then coloured the butterfly and flower in using a selection of brightly coloured Inktense pencils and a water brush, heatsetting with my heat tool at intervals as I went along. To add the white centres, I used the end of a paintbrush dipped in Snowflake to create dots. I also dry brushed a little Snowflake to create some white highlights.

I used Fresco Finish Snowflake through a stencil (Kim Dellow PS034) around the edge of the bag to frame it and to break up the background colours. I also used the Snowflake around the edge of the design as a highlight.

Now for the charm, which will hang from the zip. I used white shrink plastic and I wanted a medium that would adhere to the shrink, so I used Brilliance inks. For the leaves, I applied the ink with cut n dry foam in Pearlescent Ivy and Pearlescent Thyme straight onto the plastic and then stamped using Brilliance Graphite Black (or you could use Jet Black StazOn), punched a hole, then cut them out and shrunk them.

For the flower, I wanted the colour in specific places, so I stamped it first, then painted using a fine brush using the reinkers in Pearlescent Poppy and Pearlescent Orange, to perfectly match the flower on the bag. I then attached them to a mobile phone clip using jump rings.

Here's a close up of the final bag charm.

On reflecting on the finished project, I am torn between being thrilled with how it turned out, and frustrated with feeling, well it just looks like I stamped something and coloured it in! I seemed to spend ages highlighting, shading, and back again. I would have made life much easier for myself if I had used my usual Prismacolour pencils, but I was determined I wanted something really intense for Tracy's stamps, and I found the Inktense pencils quite hard to control, particularly when using the dark grey. I think I learned more about the technique by giving it a go and would definitely use Inktense on fabric again, as I think I got my wish of a truly vibrant project!

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

2020 #14 Topic Introduction: Fused

  2020 Topic 14: Fused

Hello everyone! It's new topic day. For a while, the culinary world has been intrigued with fusion cuisine and here, we're going to look at fusion art, or at least, art inspired by some type of fusion. As usual, we'll wander down a myriad of avenues, stopping to pause at artistic examples along the way. 
Fused. What sort of techniques does it bring to mind? Fusing disparate things? Joining substances together. Permanently bringing things together. Whatever your definition, we have plenty to show you and the PaperArtsy blogger's and designer's 'cupboard' has more than a few ideas to kick us off.

One of the first people I thought of when musing about this topic was Seth Apter. He is known for his multi-layered art and using texture and paint to create wonderful pieces. Having his own range of embossing powder (which is not your usual embossing powder) results in some amazing art. This piece is a great example and fits in beautifully with our fused theme- note the fused powder on the circles and the fusing of colour, paper, ink and paint together.

Dounia is known on the PaperArtsy blog for her love of experimenting. This post covered using PaperArtsy Rusting Powder and she tried a myriad of ways. I think my favourite was using Rusting Powder in a lemon juice solution sprayed on leaves and put through a die cutting machine. You have to read the blog to see what else she did.

Taking the idea of fusing literally, I thought that combining a powdered texture and glue is a form of fusing? Anneke de Clerck did just that in this gorgeous piece.

When searching around for examples, you often find hidden gems using PaperArtsy products. This artist used PaperArtsy paints and embossing powder to create this wonderfully grungy and textural piece.

If you pop in 'fused art ' to most search engines, you'll be presented with a whole host of beautifully glass art. This is probably the most 'fused' of all. Glass art covers decorative items through to stained glass, and this set of windows in Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral is magnificent. Thankfully they were spared during the awful fire last year, but it'll be a while before the cathedral is restored to its former glory.

Let's try a different tack- how about fusing things together that aren't natural partners? This artist, Alfred Basha has a talent for fusing his pen-drawn subjects together.

Solder is a fusible metal alloy used for making permanent bonds. You might not think of it in an artistic context, but there are plenty of artists using it to make quirky pieces. I thought this next piece blended fun and function.

You could argue that sewn items are fusing fabric together- but it's more joining than fusing. This piece however cleverly 'fuses' separate elements together with thread and just about squeezes into the definition!

One fabric based discipline certainly doesn't need 'shoe-horning' into this topic is felting. Using wool roving, water and often soap or detergent can create mesmerising fabric. Renatos Veltinis is a textile artist who draws with wool. Her detailing is exceptional.

Many of us will have messed around with melting plastic (or is that just me!). This next artist has fused plastic bags together and stamped on them. She's sewn the finished plastic together to create a bag.

A little while back, using metal tape and fusing elements (sometimes with embossing powder) using slides or glass pieces was really on-trend. This is taking it a whole step further to make a piece of wearable art.

I thought that this next piece was clever; fusing two things that don't normally go together. I wonder if the artist removed anything that wasn't worth reading?!

For a further blast from the past, anyone remember the fad for Angelina fibres? Hot fix type fibres that fuse together and you stamp or emboss the new 'fabric'. My attempts certainly never looked anything like this!

How about some examples a little more akin to papercrafting? You can fuse pages by wetting, moulding, sewing or introducing interfacing that fuses two substrates together. I wonder which of these this artist has used?

This next piece isn't papercrafting at all, but I was hunting for cool ways to use fuses in papercrafting. Guess what? I couldn't really find any. These vintage fuses turned into handles were the best I could find. The internet needs fuse based art projects, so the gauntlet is well and truly thrown down for you all!

Fusing paper is actually a thing and dates back to the ancient Korean art of Joomchi. One of its best known modernisers is Jiyoung Chung and she produces stunning pieces of artwork.

It wasn't easy to find a myriad of examples of fusing to show and inspire you all. I just know that the PaperArtsy bloggers will have some ingenious ideas so I can't wait to see how they interpret the topic too.
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