This page will build into a series of free classes. In this first 'issue' I am offering a class on Shrinking Plastic as a downloadable PDF. This is the the first part of a two-parter on Shrinking Plastic. If you would like to download this, just click here. Next week I will build on this and show how I make my Shrinky Books.
Tute 2: Oiled, Crumpled and Scrunched
It is not essential to stitch into the paper but I like to add some simple stitches. You can stitch before or after oiling – the thread seems to be unaffected by the oil. Be guided by the shapes in the design – here the tree trunks are emphasised with straight stitch and the linear aspects are enhanced by further straight stitching. Seeding stitches look good too.
If using card as a backing, cut it to size – slightly larger than the paper, but remember that this will shrink when it is manipulated. I use a glue stick as it has good sliding properties and takes longer to dry. Alternatively, PVA can be used but has a tendency to saturate if too much is applied. Lay down an area of glue in the centre of the card.
Finally enhance the raised areas with gilding wax, such as Treasure Gold, or gesso. Apply this, very lightly, a little at a time, using your fingers.
I favour gesso although it is not the easiest to use as it dries on the finger. Have wet wipes handy and wipe your fingers often. If the gesso is thick add a tiny amount of water – not enough to make it runny, just workable. The rule is to use a very small amount – you can always add, but taking away will involve a repaint! You will be surprised how much surface detail the gesso reveals.
Here is the final piece, and a detail.
That is it. There are lots of extension options such as:
- Using thicker paper and crumple less
- Printing on brown paper
- Try magazine pages
- A very pale design with lots of white gives a translucent effect