Art · Erosion Bundles

The Making Of An Erosion Bundle

This is the post a few people have been waiting for…. ! This post is all about how I go about making my Erosion Bundles. I would like to state at the outset that this is NOT A TUTORIAL. In this post I am simply documenting how I made my current set of erosion bundles. Each time I make erosion bundles they are different – different ingredients, different papers, different fabrics etc. – it’s never the same.

I begin by gathering all of the things I need for my bundles. The primary components are the papers and fabrics….

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These are just a sample of the papers and fabrics I used. Next I need interesting things to go between the papers and fabrics…

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My ingredients above are: blackberries, blueberries, rusty stuff, teabags, eyeshadow and some pearl mica. The blueberries and blackberries I bought fresh from a local supermarket and froze them till I was ready to use them. All the rusty stuff I have rusted myself in my back garden! The eyeshadow was only 59p from a local discount store!

Ingredients gathered it’s now time to start layering papers and fabrics….

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Generally, I put the stronger, thicker papers and fabrics towards the outside of the bundle and the more fragile papers and fabrics nearer the centre of the bundle. At the base I started with a fairly strong piece of paper. In this case I used a piece of textured wallpaper as my base – textured side inside. It was approximately A5 size. Then I started randomly adding some of the staining ingredients on top. Then I added some fabric and more staining ingredients on top of that.  I like to vary the staining ingredients on each layer a little so each layer is slightly different. I added some more paper, more staining ingredients. I keep going till I have quite a thick pile of papers and fabrics layered up as in the picture above. You can see some blueberries and a rusty washer at the edges of the bundle in the picture above.

When my erosion bundle was about 4 – 5 inches high I decided that was enough and tied it all together with string….

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You’ll notice in the first image above that I used quite a lot of string and I tie my bundles fairly tight as I don’t want anything falling out! You’ll also notice in the first image above that some of the string is stained…. that’s because I recycle my string! I always save the string from my previous erosion bundle and use it again for the next one if possible!

I had enough papers, fabrics and staining ingredients left over to make two more erosion bundles….

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Notice the recycled string again… ! All three bundles went out in the garden on Monday afternoon (24th July 2017). How long I leave them will depend on the weather. But I don’t want to open them till at least the end of September or possibly the end of October.

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The first bundle (above) is now hanging on my garden fence and the second two are sat on an old seat by my back door. It is hard leaving them for 2 -3 months – the curiosity is almost overwhelming – I’m dying to know what’s going on inside! But you just have to be self controlled, leave them alone and let nature and the elements work their magic on them….

For me, erosion bundles are all about experimenting! There are NO RULES – anything goes! In my view, there is no right or wrong way to do an erosion bundle! I’ve just gradually developed my own way of doing them. Some people like to use only natural ingredients in their bundles (fruit, veg, plants etc.) and that’s fine. But me, I’ll use anything! If I think it might make interesting marks, stains, textures, or cause interesting chemical reactions, I’ll try it! As with all experiments, some erosion bundles turn out better than others. Through my process I’m gradually learning what works and what doesn’t.

So for all you lovely people who have asked how I make my erosion bundles I hope this post has given you a little insight into how I go about making them. And maybe you might feel like giving it a go yourself…..

Art · Erosion Bundles

Winter Erosion Bundle – Part 3

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Welcome to part 3 of my Winter Erosion Bundle – the final part! Part 3 is very different to Part 1 and Part 2 – is has no rust and no blueberries! I used just dots of watercolour paint and sprinkles of pearl mica.

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These papers were on the very outside of the erosion bundle. The watercolour paint gave the papers beautiful soft pastel tones…

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The pearl mica gave a lovely sheen to the papers that catches the light…

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Above is a close up view of the previous image.

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I used tissue paper, deli paper and notebook paper, all of which absorbed colour very readily…

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The lovely pastel tones blend and compliment each other beautifully…

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Shimmering gold pearl mica with touches of vintage pink…

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Blues, greens and turquoise – lagoon colours…

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All the colours of the rainbow…

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These papers have been carefully stored. I will use them in mixed media art as and when the right project comes along. These erosion bundles take time to produce, so it’s a good idea to build up a good supply of eroded, corroded, vintage papers well in advance!

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A spring erosion bundle is in the planning stage…

Art · Erosion Bundles

Winter Erosion Bundle – Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of my winter erosion bundle! You can view Part 1 HERE if you missed it. Above is a piece of scrapbook paper which I scanned and printed out onto some copy paper. Into my erosion bundle it went. Stuck on the paper you can see blueberry remains, the white powdery remains of an effervescent Vitamin c tablet, some raspberry remains and some rust. All of them create wonderful vintage colours and textures. Next, the reverse side of the paper…

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Much more subtle colours and stains on this side…

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Above is some more subtly stained scanned scrapbook paper – the yellow stains are from some turmeric I sprinkled onto the paper. The reverse side looks like this:

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Above a piece of beautifully vintage sheet music, stained with rust and blueberries. It turned out that those blueberries would have a huge impact on this erosion bundle – although I had no idea when I put them in – it was purely experimental…winter-eb-15-nb

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The paper directly above is a piece of paper from an old book, beautifully stained…

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Above is an envelope – I like to use an assortment of paper in my erosion bundles! Again it’s beautifully aged and vintage looking. The reverse side:

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Also into my erosion bundle went some paper doilies:

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The doilies were very fragile when they came out of the bundle, hence why they’ve torn a little. For my final image of this post a picture of my erosion bundle in the garden:

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This my erosion bundle all tied up and hanging on my garden fence! As you can see it’s covered in frost, it was about -5 Celsius  when I photographed this. My bundle measured about 10″ x 8″ and on this morning it was frozen solid – it was like a giant house brick! You can’t miss the brown splodge on the front of it – that is…  erm…. bird pooh! I’m not entirely sure what that bird had been eating, however, when you put an art project out into the garden you have to expect these things… !

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These papers will be carefully stored and will get used in my art work, in due course. They are all totally unique and individual and each of them have their own beauty. I love them! This concludes part 2 of my winter erosion bundle, part 3 (the final part) will follow sometime in the not too distant future…

Art · Collage

Seaside Collage Beginnings 2

More pics of my collage papers on my desk, ready to create some seaside inspired collages with. I love these colours ~ blue, indigo, turquoise, green, yellow ochre with hints of orange, mauve and neutral tones…

I have an A3 sheet of acrylic paper which I have covered with Gesso and is currently drying. When dry I will cut it up into 6 smaller pieces and make 6 small collages which will hopefully go in my collaged sketchbook.