Flour Paste Resist Tutorial | Part Two : Preparing and Applying the Resist

Now that your fabric has been prepared, it is time to mix the flour paste and slather it onto your clean and dried fabric! Yaaay!  *If you have not prepared your fabric you can find the steps on how to do so, in Part One of this tutorial!

 

STEP ONE: PREPARING THE FLOUR PASTE RESIST

In this step you’ll need your flour, water, bucket, an electric drill w/mixing a bit and a pouring pitcher.

In a medium bucket, mix flour and cold water together using a whisk or spoon, or an electric drill with a mixing bit attached.  Mix this mixture to a pancake like consistency.  If you experience lumping, continue mixing to remove as many as you can.  Do not worry about exact measurements, but if it helps, I used about 3 – 4 cups of flour for my table runner. Once your mixture has reach a smooth pancake batter like concistancy, pour into a pitcher and set it aside to prep the fabric.

 

 

STEP TWO:  PREP WORK SURFACE AND SECURE FABRIC

In this step you will need 4 medium to large clamps to secure the fabric onto your work surface.

Cover your work surface with your plastic drop cloth, you can also secure this with clamps if you’d like.   Once your work surface is covered lay out your fabric on top of the plastic drop cloth.   Using 4 clamps, secure all corners of your fabric to the table.  Doing this makes applying the paste much easier as the fabric will want to slide around.  *Sorry I don’t have a picture for this step.

 

STEP THREE:  THE FUN PART!! APPLY FLOUR PASTE!

Yaaay! This is where the fun begins.  Here, you will need your pitcher of flour paste resist, a squeegee and gloves!

Grab your pitcher of flour paste, starting at one end of your fabric begin to pour a generous amount of the mixture onto your fabric.    Using your squegee, smooth out the paste on your fabric.  You don’t want to go too thin, so use a light hand when doing this step.  Continue this process down the entire length of the fabric (pour, then smooth, pour, then smooth)  until the material is fully covered with the flour paste resist. *you should not see the fabric through the paste – aim for an “opaque” coverage.

 

STEP FOUR : DRYING THE FLOUR PASTE

Once your fabric is covered with the flour paste, it will need to fully dry in order to crack it.  You can do one of three things for this step:

  1. Set fans around your work surface aiming them at your work. (leave on all 4 clamps)
  2. Dry the paste using a hair dryer on medium to high heat.
  3. Let the paste air dry (this is what I did).  This step takes about 12 – 24 hours, depending on the size of your material and the amount of paste poured.

As the paste dries, the fabric will curl up on the ends.  To prevent this you can leave all 4 clamps in place.  I removed 2 of the 4 clamps on my piece to allow the fabric to move freely.

 

> > >  Part Three : Cracking the Resist and Adding Paint

> > > > Part Four : Flour Resist and Paint Removoal

> Part One: Fabric Preparation

 

Long Beach Open Studio Tour | Ron Leiter – Metal Sculptor


This past weekend I attended the annual Long Beach Open Studio Tour – an open invitation to peek inside the studios of over 40 Long Beach artists.  I heard about this tour last year, but, unfortunately, could not attend.  Like a little reminder from the universe, the link to the tour popped up on my web browser while searching for possible studio spaces.

Most of the artists on the tour were painters and photographers.  As I do love painting and photographers as much as the next person – I found myself more incline to visit studios of artists specializing in 3d art.  I invited my friend Jurate as my space invading partner.  With our list in hand, we headed out to meet and be inspired by some Long Beach creatives.  The first on our list was the home studio of Ron Leiter.

Ron Leiter, is a self taught metal sculptor in his early 70’s.  His work is large in scale – we were stunned when approaching his sculptures as they look much much smaller on the tour brochure – ranging from 2′ – 4′.  Made of mostly steel sheet and rod, Ron’s sculptures are built entirely by hand.  Each piece is constructed by cutting and shaping the steel sheets and rod using anvil, hammers, grinders etc., then welding pieces together using oxy-acetylene torch – a very similar process to us in the metalsmithing world.  Ron learned how to weld (if I remember our conversation correctly) in the 60’s during a time, as he put it:

“when people were searching for God, and I was searching for a new skill”

During his young adult and adult years, Ron graduated UC Berkeley, taught high school, and owned and operated a landscaping business for years in Southern California – all while practicing, exploring and refining his skills as a Metal Sculptor.  During our very brief chat (I didn’t want to ask too many questions as there were other interested visitors waiting to probe as well) he mentinon one detail that threw me for a bit;  he’s been sculpting metal for, basically, 4 decades, and this was his first time showing his work to the public! *Insert gasp here*  And I am so thankful he did!

 

ron-leiter-1

 

ron-leiter-7

 

ron-leiter

 

ron-leiter-2

 

ron-leiter-3

 

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

 

To say his work is ‘amazing’ or ‘cool’ is to call a butterfly ‘cute’.  I’m no wordsmith, but if I were to attach a word or two to his work, it would be ‘quiet’ and ‘alluring’.   Again, I am no wordsmith.

Follow these links for more about  Ron Leiter, and to learn more about the Long Beach Arts Council, which of whom curates the Long Beach Open Studio Tours!

I’ll post about reminder of the studio tour shortly.

Thanks for reading,

cv

Home Studio: The Final Coat…

There are times you must know when “done is done”; and today I’m telling myself that I am DONE painting part of the garage which is to be my home studio! 4 coats of white paint should be enough!…Right?  Yes, Yes, it is! At least for now, anyway!

With every push and pull of that paint roller, I noticed myself thinking: “oh…I should paint that too” or ” ah!..it’s just not white enough”! I could be here for weeks if I allowed it!

It is time that I move on to something else.  I’m thinking that “something else” is painting the cement floor!  Luckily, the previous owners of this lovely home of ours, have left 2 gallons of cement paint in (what I think to be) a pale periwinkle blue! I have yet the need to spend any money on paint and I am quite grateful for that! Could this be an omen?

 

 

 

Home Studio (in process)

In my last post I talked about my decision to move my studio out of  the old brick + mortar space that I rented and into my home garage. You can read more about that here

After getting some encouraging and reassuring responses from that post from friends and family, I figured it’d be a good idea to document the process.  And I’m excited to do this for a few reasons:

one:  I love to document and share what I’m doing; any excuse to take photos and write about an experience, I’ll do it!

two: Documenting my studio transformation will hold me accountable and remind me how far I’ve come; which I tend to forget sometimes and that can lead to me being hard on myself.

three:  Hopefully, doing this will encourage my boyfriend to go through his boxes and boxes and boxes of childhood things. ( I don’t do well with excess)

I actually started the demolition process of my jewelry studio a few weeks ago! I began by ripping out all the “janky” and “make-shift” shelving that the previous owner installed, vacuuming up all the termite poop! Eh…It was so much! Then started painting a small section of the back wall.


Today, my goal was to move some boxes out of the garage  (to give me space) and do a second coat of white paint on the small section that I started a few weeks ago.  With the boxes moved out I actually felt no anxiety (which I typically felt when I walked into our garage in the past), so that was wonderful!

With a boost of anxiety-free energy and a full cup of coffee, I went on ahead and painted more than just that “little section”.   I didn’t tape anything off.  Didn’t even cover the floor. I just started slapping white paint on the wall!  For someone whom appreciates details I have NO patience for painting. I’m unsure why.  By the way; the past owners left a giant bucket of white paint in the garage; so you bet that is what I’m using for this project!

Talk about saving money!

 

home studio remodel bless the theory 2

1 // before photo of the back wall and the small section that I started a few weeks ago

2 // a close up of the first couple of coats

3 // washing what seemed like 40 years of grime and dirt off the work bench

4 // a full shot of the first couple of coats.

Goal Complete!!

Even at this point I’m trilled with the results. This is going to make for some great Instagram photos! I still have much more to organize, clean and paint but at the moment, I’m feeling pretty good about the way the studio is moving along. I can already picture my bench pin right in front of that vintage stool!

The best way for me to stay focused (without feeling too overwhelmed) is to keep the big picture in mind and celebrating my little triumphs! Even if that’s just slapping around paint!

’till next time, thanks for reading

Charmaine