With a new year looming it was decided a month or two ago that it was time to re-introduce a demo/mini workshop each month to refresh our technique skills or indeed to even learn a few new ones! So Sue kicked this off with a repeat of the May 2011 demo on how to make faux leather from brown paper. We had fun! there were a number of glue solution (Aquadhere 1: 3 water) applications to A4 sized sheets of brown paper of varying thicknesses…. some were coated on both sides,or glued together in the case of the thinner sheets, which were pegged to a portable clothes line to dry in the sun – and other sheets left without the glue application. While the glue sheets were drying, we got stuck in and crumpled and crumpled and crumpled until our hands tired…. then we brought in the now dry glue coated stiffer sheets and crumpled and crumpled and re-crumpled…… the results were looking pretty good. We found that the more we crumpled, the softer the paper became… The glue applications were variable in their success…. generally we obtained a more open texture with these, but some found the paper became quite brittle and tore more easily, in particular the thinner paper. The untreated papers were softer and finer textured, and thick paper plus glue was a little harder work to crumple…. No “in progress” photos of this stage of the process I am sorry to say!
Once the papers were crumpled there was a bit of experimentation with applying colour, so out came a variety of paints, pastels and shiva sticks…. lumiere paint was a good choice, shiva sticks needed more work and a long time to dry, being oil paint sticks, dye na flow and acrylic inks were very liquid and tended to flatten out all the hard earned texture, but this resolved itself as the paper dried. Rub n buff was another application to highlight the higher areas of the texture achieved.
I have turned my few pieces into samples for future reference – the plan being to start a reference book of technique samples for the group to refer to in the future, should anyone wish to do so. Can’t wait to see what everyone else is doing with their pieces! Here are some pics of the sample pages I have done, and also a couple of images showing articles made utilising the faux leather .
MOVING ON, we had show and tell of sorts, which was a little sparse but interesting – Ryl had the most to show…
After all that there was still our collaborative work, the Brisbane Challenge, to admire and compare notes… we are making steady progress…. Sue and Brenda both left theirs behind accidentally, but they haven’t progressed from last month anyway so no one was too concerned…. next time!