Monday, August 31, 2009
Mini Mad Scientist
I have had such fun lately with bits of paper and pots of glue. And scissors, and hole punches, and circle makers, and buttons, and markers, and stamps, and maps, and old books.
I'm sure I have not reinvented the wheel in coming up with my new creations, but my experiments have been my own. No instruction books. No tutorials. Just me and my paper and glue and . . .
I've had the best time making paper beads. I cut out very elongated triangles from "antique" books and roll them up with glue to make beads. I seal them with matte medium a couple of times to harden them. Then it's time for flat paper beads. I cut cardstock into squares, glue a stack of four squares together, then, perhaps, glue on a smaller contrasting bit of paper.
And then, of course, what I cannot make , I buy. I have been scouring the internet for vintage sequins and lucite beads.
And the maps! I've had a handful of maps in my collage collection for several years. I've never touched them until now. And I have a set of 20 vintage maps on the way. And a 1930's geography textbook. I have already completely destroyed one so another is on the way.
I am attempting to print out text with my ink jet printer and use it on my fabric beads. Unfortunately, once the glue touches the ink, it smears. Even if the paper has sat around for a couple of days to dry. I find it smears less when I use my finger to apply the glue than with a brush, but I haven't figured out how to prevent the smearing completely. After my disappointing experiments with this, I did resort to looking in my books. So many books mention using print outs and copies in collage, but no one ever mentions how to prevent ink smearage. Any ideas?
I have completed a small piece using a few of the materials shown in this photo. I will be doing a giveaway in the next few days so come back soon and have a look and see if you want to enter the contest.