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Here is a big compilation of all the art I’ve done in the last 5 years. If you want to use any of it, or you would like something similar, then contact me .. I’m cheap ūüôā Advertisements

Universal indicator experiment

I bought a red cabbage and when I was cooking, it turned the water blue.. which reminded me of an experiment we did at school.. the juice from the cabbage has an interesting property – it turns red in the presence of an acid and blue in the presence of an alkali.

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Soap making experiment

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I saw a great how-to http://www.justcraftyenough.com/2011/11/project-lego-soap/
and I decided to make my own soaps for everyone for Christmas.

Total cost of project under ¬£10 for 10 little bags of soap (and I had plenty of soap base left to make more). This is so easy and fun, it’s definitely going to be a new Christmas tradition round our house now. Also, because it’s soap, it’s easy to clean up afterwards!

I got my soap supplies from soaposh.co.uk. You need:

  • Melt and pour soap base
  • Colours
  • Fragrance (I had some essential oils already)
  • Silicone mould
  • Cellophane bags (I had these already but you can get them from amazon or ebay for¬†less than¬†¬£2 for 30)

I chose the SLS free glycerin transparent soap base at £4.29 for 1kg which makes loads of little soaps, but there are also shea butter or goats milk bases and even jelly to choose from.

The colours are 95p each or £7 for eight.

You can buy silicon rubber moulds almost anywhere now РI got mine at the pound shop, I think they were meant for chocolates or ice cubes. You could use the ones meant for cupcakes too.  The soap is really easy to cut with a long knife, so you could also make a bar in a loaf tin and slice it the way they do in LUSH..

Here are all my ingredients:

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The first thing you need to do is slice a chunk off your soap base and cut it up into small cubes so it will melt. An easy way to do this is to microwave it – but only for 30-40 seconds, it doesn’t take much to melt it. You don’t want to let it boil, so be careful! I found a little ceramic milk jug was perfect so that I could control the pouring.

When the soap is all melted, you add a few drops of colouring and fragrance, stir them in, and you’re ready to pour into your mould. At this point¬†you could also add glitter or dried flower petals.

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Here are my little Christmas shapes in the silicone mould from the pound shop. Now it goes in the fridge for an hour…

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And here they are – eight little christmas soaps ready to go into bags (This only used a tiny fraction of my soap base, so I will be making lots more!)

Picasso people

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Harry (age 12) was “doing” Picasso for homework.

It looked like fun so I stole his ideas. The first painting is a copy of Harry’s self portrait, the second is meant to be Rachel!

Harry picasso bekki
picasso lady

Ink pencils?

 

 

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My friend Rachel dropped in this evening and brought her ink pencils with her. They are a lot like watercolour pencils, but thye’re a bit better behaved and brighter. You draw with them as you would a normal coloured pencil, but then you can use a brush and water to tease the colours out. They’re quite fun and solve the problem of ink blots.

Here’s my first attempt – a bear.

 

(These are the ones Rachel has: http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=718

They’re over ¬£20 a pack so I think I’ll be waiting until Christmas before I get any for myself!)

Plaster relief – painted

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plaster man coloured gimped

Here’s one of the plaster reliefs I did, painted up. I did fiddle with it on GIMP a bit after I scanned it in.
Very moody!

Ink, plaster

Plaster Reliefs

These are my cheap version of a bass relief  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relief) done on cheap (5 for £2) little canvasses, with a tub of £1 ready mixed plaster/putty from a hardware shop, and a normal kitchen knife used as a pallette knife.

I have ambitions to do giant alien cityscapes¬†or parthenon-style battle epics with this in the future but at the moment I’m experimenting with how much detail I can add (given that when you imprint the wet plaster it often sags back) and how strongly the plaster will stick to the canvas (I will experiment with varnishing and maybe mixing the plaster with PVA to make it a bit more flexible). It might work better on rigid canvas board.. it’s a bit limiting because the plaster can only be about half a cm thick – but it’s a lot cheaper and easier than marble!

I’m also going to experiment with colouring them – how the plaster holds ink, watercolour and gouache, and acrylic paints… they’re quite nice unplaited though, I love how the shadows change emphasising different bits as you view them from differnet angles. I’ve had to fiddle a bit with the brightness and contrast in GIMP so that you can see the detail from the scan.

plaster punk plaster mans face plaster lady plaster bird