Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Well, hrm.

On Flickr, Kimberly suggested some stitching. I thought, WTF, I can't make it worse. :P

White plastic experiment with thread

I kind of don't hate it. But it's so white...except for the ambient cat hair, not visible in this photo.

Mettler Poly-Sheen, for those who keep track of such things.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fail du Jour

Meet Chairman Bob:
Chairman Bob

He's been leering at me from my bathroom garbage can for some months.

I'm probably the last person on the planet to try last summer's trend of melting plastic bags to create...melted plastic. I had visions of Wahol-esque dozens of Chairman Bobs on a single sheet.

Found a tutorial that suggested using the "rayon" setting. First try with plain white. Ick:
Melted plastic bags
It took about half an hour of increasing the heat all the way past "wool" before anything melted. Instead of being a smooth sheet like the various pictures around the web, it feels more like that crumply plastic with the sanitary lining the grocery store puts between the meat and the styrofoam tray. Blecch.

Multiple Bobs:
Too many Bobs
Looked OK before the fusing; afterwards--ick.

Line of Bobs:
Four Bobs
Not as exciting as the image in my head. And the toner from the Unwanted Printout I was using to keep melted plastic off my iron transfered on to the piece. Bah.

Solo Bob:
Solo Bob
From a distance he looks like I could use him, but there's visible cat hair in it. There was an incredible amount of static electricity generated by the bags, and the cat hair that gravitated toward the bags while they were in storage was impossible to remove, when I could even see it under three layers of plastic.

So much for Warhol Bobs. I'm not terribly distressed, since the whole project is probably a copyright violation. But I don't have any interest in jumping on the "repurposed" plastic bandwagon--it's too tacky.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Further experiments with PVA

Well, the Spider-Man cape was not as cool as the Talking Megatron from his cousins, but I've moved on.

I rescued some pages of memory dumps from the Unwanted Printout Pile at work on Friday. I have about three reams of Unwanted Printouts, but very little of it is this interesting. Maybe I should have used the boring stuff to experiment...

They make fairly boring paper fabric:

After cutting out some bits and realizing they were quite fun except for the black-on-white, color experiments.

Watercolor pencils brushed with water before PVA:

Watercolor pencils smeared only by watered-down PVA:

No pencil, only a single drop of fluid acrylic mixed with the PVA:

I probably could have used two or three drops.