Sunday, January 26, 2014

Table Cloth Texture and more!

It's been awhile since I've done a texture post and I have some fun new textures to share!

My recent surprise find was discovered when I went looking for a vinyl table cloth to put over our dining room table that I've recently oozed out on to.
 (You all know what I'm talking about right? When you just bring a few things to work on out of the studio, just temporarily and they never make it back in to the studio! I refer to that as oozing!)
 I'm using good sized teflon work surfaces but I felt better covering the whole table as well so there was no way I could ruin it. I found what I was looking for and I also found this awesome Lace looking vinyl cloth that I snatched up in a flash.



As you can see it's quite pretty with lots of leaves and swirly shapes and when I opened it up I was in heaven!! I couldn't wait to start rolling clay on to it.
I started to cut pieces out and found for a vinyl tablecloth it was very fragile.
It started ripping all over so I tried backing it with clear self adhesive backing.
I found that wasn't sticky enough so I tried packing tape which so far is much better.
I may end up changing to duct tape.

Here are some of my favorites!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177151384/hand-made-copper-goddess-component-1?ref=listing-shop-header-3
Goddess

I think this one might be my absolute favorite, It reminds me of a Goddess!
Love the shape and the texture is so fine and intricate.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177087073/copper-wagon-wheel-discs-1-pair-for?ref=shop_home_active_14
Wagon Wheels

These I call Wagon Wheels, can never have too many Discs!


Leaves

You also can't have too many Leaves!!
Since the table cloth itself is pretty fragile I've started to make 2 part molds of them as well.
It gives them a slightly different look that I really like and they will last forever so I can put away the table cloth pieces to protect them.

There are lots more textures from the Table cloth but I've played with
 scratch foam. <--- link to original scratch foam post!
Here are a couple of the newest textures I've made.

Hearts

Adore these little hearts. I poked a needle tool all the way through and it gives a very distinct look.
A much clearer dot than if you just use a stylus on the surface.
I'm going to use this technique more in the future.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KristiBowmanDesign/search?search_query=fish&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search
Fish

Here are some little fishies, simple but cute!

This last one is a very random texture I created with 2 part mold and some sticks.


Striped Oak Leaves

I like the little stripes that resulted in this.

I know I'm going to be asked what kind of 2 part mold I use, I've been using the Amazing Mold Putty for years and I love it. I always love the results.

The Scratch Foam comes from DickBlick.com
I'm sure there are other sources as well but that's where I got mine.

Some of these components are already listed in my Etsy shop and I hope to have more of them listed soon.

I hope you've enjoyed my texture tour, I'd love to know what you think!


Kristi

11 comments :

  1. Wow, love the idea of using the vinyl with clay for some neat textures.
    Think I have been oozing for years. LOL Everything just seems to work better at the table, maybe because I tend to clean up better so we can still eat. Ha

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    1. I knew I wasn't the only oozer out there! :)

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  2. I just love how you find different textures everywhere! I never would have thought of using a table cloth and yet I just love the designs you got from it.

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    1. I hadn't thought of it either to be honest but as soon as I saw it bells and whistles went off in my head and I'm so glad I found it!

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  3. What a great idea! I do love that table cloth. I am thinking of using lace or maybe burlap to press into some soft spackle spread on a square of fiberboard--to eventually be faux painted and used as a photo background. I need to take a day off from work just do all my photo background ideas! Scratch foam would be a great idea to put my own stuff on there! I love those dotted hearts too, the dots are so crisp!

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    1. I think lace or burlap either one would be great for faux painting. If you do it I'd love to see the result!

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  4. Great idea with that table cloth! I think I would make a two part mold of it so that you can use it over again, and it would be the reverse! I use scratch foam all the time and it is a great for getting some scratch doodles out and testing new looks. I just wish that it held up better, as some of my favorites were no good after a few impressions. These are wonderful! Love the lacy bits. Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. Believe me I'll mold a good portion of it!! Thankfully it's big and there are alot of the patterns I love repeated over and over. BUT if I see another one I might buy it as a back up.

      I've had quite good luck with my scratch foam holding up well. I do sometimes have to run the stylus through some of the lines again but for the most part I've used mine dozens of times and they are still working fine.

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  5. What gorgeous textures! I love how you find interesting textures in the most interesting places.

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  6. How your creative mind works and brings all those textures together amazes me!!! I love where they all come from.

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  7. Wow Kristi! That is SO cool! I *never would have guessed how you did the textures. I love it! Great beads!

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