2020 Topic 14: Fused
A striking collage of Vintage PaperArtsy stamps pops to life with gold foil fused with sticky ink as the connector to the canvas below.
Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you my canvas using foils.
For this project I've used Vitrail transparent glass paints which I've had in my stash for years. I applied them direct to canvas and my images to create a surface to fuse the foils onto. This glass paint is solvent based, transparent and very sticky when first applied, so you can apply the foil directly onto it without the need for more glue. I gave a workshop once using this technique and it works a treat.
Get your Vitrail colours ready - I've used Turquoise Blue, Yellow and Old Pink and cut up a cheap sponge to apply them with.
Dab it on and mix as you go. I like the texture of the canvas showing through.
Stamp your images onto glossy card - it need to be glossy so the paint doesn't soak in - and then dab on colour in the same way.I used the Vintage Ink and the Dog Collection. These are some of the images from I&D in a larger format on A5 sheets, great for journalling or larger size projects.
Let dry for a couple of minutes and apply the foil - you can see this piece has been well used already. You only want touches of foil, not great solid areas as you'll lose the image underneath.
Use a stencil in the same way. Pressing the foil through the pattern.
And there you go. This works better with a stencil with a definite pattern rather than a more random one.
Here you can see the foiling.
I've pulled it all together with stamping and filmstrip lines.
To finish I doodled round the edge with a black outliner.
These paints work so well because they're sticky. The stickiness does have some disadvantages though as if you don't like getting messy this probably isn't the project for you (I managed to get it in my eyebrow - don't know how!) and you also have to wait quite a while for it to dry if you want to add stamping over the top. Having said that, I find this a really easy way to foil projects - no more waiting for the embossing powder or glue to dry to just the right point to get the stuff to stick. It's also a great way to use up those scraps of foil that have been used but have bits left on. Lynne Perrella stamps would work really well with this technique - you keep the detail of the images and add a touch of glitz at the same time!
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