Thursday, 2 May 2019

Creating Texture Pieces

I’m always looking for new ways to create materials and embellishments for my mixed media projects. I often create pieces using molds and air-dry clay.

Prima Marketing, which makes a wide range of products for altering art, recently released a new product, Re-Design Modeling Material. This product is very soft and pliable, which makes it easy to manipulate and press into molds. It dries to a hard, durable, plastic-like finish, which can be painted and applied to any art project. Here is a photo of some fossils that I made using Prima Marketing products (Paper Clay and Re-Design Modeling Material) with a Glaser Ceramic sprig fossil mold.

Since the Re-Design material is flexible as it dries, I had a lightbulb moment. Maybe I could create thin textured pieces by running the Re-Design material through a 3-D embossing folder and the Sizzix Big Shot machine. For this experiment, I used Stampin' Up's Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

The results were very successful. The modeling material was easy to remove from the embossing folder. You could probably brush on a bit of cornstarch to ensure easy lifting, but I didn't use any. The piece dried quickly; and, it can be trimmed to the size you want to use.

** Important: As it dries, you'll want to occasionally flip the piece and carefully flatten it out. You might want to place a piece of foil and a book over the piece as it dries to keep the edges from curling.

An embossed textured piece like this can be added to a canvas, notebook, or anything you'd like to alter.

I threw together a video for you to see how it works. I was in a hurry and didn't use a tripod, so please excuse the hasty camera work!