Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Year of the Pig _ Happy New Chinese Year

This Little Piggie...stayed at home.....

After discovering the qualities of Angelina Fibre and Film from the previous post project (sourced from Colourcraft Ltd) I was keen to work with it some more.

With the Chinese New Year  and last month, a wonderful challenge on the FB page United by Art showing two little piglets, I took my inspiration from there.

I love these groups as I love a challenge
Photo is taken from Pixabay so free from Copyright

I sketched this little guy in my sketchbook and worked out how I was going to approach this.

I already had alot of left overs of the fibres and film from the fish project, but wanted to create a new sheet with more pinks to represent his skin.

As this is a piglet, he/she is also quite hairy too.                       SEE VIDEO HERE

Materials Used 

Angelina fibres (warm sample pack)
Angelina Film 
Card for template and pen
Sewing machine
Matching and contrasting threads

Scrap of denim and Raffia

I traced him from my sketch 

 To create a template to use with my sheet of new fabric created from Angelina

Template on far left

I selected the colours that I wanted to blend together and then pressed
with a medium iron to fuse them together

This gave me a sheet of pink hues that I needed
I then used my template to draw and cut around the head 
I cut out some ear shaped film (from the top)
and pulled some white strands and pressed to the top of the head

 Using my sewing machine I followed the detail from my sketch that I wanted to include and
added a trough and some straw

This is what she looks like from the back - so very little details
But effective

I added the trough with some bleached denim and added the yellow middles
with a yellow sharpie
and added the straw (raffia)

If you missed it above

I think I will change the frame for a larger one and make sure the background is smoothed out more by ironing on some vilene interfacing.  It will help stiffen the piece too

Great fun and more projects on their way.

Angelina materials were supplied by Colourcraft Ltd My goto  for craft/textile materials

A bientot
Bix x

Friday, February 1, 2019

Angelina Fish - January 2019

Fish Project using Angelina Fibres

Guest Crafter - Bixxy Nash

This month I will be working with two elements from the Colourcraft Ltd catalogue that I have never used before.  Actually I had never heard of the material before. I chose these items because of this. I like the challenge.

So before I knew it I offered to create a project using both Angelina Fibres and Angelina  film together with some other bits and bobs that I have lying around my studio and that would suit the project.

This will mainly be a textile project and I will be using my sewing machine set to free motion stitching.  More of this can be found on Youtube if you are not familiar with the concept. 

I have also selected some papers and fabrics that I had previously Gel printed and kept in my “maybe later” draw.

Materials Used 

Angelina fibres (warm sample pack)
Angelina Film 
Netting from vegetables
Card for template and pen
Iron on Bondaweb  (to secure the stitches if cutting out fish)
Sewing machine
Matching and contrasting threads
Any other scraps of lace or thread 

The fibres and the film are selected by colour choice and pulled apart thinly (or as much as you wish) and  are fused together by heat, in this instance a medium iron. 

They need to be pressed between two sheets of parchment paper (baking paper)

Keep the iron on a medium to low setting till it works for you. 
 Too hot and the medium will burn .  You will know when it does not look right

Play until you are happy with the look that you get. 
When the film is heated it is normal that it changes colour and is really beautiful in different lights.

Pull apart the fibres and mix the colours and lay them down on the sheet in a thin layer working out where you want the colours.  the fibres and film will adhere to each other, but not to most other things.  This in turn will effectively become one sheet of unique material that can be used in sewing and collage.  Here I have used the netting from a fruit bag and laid it between the fibres.  Other materials such as beads and threads and lace can also be used. I also tried bubble wrap and although the wrap didnt cling to the fibres the indent of the bubble remained.  

 Angelina Fibres can be found here in various colourways

I recently did a commission that needed to include Mackerel and since then have decided to look a little closer at these pretty fish and this led to my inspiration for this project

Gone Fishing - by Bixxy Nash 2018

This painting is called Gone Fishing is depicting fishing for mackerel in the Solent in the south of England to include a fort and the Portsmouth spinaker as well as the fish on a line.

Reference pic
Have you have ever studied fish? Its amazing how many colours you can see in their skin, especially fish like Mackerel and Tuna being the most common.  I did this sketch on craft paper so that the colours showed up more and tried to define the patterns in his upper body.  This will be shown in black thread on the finish piece

I began with choosing my colours carefully in both the fibres and the film and laid them out carefully in between baking parchment and pressed them using a medium iron.  I inserted some netting to represent the scales and the the colours included pink, yellow and white  and the top I used the film Green/bronze.

The result was a fused sheet of fibres and film and net will represent the colours skin of the fish.

The "fabric" is now very easy to cut and shape. I drew around my template to create three fish in total and reviewed the effect.
I cut them out.

I decided to add another layer of film along the top so that the green/bronze would be the stronger colour and made sure each had a piece of netting integrated into the weave

I decided to lay the fish on a piece of Gel printed baby wipe that I had in my "to use later" box.  These wipes are great when dried and very manageable in sewing

 The effect at this stage is quite subtle and wont really come together until the details are stitched

I then did a larger one as a test piece so I could practice stitching the details.

Here is a close up

I was ready to zigzag the fish onto the backing to secure them.

This is what they look like from the back

 I found some calico to use as a total background.
 and stitched the details of each fish in black,  taking my time with the machine.

 You can see this more clearly from the back of the work
(mmm I should have used a larger piece of fabric.....oh well next time!!!!)

Here is the finished piece called Rip Tide

and in detail.  

The effects are very subtle but at the same time very strong.

I was very happy with the results of using Angelina Fibre and film and see great potential in future projects.

After I cut out this fish I decided to add this fish a Gel print I did of the lake

I have already started other projects using Angelina and will try and do a video for a more detailed demonstration of the medium.

Colourcraft Ltd have many other craft materials for the textile artist and crafters alike. Perfect for schools and groups too.   Well worth a browse at their website

I hope this has inspired you to have a go and thank you for reading this article.
If you have any queries at all please  free to ask.

Please visit me on my blog for more about this and other projects

Bixxy Nash