Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Out of focus

I'm still working on a list of things I've set myself, one being the use of polymer without paint.  Hmm. Paint withdrawal - not a pretty sight here, but I'll persevere!

Since I have become interested in using images on polymer, this has naturally rekindled my interest in photography - and also in blogs that post photographs of interest to me.  It's difficult to define precisely  what  interests me but  I've been looking more critically at my shots and deleting lots.  A couple of things occur to me here.

 When I was at school for design in glass,  I had a drawing teacher who simultaneously inspired me and annoyed me (isn't that the role of the gifted arts teacher?).  We had a schoolwide project (teachers included) to assemble disparate objects into some sort of sculpture.  We were each given 20 objects - no personal choice was involved.  I remember having a mini 'aha' moment when I looked at my drawing teachers' finished work.  He had taken dark brown micro-crystalline wax and had coated each of his given objects so that only the form remained and had then assembled them into quite a powerful and resolved piece.  All those competing voices were silenced...

I'm finding (late in life, it's true) that focus in photography works that way.  Sometimes when things are blurred, the competing elements are damped down a little and the form or structure is more powerfully evident.  Like this picture of my son opening his birthday present-

Or this, of my front yard,

Which became after fiddling -

So many images, so little time!  My son is in his own world, it makes me laugh! And  oh yes, I'm quite certain my drawing teacher will never read this blog....

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Credit where it's due...

 I realized that in my haste to post about printing on baked clay I neglected to give credit to the person who invented it - shame on me!  You can read all about it on Foah Designs website.  I was very hesitant to try it because printers and I have a long history of disasters together, but eventually I convinced myself by acknowledging that my printer was already 10 years old and I would love a new one anyway.  If you follow her directions exactly in the tutorial,  it works perfectly!  I love the qualities of the finished print.  It is perfect for flat applications ( but sadly not for beads, I'm still researching that..), but the print is fragile and needs to be protected with a layer of liquid polymer for durability.

I think Foah Designs is Pam Hall.  I'm guessing this from looking at  her Etsy shop - but I'm going to email her and thank her for sharing the results of her experimentation!

Here is a picture of one of her lovely wallets made using this technique:

Friday, February 5, 2010

A little tardy

Just thought I'd post my contribution to St Valentine, a little late, certainly, but with a lot of research and effort behind it.  I look at it and I'm pleased, but there is a part of me that says ' so much for so little'!  It was ever thus while one learns a new craft.  Perhaps next Valentine's day, I'll know where I'm headed.

Can you tell I'm not a big fan of this day?  We all celebrate in our own way, and I guess I do it by trying to learn something.  I learned that the most beautiful transfers are printed right on to cured polymer going through my injet printer!  I love the way they look - like a beautiful print!

Enjoy your St Valentine's Day in your own way, all of you!