"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Sticky Tyvek printing

Listen! You hear the grating roar
of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling
Matthew Arnold















I like to experiment with Tyvek and use it in my work. You may know that when Tyvek is heated it distorts, bubbles up and creates interesting concave and convex textures depending on which side you apply the heat. Well, I came across some Tyvek luggage tags on ebay. They are a nice size to "play" with and they make interesting shaped samples for a sketchbook. I painted a pebble shape on one with acrylics and then heated the tag to distort the pebble shape

Then I put a Tyvek tag through my inkjet printer and printed a couple of pebble shapes






















I heated the Tyvek to distort the pebble shapes a little. I noticed that applying heat to the printed inks made them hot and sticky so I quickly took a print of the pebbles on card






















Here you can see some more samples sticking out of the side of my sketchbook ... a taster of what is coming next!















Just a little post today! Have a lovely weekend!

Carolyn ♥

13 comments:

JP said...

wow Carolyn these are just fantastic

TIFLIN ART & TEXTILES said...

Your sketch books must be full of so much interesting and varied work. always inspiring.

Pom Pom said...

I can just imagine your work area and you working like the creative scientist, cooking your art materials!

vintagerockchick said...

I should spend more time experimenting and less time thinking about it! I want to come and browse through your sketchbooks. I've been saving tags from 'New Look' which I think are made of Tyvek. (I don't think I'm really New Look's target audience but a T shirt is a T shirt!)

Corinna Nitschmann said...

I'm sure that every heated plastic emits toxic waste gas. Aren't you afraid breathing it in?

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I am enjoying following your experiments. Your book is going to be wonderful when it is finished. Do you want any A4 Tyvek?

Kella said...

Very cool, I have recently learn't about tyvek, so its nice to see how others work with it too.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Yum Yum...the taste is great. Can't wait to see what comes after the appetizer.

Deborah said...

Wonderful! You're inspiring me to consider a heat gun!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

You're having too much fun Carolyn!

ieva jansone said...

oh what a great idea!!
looks awesome

Ela Kreativ said...

Hi Carolyn, thank you! Your work is wunderful and bolsters me up.
Renate

mano said...

I am fascinated by your experiments. The results are very inspiring. I love your sketchbook!