As already chronicled by Debbidipity, at the end of last month our EG enjoyed a day long workshop by Lynne Porter called ‘The Midas Touch’ wherein we had the chance to play with lots of shiny metallic things.
Lynne’s organisation was superb. We had three groups, with three sets of activities on a rotation and three kits with samples of all the things we needed for each activity. She demonstrated to and set one group off at a time but once we had started there was so much to do and explore that no one had the chance to sit idle.
Lots of little experimental samples. Right up my street. 😮
Kit One was metals.
A small sheet of copper fed one way and then partly the other way through a paper ribbler and aluminium mesh embroidered with silk thread.
Embossing on copper (left) and copper coloured aluminium (right) gave very different effects.
Letter punches, embossing and hand lettering with a ballpoint pen on copper coloured aluminium.
Freehand drawing on copper with a ballpoint pen (left) and a ribbled piece of fine metallic mesh/fabric (right) which I love. It reminds me of damask.
Kit 2 was about applying gold to a surface and included, among other things, black velvet, gold coloured leaf, transfoil, double sided carpet tape and painted bondaweb.
We cut out shapes from carpet tape , put them on the velvet and removed the backing to leave the glue. Then we applied ‘gold’ leaf over the top.
It looks gorgeous but is quite thick and tacky.
Stitching over it was interesting but I don’t like the feel of it.
Then we used transfoil. I cut out a shape from the painted bondaweb and fused it to the velvet. Then I ironed the transfoil on top. I like the bits where the bondaweb shows through.
I thought I’d try it again with a spiral but for some reason it didn’t work and the transfoil pulled off the bondaweb so I ‘gold’ leafed it instead and stitched a wire shape I’d made playing with a ‘jig’ on top. One very sticky needle as a result.
Kit 3 contained card, paper, embossing powder, velvet, beads, some goldwork threads, memory foam and painted canvas.
Painted embossed memory foam. I enjoyed reheating it and watching the previous image vanish…
Gold card and variegated metallic madeira thread.
Beads and variegated metallic thread with painted canvas on velvet.
Plenty to play with, more than enough techniques to try out and best of all, enough in the packs for more opportunities to experiment further at home.
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