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Surface Treatment Workshop – Week 3

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The focus on this weeks edition of the Surface Treatment Workshop is Aluminium Foil.

It sounds very simple but in practice I found aluminium foil is not very easy stuff to work with. The good points are that it’s very easy to create texture and patterns with foil but the downside is that it’s not so easy to paint over. The paint doesn’t stick to the foil very well. Using a layer of clear gesso first helped but it still takes several layers of paint to cover the foil and when it dries the paint scratches off very easily. So I’ve got misgivings about it’s archival quality.

I have only one sample for this weeks workshop – pictured above. The foil I used were the foil wrappers from some stock cubes! Four wrappers were needed. And I simply coloured in the existing shapes and patterns in the foil. I used acrylic paint, oil pastels and stuck on some small rusty bits of paper left over from an erosion bundle.

I like my sample above, I like the textures shapes and colours. I’m not quite sure this sample is completely finished yet – I may work into it some more – but I like it so far!

The conclusion of this weeks workshop is that I don’t think I will be using aluminium foil in mixed media art to any great degree but it may possibly have small uses here and there… ! Next week the focus is on Masking Tape – looking forward to this!

Home Made Rust

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These four pieces of rusty tin above I rusted myself. These are some of the rusty pieces I put into my Erosion Bundles.

These pieces of tin I cut out from the sides of a corned beef tin. They have flat sides and are easier to cut! As I cut the tin there was need for caution as the cut edges are razor sharp… ! Then I simply got a disposable aluminium foil tray (or an old plastic ice cream tub) and placed in it a solution of vinegar and bleach. The solution is mixed to a ratio of 2 parts bleach to one part vinegar. I needed enough to make sure the pieces of tin (or other items to be rusted) are completely covered. Then I put the pieces on tin into the solution and left them for about 4 -5 hours.

I wore disposable gloves and I put the tray out into the garden (I picked a dry day) as the solution of vinegar and bleach gives off very strong fumes – I really didn’t want it in the house! I have been known to leave these outside all night. If the items haven’t rusted enough when I check them I simply tip the solution away and cover them with a fresh solution and repeat the process.

Some things rust really well (like corned beef tins) others don’t – so it’s about experimenting. I’m really pleased how my rusty bits of tin above turned out and they have become even more rusty after being in my erosion bundles!

Vintage Blue & Rust

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A collection of vintage blue and rusty coloured treasures from around my work room. Vintage dyed fabrics, a piece of dyed string, a vintage blue pressed hydrangea flower, a rusty coloured dried pressed rose, a rusty ring pull from a can – all on a vintage blue textured background. I painted the background paper with acrylic paints.

All these lovely things I collect inspire me and I will eventually use them in art work when the right project comes along. And I will then replace them with other lovely things… !

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… !

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…

Winter Erosion Bundle – Part 1

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Soon after finishing my previous Erosion Bundle I started a new one! You can see the results of my previous one here: Art & Beauty In Decay.

An erosion bundle is simply a pile of paper and/or fabric layered up with stuff that will leave stains, marks, colour and texture etc. I use tea bags, coffee, paint, rusty stuff, household chemicals – literally anything that has the vaguest hope of leaving marks, stains, patterns or some colour! I use lots of different paper types and sizes and different fabrics, Sometimes I finish with a fabric wrapping , sometimes I don’t! Then I tie it up with string and out it goes into the garden to be left to the mercy of the elements for a long as I dare! Usually anything from 6 to 12 weeks, to let nature do it’s thing…

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This erosion bundle I left outside for about 8 weeks. I had planned to leave it longer, but due to the sub-zero icy weather alternating with warm rainy weather, the bundle eroded much quicker than I thought it might. The above two pics are both sides of the same piece of paper – just look at that wonderful rusty, crusty stain on the paper…

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I scanned some scrapbook paper and printed it off – into my erosion bundle it went! More lovely rust stains. But do you see that darkish  grey-blue stain in the bottom right corner above? The stain left by a blueberry!! Next is the other side of the paper…

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… delicious colours and textures…

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Scrapbook paper with rust stains, blueberry stains and paint. But look how beautifully aged and crinkled the paper looks – this paper was white copy paper when it started out! Next is a detailed section of the above pic…

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Next the reverse side of the above paper…

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The two dark marks in the above pic on the left are blueberry remains! Here’s a more detailed look…

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Another detailed view of the same piece of paper…

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Beautiful blueberry stains and rust…

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Lovely turquoise paint stains. Do you see the white mark on the right of the above pic? It’s the remains of an effervescent vitamin C tablet! Nothing is sacred when it comes to an erosion bundle… Next is the reverse side of the paper…

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In the top right corner is another one of those tell tale blueberry stains. But do you notice some tiny bits in the rusty stain in the bottom right corner? When I looked at them closely I realized they were raspberry seeds! The raspberries didn’t leave any colour in my erosion bundle but they did leave their seeds behind for some added texture! Next a close up view of the blueberry stain:

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Well, this is going to conclude Part 1 of my Winter Erosion Bundle results. There will be a Part 2 and a Part 3 in due course! This was a very big erosion bundle and the results were very mixed and varied. I will also post larger more detailed pics in my ART GALLERY as soon as I can.

These papers will get stored very carefully till I decide on the right project to use them on. As a girl in love with colour and texture, I find these erosion bundle results very exciting! A blog friend called this “garden art” – I like that! Nature is very good at creating it’s own art!

What I love most of all about these papers and all the other papers from erosion bundles is that they are all totally UNIQUE, ORIGINAL and ONE OF A KIND! There will never be another one exactly the same ever… !

Colour & Texture Inspiration

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This the detail on a lobster pot at St. Ives harbour, Cornwall (UK). I love these wonderful seaside colours ~ they work so well together

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This is a piece of hand bleached indigo denim with a rusty key I found, again the colours and textures work so well together. They inspire me…

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Back in St. Ives harbour, more lobster pot details. These wonderful colours make me want to get my paints out… I see Cerulean Blue, Emerald, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and background colours of Paynes Grey and Raw Umber…

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Fishing nets catching the sun in St. Ives harbour. All the above photos were taken  using a Canon 60 mm macro lens.

These photos inspire me to the point where I can feel an art project developing in my mind…

Vintage Dyed Fabrics

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Vintage dyed fabrics… lace, silk, organza, jute, cotton, denim, scrim, string…

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dyed with tea, coffee, acrylic paint, rust, turmeric…

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Above is some distressed silk – distressed and dyed with bleach and vinegar and rust…  (it was originally cream coloured!)

All these fabric pieces look wonderfully vintage after being dyed and all of them will get used in mixed media art projects in time. It’s so useful to have a supply of vintage dyed fabrics ready for use…

Art & Beauty In Decay

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On August 22nd 2016 I made an erosion bundle pictured above. It’s a stack of paper and some fabric sandwiched together with all sorts of things – random blobs of paint, tea bags, rusty objects, tumeric etc. I tied it with string and then placed it in the garden to let the elements work their magic on it. On Sunday (27th November 2016), 3 months later, I decided to see how it was doing. It was looking rather worse for wear! So I decided to bring it indoors and open it up! Would you like to see what I ended up with… ??

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Those of you who have done this before will know that you have to peel the damp papers apart very carefully. When my fragile papers came apart I found I had lots of beautifully  stained, aged papers and fabric with wonderful colours and textures…

This is a more detailed view of the above picture:

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Can you imagine how these lovely colours and textures will look in some mixed media art or collage?

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Next is the other side of the above piece of paper:

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With erosion bundles you never know what you’re going to end up with so I was over the moon to see such wonderful colours, textures and stains on my papers…

This is a more detailed view of the above picture:

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This piece of indigo denim  became totally fused together with the papers that surrounded it – they are totally inseparable! Next is a picture of  the other side:

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The rust apparently seeped through all the layers of paper and fabric, along with tea stains from the tea bags…

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What awesome textures – the hint of green colour in the above picture is where some turmeric mixed with some turquoise paint…

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Three months in my garden and these papers look like they could be hundreds of years old! Some lace has become beautifully antique looking…

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Paint stained and rusted indigo denim:

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The rusty items in my erosion bundle became even more rusty and were covered in paper and paint…

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These delicate papers will be now stored very carefully somewhere nice and flat till I get to use them in some art. The fabrics will go into my fabric stash ready for use and the rusty items will get reused again in another project!

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my erosion bundle results. I really enjoy doing erosion bundles and I’ve already got some good  ideas for my next erosion bundle…