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.

13 comments:

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Well, aren't you the talented smarty pants....love your beads.

lori vliegen said...

hello little mad scientist! it looks like you've created some really FUN stuff!! those little square beads are genius (that's another word for "mad scientist")! :)

Susan Hartl said...

Oh Kim! I am so envious. I love what you are doing. Since school has started back, and with my husband being home on leave, I have not had the time to spend on what I would love to do. Now I want to run to my art room and create. Can't wait for your next creation!

jason said...

maps! I love maps.

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ArtPropelled said...

Kim, I seem to remember coating each piece with gel medium stops smearing. I havn't tried it myself though. Your new experiments are inspiring me to play. I do love that top image. Have a look at Katherine Treffingers guest artist Olivier Gilet (31st August). He uses huge Ink Jet map prints in his work.

Kim Hambric said...

Robyn, the problem is that when I coat the printouts with gel medium it smears.

Francesca said...

Kim, I use printouts a lot for collage and I find the only thing which helps with the ink running is a product called Ghiant Ink Jet Spray Fixative. Now I don't think that's available in the US but I'd bet there's something comparable you can get, maybe at Dick Blick or somewhere similar? (I got mine in an art supply shop)

I love using text and vintage maps too. Those pieces are beautiful.

self taught artist said...

thats really cool you are making beads out of paper. i think its always more fun when you come up with stuff on your own. like hearing about the maps too, will be interested to see those. good luck figuring out the ink problem.

layers said...

Because of my love of textures I love textiles-fabrics, papers, beads-- it is amazing how creative it all can be. interesting blog...

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

i especially love the brown fabric with the gold rings. cutting up maps sounds like fun!! i'll check back and see what you've done.

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