Monday, 1 March 2010

...experiments...

I mentioned previously that I wanted some different embellishments to use in my current work...

...and that I couldn't find any amounts of things at reasonable prices.

So..

..I've been playing around, experimenting, with materials I had to hand.


Here are some of the results...




"leather paper" diamonds...painted with copper and antique gold paints


"leather paper" squares...edges tinted with brown dye


squares ....cut from a piece of stiffened fabric


"leather paper" circles.....painted with metallic paints/edges stained with Sennelier inks


wooden beads...cut from willow sticks


beads....odd little things that were strung - supposedly to repel insects - found in the souk at Marrakech.....painted with antique gold paint


"leather paper" is something I came up with a few years ago.....experimenting in the dye-pot, I always throw in whatever happens to be around just to see what happens. We were living in France at the time, and, having a rather old/decrepit farmhouse, visits to DIY establishments were quite frequent. I found a roll of "stuff" in the "End of Line" bin.....took it home...and dunked it. WOW!....amazing sheet of "leather-looking" material....that won't tear; can be hand or machine stitched; can de overdyed; is almost waterproof; won't fall apart in the washing-machine; .....and doesn't require the death of an animal! AMAZING! (so I went back up there a bit quick and bought up the rest of the rolls before it disappeared!)

Here are piccies of some sheets...





Other experiments that have taken place over the last few days....

....no henna...

...but Setasilk dyes....





..ready for stitch and embellishment....

9 comments:

AeFondKis said...

Wow! Chris you are really inspiring with the leather paper...great beads!
You are so inventive, I love the feel you have for materials! and your experiments are inspiring me to do things.....great colours!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Oh Chris ... I'm in embellishment heaven! Absolutely stunningly wonderful and gorgeous!

I will email soon re. our project ... been so busy ... but have updated the stuffies blog in anticipation!

Hope you have a super week and will "chat" soon ;o)

Carolyn

Cathy said...

Chris, I am so interested in your new "paper"! Wow! You sound like you are an innovator! That is great, and I love your little art from it. Glad you found this. Now what I understand is you use a regular dye and dip regular paper in it? I know you mentioned the stuff at the DIY store, but do you also use regular paper?

Chris Gray said...

Go for it Linda! :-)

Thanks Carolyn... project is underway.....been busy, but will have a bit more time from Wednesday...she'll be ready in time ;-)...look forward to "chatting" soon...

Cathy....I use ordinary paper for non-textile pieces...it falls apart if washed, but I do wet it and then bleed dye into that area. I wouldn't "dunk" or dip any paper other than good quality aquarelle - heavy stuff - it can take it. I use this through a litho press...with ink and for embossing (blind pulls). This "leather paper" is quite different - it doesn't fall apart, tear or shred...and it can be used as vellum....

Joei Rhode Island said...

Do you know the 'real' name of the leather paper? Looks like fantastic stuff...Love the embellishments. Will be back to see how this goes for sure!

Sweetpea said...

Well you certainly have inspired me today, my goodness, what a FUN post! I am enchanted with your willow beads...did you make them yourself?

There's such a rich feeling of organic earthiness (for lack of better words) in your latest experimentations. I am so looking forwarding to watching the direction you take them to!

ArtPropelled said...

Love the "odd little things" and your leather stuff..... and everything else!

Chris Gray said...

Joei....sorry, don't know the "real" name of that paper...I bought it 7 years ago now, and all the rolls were without labels.

Sweetpea....Yes, I made the willow beads....just cut them with a circular saw blade on my dremel..

Thanks so much for all your comments

x Chris

jackie said...

Such fun ,and so many nice bits and pieces to use.