I began by making a stylised cutout of insect wings. This was to be the template for some of my experiments.
I used a piece of white cotton material with the heatpress set to 90. I tore yellow paper and put grey over the top. I like the intensity of the colours on this setting
Using the same cutout, I tore some grey and put light blue over the top. This time I reduced the heat press to 83. The colours came out a lot lighter. The impression of the stencil came out yellow even though the material was white. I still think it works well with the other colours even though it was unplanned
This is where it all went wrong. I started to get a bit big for my boots and decided to use some flocking. I made the mistake of putting the flocking over the whole image instead of cutting it in the shape of the bits I wanted to be flocked. The flocking ended up fusing the stencil between itself and the material. I managed to pull the stencil off while it was still warm, but it cant really be used again. This pattern that was left was quite interesting though, so I put some shiny gold paper over the top to see what happened. I notice that the gold paper stuck to some of the flocking as well as the areas that I had actually glued. I wonder if this always happens or if it is just on this piece. I feel like the work was worth putting on here because of what I have learned through it. It is no great masterpiece, but it’s also not altogether unpleasing on the eye (I’ve seen worse Christmas decs)
I didn’t use a template for this one, but cut out a leaf shape in yellow and then cut out the vein shape in light blue and then dark blue flocking. I used copper coloured shiny paper this time and once again, it stuck to the flocking as well as the glue
Using my leaf template, I added grey and blue paper. I wanted to keep it simple because I like the delicate pattern and didn’t want anything to draw away from it. I like the clean colours and lines
Working with the heatpress was a really good experience. It is lovely to experiment with, and it produces very quick results.