The MMATC (Mixed Media Artist Trading Card) Yahoo Group Rainbow Accordion Book swap has reached its 4th month. Having made and swapped 6×6 (inches) artist trading cards in January for rainbow colours red then in February, orange, March was the month for the yellow card swap. This is my effort.
Once all 7 colours are represented on cards and swapped, we each make up an accordion book with the cards received.
I duly sent on my yellow card, once finished (a bit late!) to a fellow participant.
Like the first two cards, it was made using fabric paper as developed by artist Beryl Taylor.
I decorated the back of my card this time, instead of simply painting the muslin. I painted it in various shades of yellow using diluted acrylic paint.
The circles that make up the triangle on the back – and those attached to the front of the card – were cut out of a curtain – picked up dirt cheap a couple of years back – made of synthetic organza.
Below are a few close-up shots of the card.
The first thing I did was to scrunch up some dried miniature daffodil heads and green-purple hydrangea petals and glue them randomly to the surface of the fabric paper. I then glued a sheet of semi-opaque paper over the top of this. I got it from a book of multi-coloured pages of thick pastel paper – there was one between each of the coloured pages.
Before adding this sheet, I printed an image onto it of yellow swirls (see penultimate image below). This originated as a sheet of black and white metallic wrapping paper. I scanned a section of it then changed the black swirls into yellow swirls using Adobe Photoshop 9.
I do think the result, on my card, resembles (mouldy) pizza topping! But I promise it’s not pizza – or even worse – used pizza topping (if you get what I mean)!
You never know what you’re going to end up with when you experiment! (Maybe pizza topping would be a good idea – scanned that is, not glued to a postcard and stuck in the post – though something similar has been done and exhibited in Tate Britain.
The detail to the left is of some chestnut catkins. I collected a bundle of these during a walk I did last year, through a mixed forest of mainly lime and chestnut trees.
The catkins are sitting on a try-out of a monotype I did a couple of years ago using a printing plate of food gelatin. I attached one of the catkins to my card using fabric glue. I then sewed it down here and there with coloured hemp thread and a darning needle. Finally I gave it a coat of extra strong hair spray. (See the photo to the right).
Making gelatin printing slabs is fun. I’ll write about it sometime. They’re quick to make and will last a week or so if kept in the fridge.
You can now buy a synthetic type of gelatin plate. They’re called Gelli plates. I sent for one recently.
I had to wait for my plate as they weren’t shipping outside the US, but within weeks I was able to have one delivered from a London stockist: Intaglio Printmaker . They sell both sizes of Gelli Plate. An even bigger one is in production, according to Gelli Arts.
Not mentioned is how delicious they smell! I could sniff my Gelli Plate all day. It’s not like pizza, though. It’s mineral oil, used in the production process.
Also included in the card were cotton strands used in upholstery, which I dyed yellow with turmeric, like this muslin strip. (I boiled them in the same pan. They came out different shades of yellow). I glued the strands to my card with fabric glue and also lashed them down using fine gold-coloured wire and a darning needle.
And I used gold metallic wrapping paper decorated with geometric patterns and dots and narrow organza-type ribbon.
I fastened down the loose ends of the hemp threads on the reverse side of the front of the card with Micropore tape before sealing the back completely with iron-on Vylene interfacing (medium) which is used for example inside collars to stiffen them. I turned in all four edges first. Then I fused this to the yellow muslin back using Heat-n-Seal Ultra, which is double-sided. First you iron down one side to a surface, then peel off the backing and iron-on the next layer, in this case, my muslin backing. The company that makes these products is Hemline Groves.
I glued my pyramid of circles to the card using fabric glue, called (strangely) Fabric Glue and it’s made by The Craft Factory.
And here’s one I made earlier!
- MMATC Group Rainbow Accordion Book: Orange (annisik51.wordpress.com)
- MMATC Group Rainbow Accordion Book: ORANGE (annisik51.wordpress.com)
- MMATC Group Rainbow Accordion Book: Red (annisik51.wordpress.com)
- Rainbow Accordion Book Artist Trading Card : RED (annisik51.wordpress.com)
- Adult/Teen Art Class with Kristine Brock (bplnh.wordpress.com)