This is what I have been working on this morning. It’s not the shape that I wanted to show you but the actual fabric I created. It started life as bog-standard inexpensive gift wrap tissue which has then been painted, bonded, sprayed and waxed, several times and in different sequences to end up as a soft fabric with a metallic leather look to it.
These photos were taken outside but still don’t really capture the metallic sheen on the fabric. I have left this first photograph quite large so if you click on it you can get a better look at the fabric.
Front:Back:Side view:And a couple of close ups:
And speaking of tissue, I have also been trying a new product: polyester tissue. Its amazing. It reacts to heat in the same way as the Tyvek I use but is so much easier to stitch into after melting – no hard edges.
Ignore the colours in these samples. I am trying to be frugal and using up all the odds and ends of the colours I have which don’t normally get used – which makes me wonder why I bought them in the first place. I’m sure you all know what I mean. :)
This sample is just a plain piece that has been heated with the heat tool then painted with metallic inks.On this one I screen printed Molding Paste then sprayed with silk paints. The thick white lines are where the piece was laying on plastic sheet to dry. Don’t really know why I used Molding paste through the Thermofax as I know it doesn’t really work!
And you can see here how it didn’t. The lines of the original design are vaguely discernible.I also tried the molding paste through a stencil – which does work! And once heated I tipped on various ends of acrylic inks and just let them puddle into each otherI haven’t had chance as yet to play more with this polyester tissue but I know I will do as it really has got great potential. You can buy it from the Gallery Textiles website – yet another mail order site to get carried away on. *LOL*
I needed to order some more Iron Gall ink this week and while browsing saw this and couldn’t resist it:
A Chinese Ink Stick. Quite probably most of you will have come across these before but I must admit that I haven’t and I just couldn’t believe how detailed they are. The design on the stick is raised, and goes right around the back along with Chinese wording at the top, and all in its own box. And it wasn’t just me – I showed it to the chaps at work and they were all intrigued too. When I first saw it I had to check the invoice because I thought ‘for heavens sake, how much have I paid for this?’ and was amazed when I saw it was only £1.70. !!
Still haven’t any idea what to use it for but sure I will think of something. :)
And saving the best bit until last, also received this book in the post this week.Its a fabulous book. Only wish I could show you some of what is inside. I’m not one for making jewellery but there are a few pieces in here that I am determined to have a go at but for me it is the techniques used to make the jewellery that are really interesting, lots of ideas. Its already had some really good reviews.
And what makes it even better is that its written by a blogging friend, Shirley, whose blog you will find here. Well worth a look - both the book and the blog. :)