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Playing with Tyvek

Playing with Tyvek

My art group met at the first of June and we played with Tyvek. We were inspired by Karen L’s recent post here.  We cut up Tyvek envelopes, painted and heated them with a variety of heat tools including an iron and heat guns.

Paula had already made a few samples but we wanted to heat them a bit more than just the light heating that causes bubbling. The results are much more lace like.

Here’s another before and after. The results are really organic. So you just have to decide when you want to stop the melting process.

So everybody started painting Tyvek sheets.

Then we started melting them. These are Deb’s and she used the heat gun and then added some shimmery spray ink afterwards.

Here are a couple of Sally’s pieces. She stitched the leaves on the sewing machine before melting.

Here’s another one of Paula’s that turned out looking like a bunny.

Here are a couple that Louise made. The one on the right reminds me of forest floor.

And here’s one that I did. I added the darker blue paint on the high points after melting. I am looking forward to seeing how everyone uses their Tyvek experiments. I am planning on adding some acrylic mediums and paint and mounting them on a canvas.

Tidying, Rediscovering, and Inspiration

Tidying, Rediscovering, and Inspiration

I’ve been having a big tidy up this week, so haven’t had much time to make anything. And not having space to make anything is one reason for the tidy up! It’s amazing how just not putting things away properly can soon build up to one giant mess. One of the few positives to tidying up is re-discovering things. The first thing I was happy to find is a chiffon scarf I must have bought over 20 years ago. I don’t think it’s silk, but it really is nice. It looks like it was made from a larger piece:

The second small scarf I found was a silvery grey silk one which was my mum’s. I’ve thought about making a nuno piece out of it:

I bought a few large silk scarves around November last year. They’ve got sequins sewn on, and I thought I’d try one for a nuno scarf. They’re not the kind of thing I’d usually buy, but they were knocked down from £20, to £2!:

And, if you’re like me, a big part of tidying up invoves playing about with stuff you’re meant to be tidying! For some reason I kept a load of little paper hearts from the hole-punch I use on tags:

And then I found a lens from a small kaleidoscope (I used to buy them for photography!), so had to have a play. This is a soft wispy piece I made at the well being centre recently:

And this is some Kevlar fibre/thread:

One thing I did find got me thinking about Ruth’s first Quarter Challenge. Tyvek envelopes. I’ve only played around with them once, fairly recently, and just held a couple of pieces over the gas rings on the stove:

I don’t know what I’ll do with the unmelted ones yet, but they have potential!

If you have any tips for keeping tidy, feel free to leave them!