I seem to have a ‘creative block’ at the moment. Half of my holiday has disappeared and I have nothing to show for it!
So I decided I would just fiddle around in the workroom today and have a play with this Moulding Mesh I bought from the Crafty Notions stand at Ally Pally.I started off by just melting the mesh to get a feel for it. I used the heat tool for the red one with holes in it and the iron, set on cotton, for the mauve one. I also fused a silver and a red together with the iron.Although they don’t look very inspiring as they are, they would make great textured pieces to include in a mixed media piece covered with acrylics.
Rather than paint them I thought I would try this Montana acrylic spray paint. I have only just started using this spray, and this gold is the only colour I have but its fantastic stuff. Sprays anything really well so I am definitely going to add to my colour range.I sprayed all three pieces with the gold sprayand then I gave this one another spray with Crafty Notions Creative Colour Sprays 'Scarab Beetle' which has given it a really lovely ‘old gold’ effect.For this next piece I backed the mesh with Kunin felt then layered metallic tissue fabrics and organza on the top before embellishing. I then used the heat tool on the back and the front to make it undulate and to burn back some of the organza.I used the same combination for the piece below but this time before using the heat tool I inserted pieces of dowelling and pinned the fabric down onto a cork board so that once the moulding mesh had cooled it would hold the shape of the dowelling.This is what it looked like when finished. Where the organza has melted the tissue fabric shows through to the surface.This close up gives you a better idea of what the ridges in the fabric look like.This is my favourite piece. The colours do not show up very well in these photographs.I layered organza then moulding mesh followed by a layer of metallic tissue fabric topped with another layer of organza. I then used marbles tied with elastic bands before heating with the heat tool.These next photos are different things I am working on at the moment. More about those later.
Some are the front and back views of the same piece.
This final photo shows a top and side view of the same piece to give you an idea of the depth.
I’m not sure that you would be able to guess exactly what this piece is made from let alone what I did to it before painting :)Its amazing how writing a blog entry and taking a few photos can help get you motivated again :)