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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Miriam said...

This is wonderful Keren... I love the finished piece! I often think of ideas and then don't think it through carefully!

SewPaperPaint said...

So very cool Keren! Amazing detail.

Etsuko said...

Fabulous project Keren, and the really good story about the Topic 'fusion'. xx

Helen said...

Love it - you sound just like me - start off with one idea and end up with something different! I like a bit of experimenting - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's always fun!

Words and Pictures said...

Too too cool - the fusing of all kinds is fabulous - and I just love the colours and composition, with that lovely vintage book text in the background.
Alison x

paper heart scissors said...

Oh this is great! Love all the layers.