I worked the first sample on calico using a cotton thread and a thicker silk thread.
This was covered with acrylic gel medium, tinfoil laid on the top, more gel medium, then sprinkled with coarse sea salt.
Acrylic paints in Turquoise Phthalo, Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Crimson were used to give the surface a look of metal and rust. I took lots of photos as usual, so have made a collage of some of them. Double click on the pictures to get a better look.
The threads on the first sample were too fine to actually show up under the tin foil so for the next one I used a background of jute scrim with thick cotton cord and silk thread doubled to work the stitches.
Once again this was covered in acrylic gel medium, tinfoil laid on top, more gel medium and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt.
The same paints as above were used, this time with a much better effect. Once the paint was dry I managed to peel off the tinfoil intact and still holding its shape. I have painted gesso over the stitching and will use a different technique to finish off. Will post photos of this later.
For my usual sample of using the same fibre as the background I tried stitching with tinfoil strips on to a tinfoil background. Difficult! Unable to take photo of stitching, too much reflection. I used acrylic gel medium and a pumice gel medium on this sample.
It was then painted using the same acrylic paints as the other two samples.
I should have mentioned last week that this technique is taken from the book ‘Celebrate your Creative Self’ by Mary Todd Beam. This is a brilliant book showing lots of different techniques which you can use with your favourite medium. Highly recommended.