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

Friday, 28 April 2017

Surface Treatment Workshop - week 9

for week 9 of the Surface Treatment Workshop
my sister Evelyn and I explored the properties of Golden Medium Fiber Paste

Fiber Paste  is a runny white paste with a grainy texture
which can be applied to paper to make it flexible like a fabric
and, once dried, has many uses and applications

I used a palette knife to apply some of the paste to a few sheets of A4 paper and left to dry

for my first few samples I tried printing some vintage images on the fibrous paper
by loading the fiber paste paper into the paper tray of my inkjet printer

you can see that the fiber paste paper has an intense grain
and a lot of the detail was lost compared to regular printing (below)
so, personally, I'm not really keen on the effect so the "grain" is a negative thing for me

Evelyn printed a couple of her photos in colour and hers were lovely

below ... just playing with the depth of field
and giving the woman big feet and long legs

the next few samples are about embedding ...

"snippets" can be embedded in wet fiber paste and, when dry, it can be painted too
I decided to check out these qualities by making a collage
using up snippets of fabric and cutting up pieces of art work

I spread fiber paste over an A4 sheet of paper (100gsm) with a palette knife
then quickly added snippets of fabric and bits of artwork into the wet paste ... then left to dry

the paste was like glue and the snippets were very well embedded in the paste

then I painted around the snippets using watered down acrylics
and blending the colours with more water

next I ironed on gold foil which picked up and highlighted the texture

some details ...

then I cut up into six pieces and re-arranged

now a lovely positive thing about fiber paste on paper is that it's very flexible
it gives a sheet of paper the quality of a fabric
which means that I'm able to sew into my little samples if I wish
and now I'm beginning to like fiber paste ...

I also used the fiber paste through a stencil
when the fiber paste was dry I painted with acrylics and h2o paints
and later I ironed on some gold to enhance

and ... finally it's possible to rust fiber paste paper ...

samples below are ...

left - rusting in wet fiber paste
right - rusting after the fiber paste has dried

in conclusion, I doubt I will use the rest of my pot of fiber paste
so I'm going to hand it over to my sister who loved it
and will actually use it with her lovely photography

next up - drawing grounds


Evelyn said...

A lovely interesting collection of samples - lovely collages, especially the mussel shell ones... !

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I was enjoying the samples - until - I saw the rusty ones and I am pretty sure my heart skipped a beat. I LOVE that!!!

Carol Rigby said...

I like the result of the photographic print on the fiber paste. The difference in the rusted specimen's are very interesting. They are so different.

Tanya Rogers said...

Love all these experiments - great results too! x

Jean F said...

I too love all these samples,i think the colours are beautiful.