Last September, I followed an online course which threw me for a loop. While I loved every lesson, I struggled to find a way in which they could blend with what I do. After struggling for a while to complete the four paintings I had started, I left them aside for a while. In March, I chopped them up, hoping for a new perspective. I came back to them every now and then, glued some paper, added this and that but I was still unable to take them in any direction. Finally, yesterday, I added an extra layer with stencils, sprayed some paint, dabbed modeling paste and things finally started happening. Today, I decided to paint a face on this background. It’s not finished but it needs to be set aside for a while. In the meantime, I will get to work on the remaining 5. Once my cat stops using them as a mattress, that is….
Well, what can I say…once again, I have discovered a new technique I can’t get enough of. Since dabbling with the faux glass technique, I’ve been going through shrink plastic and making pendants like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve had a few unfortunate misses but a whole batch of successes too.
Here are the latest additions to my collection. And just in case you thought one addict in the family is more than enough, I have managed to share the bug with Littleman. He is the proud creator of the heart pendant and has pronounced himself satisfied with my glazing effort. Knowing him, he’ll give the pendant a thorough inspection tomorrow morning just in case. Can’t blame him….like mother like son!
shrink plastic pendants, a set on Flickr.
I am always one reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, so much so that by the time I have decided that I might actually like to jump on it, the bandwagon has been and gone!
So when everyone started raving about gelli plates and gelatine printing, I was somewhat adamant I would not get sucked into that, no thank you. But then, I saw some pretty amazing prints with lots and lots of layers. And I am somewhat obsessed with layers.
So I decided I would give the whole thing a whirl.
Mixed water with agar agar, poured and ten minutes later, tada! Here was a lovely squidgy jelly plate for me to experiment with.
I loved it! I loved it so much I spent an entire week end doing print after print. And then another week end, and another.
Let’s just say, I’m hooked…
I won’t inflict every single of my prints on you. I made far too many for that (and I will be making more in the near future…insert manic laugh here). Here is just a quick selection of some of them. Now all I have to do is find a suitable project for them.
Gelatine prints, a set on Flickr.
I have been a busy bee lately, trying to fit as much art as I can in my life. Last night, I came upon this absolute gem of a tutorial, courtesy of the equally gorgeous Tammy Tutterow:
I was instantly smitten and itching to try making some of my own. Tonight, I took the opportunity of littleman having no homework to fish out my shrink plastic, round up a few stamps, my utee and set to play.
I made these two little pendants. The one on the left is made up of a transparent piece of shrink plastic stamped with writing, and a shrink plastic butterfly coloured with alcohol inks. The one on the right is made of three butterfly stamped on a clear background and coloured with colour pencils.
Time to play with Utee then. I must confess that I don’t own a melting pot. I have never seen the need to make such an expense. I may rethink my position in the future. For tonight, a little non-stick pan was good enough. I hooked my pendants to the little chain that normally holds together my tea infuser and dipped my shrink plastic pieces in the hot utee several times, one at a time until it was completely coated.
And boy, am I in love with the result! The pendants look coated in a thick layer of melted glass, the imperfections of the utee dripping just adding to the overall look. They are shiny, glassy, glossy and just amazing looking, and all of this literally in the blink of an eye!
And since I hadn’t quite settled on a definite idea for a mothers’ day present, this was the perfect opportunity. A little jump ring, a ball chain necklace and voilà! I’m all set to give my mother her present tomorrow.
And this is a tutorial I am going to revisit again and again. The possibilities are endless…as endless as my supplies of shrink plastic and utee in any case.