Ready to dive into those materials beyond simply papers and paint?
The sky is the limit here as far as up-cycling and re-purposing goes - just keep the bulk down if you are making mail art or your postage costs will escalate drastically, and things might get damaged in transit.
Not mailing your finished creations?
Then go for it! GO WILD :o)
Today, I will move through the later stages of the postcards you have already seen me start in previous videos.
Additional recommendation on top of the matt gel/matt medium I recommended in Module one (again, as always, ENTIRELY optional!) : :
Fabri-Tac by Deacon (sometimes called Fabri-Fix)
Your runny matt medium or craft glue will easily adhere thin papers and a little will go a long way as it spreads so very well. There is truly nothing wrong with that at all. Same with the glue stick, if you are happy with the results. IF you are having difficulty sticking heavier ephemera, or if you want to add more solid embellishments, or if you are finding that your pieces are moving around before they set/dry, then read on...
Your slightly thicker gel medium, matt gel (e.g. "heavy gel"), craft glues & tacky glues will be much better at adhering thicker papers, card, cardboard, trimmings, textured materials, netting, embellishments etc.
For heavier materials still, embellishments, non-flexible materials, and thick/heavy/stiff cardstock and cardboard, will require a thicker, stronger glue that doesn't take long to dry such as heavy gel medium, or crafts glues which are designed to stick a multitude of materials such as plastic, metal, fabric, leather and glass, my favourite of which is by Deacon.
If / when you do choose to invest in some Fabri-Tac I assure you that you won't only be using it for mixed media art as it comes in so handy around the home - from re-fixing a hem without sewing, to mending tears in material, or breakages in the home. It is fabulous stuff, it adheres almost any material like wood, fabric, glass, metal, and paper, and it does not yellow over time.
(Loctite, Gorilla and other brands do similar grab-fast, glues as well but do check that they dry clear and do not yellow with age).
I include some quick-links for you here but as I said in the very first materials video, please do use what you have already, be it sticky-fixers, glue dots, double-sided tape, glue sticks or PVA glue.
DO NOT let this be an excuse to stop creating and playing and experimenting!
8 - Accenting Our Layers
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Now it's your turn!
Please share your layers, your materials and even when things go a bit pear-shaped for you (perhaps a medium didn't behave how you expected it to, or you accidentally mixed a muddy colour).
It's all good.
Each time we share with honesty, it helps someone else reach out for connection, be a little bolder and maybe even help change their inner dialogue.
We are always so much kinder to other people than we are to ourselves aren't we?
So please, come on over to The Playroom (and let me know if it is OK for me to share your pics and videos), and we shall collect some of them below, right here on this page to egg one another one and to demonstrate just how different and unique our creations can be.
Let's inspire each other with the novel ways we upcycle and put together our vast array of materials and paints and ephemera and embellishments (more about embellishments soon).
We'll add your images here as we go, to inspire one another. Feel free to share your photos in The Playroom, and if let me know if you are happy for me to place them here too, for inspiration...
Links to workshop pages : :
Gather, connect, play, experiment and share ideas in...
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