(Paper Learning Log Pages 16-18)
Exercises 1 Joining flush edges & Exercise 2 Joining straight edges with a gap
Thinking about ‘thermal’ joins, which require heat to activate the joining method, plastics, fruit net, an iron and baking paper were explored.
Using an iron through baking paper, it is possible to melt fruit net enough to adhere to milk container plastic but its a flimsy join and using the hinge action causes the netting to come away from the plastic.
Using two layers of fruit netting was more effective but still not stable enough for an effective hinge.
Seeking a more flexible plastic proved more suitable.
This fused easily. Straight edges with a small gap and an effective two way hinge. Visually dull. With a more discerning eye, the following materials were selected.
This works well, the colour combination is good, the material is thinner and reacted more to the heat of the iron creating textural interest. Putting the netting behind the two pieces to be joined made the join more integral. It is also more interesting from the reverse.
Enjoying the properties of the fruit net and plastic, the detail was explored and sketched with pen and watercolour pencil, scratched into wax covered inked paper, stencilled onto ink dyed paper and rubbed onto different papers:
Still considering ‘thermal’ joins, a wax taper was used to join 150gsm khadi paper enclosed in backing paper and ironed.
This was quite exciting, using wax with paper is new to me and I love the increase in visual texture where the wax has increased translucency.
An effective join, cumbersome but lots of potential to explore wax to join and to change the surface of paper.
A little diversion to explore wax:
Soya wax, hydrangea petals on khadi paper. A bit too much wax, and a white bloom caused by soya wax. Nice pierced effect where stitched to page.
More appealing, batik wax, less wax, more transparent, less white bloom, higher melting point (more patience with iron). Will buy beeswax and try later.
Very excited by this tiny sample. Love the effect of the batik wax on the linen scrim. The soft fringe ‘frozen in the moment’, the dried petals melting into the scrim, the differences in the warp and weft highlighted by the effect of the wax.
Using beeswax, attempted to wax petals to linen cotton scrim, not working well, so added a layer of tea bag paper to enclose the petals. More effective where the wax has penetrated the paper allowing more detail of the petal to show through. Beeswax has a natural colour, and would complement a neutral palette.
Comparing parcel paper waxed, waxed and crumpled, crumpled and plain:
The network of fine lines contrast well with the darker areas on the waxed and crumpled paper, giving a weathered appearance. A means of assembling a toning palette.
Exercise 4 Overlapping Edges
Soya wax used to join two pieces of tea bag paper. Hydrangea petals sandwiched between the join and adhered to one piece. Successful join, need to be sparing with soya which makes it less ‘adhesive’ but more translucent. The tea bag paper is too white, which is emphasised by the white wax and doesn’t complement the petals.
Some additional wax samples with overlapping edges:
Exercise 3 Joining curved edges that create a gap
Really pleased with this sample:
Crumpled music torn and rejoined with a cotton scrim insert using beeswax pellets, baking sheet and an iron. the paper was crumpled before the addition of wax. Crumpling after waxing produces lovely fine lines (not illustrated here). Natural beeswax gives a more aged look, the wax creates a translucency that allows the music printed on the reverse to show through adding to the visual texture. . The scrim has hardened slightly adding form and preserving the wrinkles, raw edges and curving lines of the warp and weft.
Exercise 2 Joining straight edges with a gap which become greater
Linen scrim sandwiched between baking paper with batik wax and ironed. The wax brings out the weft like woodgrain and the raw edges are captured in time. Stitched with black linen in half-cretan stitch which creates good join, capable of making an angle and particularly suitable for hanging.