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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

An issue of Colour - By Friendly Plastic Artist Liz Welch

I think Liz Welch(Queen of Friendly Plastic Textures) shares some very wonderful tips on colourizing Friendly Plastic. She really achieves some great effects. Her ideas make a great addition to the Friendly Plastic TV video's too! She shares:



An Issue of Colour


Following on from all the interesting conversations on the FP blog about colouring Friendly Plastic, I have put together a sampling pack of colouring mediums for you to try out.


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The pack contains 10 sheets of Heat Transfer foils which are the quickest and easiest way of adding colour to the reverse side of your FP. This is most useful when you want to make jewellery and other items that are going to be viewed from both sides.

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Metal Flake which I love as it transforms Friendly Plastic scraps into a sophisticated material that looks a world away from plastic. You can see this in the image below, the large bead and two smaller beads next to the copper discs were made from scraps, but covered in FP that had had foil and powders added.. It is one of the reasons I love FP so much because it is so versatile and can be brash and bold, but also subtle and sophisticated.


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(My note:.....this is stunning Liz!)

Also in the Colouring Pack is a pot of Polished Pigment powders which are incredibly rich in colour and brush on to warm sticky FP with ease. Simply use one of those little make up sponges on a stick to apply the powder, it avoids the problem of powders becoming airborne, to the largest extent. Don’t forget the Polished Pigments also colour Friendly Plastic Pellets really well too.

The next colouring medium in the pack is a bottle of Adirondak Alcohol Ink. Once you have tried one of these you will be seeking out all the colours, they are fabulously mouthwatering. This ink can be applied to the foil surface of FP using brushes, felt pads, sponges etc. They can change the colour of the foil surface with ease, and if you saw what Jana Ewy was doing with her alcohol inks you will be dying to have a go. They also colour FP Pellets really well. The image below is just one small example of the inks with pellets, but if you have been following the blog you will have seen a number of other ideas too.


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Adirondak Ink Pens are also in the pack. These are great for adding details, drawing or writing on your FP sticks. Apply after you have used the alcohol inks or they will run and blur.

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Do remember to apply a clear acrylic sealant to your pieces after you have finished to protect them against wear and tear. I personally do not always go for the high gloss finish that Envirotex creates, it is absolutely fabulous in the right contexte, but I often prefer a more matt finish or at least a less obvious shine. Clear acrylic sprays or paint on sealants provide this for me.

So if you have been wanting to try out some of the colouring methods that have been discussed, pop over to www.rarebird.ltd and check out this great little pack of stuff.

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