Saturday, March 14, 2015

Faux Cloisonne.....Mixed Media goes Old School.

Parfumerie Paris ( Faux Cloisonne Pitcher)
Faux Cloisonne.....Mixed Media Goes Old School!

I use a Faux version of the Original  Cloisonné , to create a dramatic contrast in Sheen levels , to highlight distinct elements of an overall design. it's fun, it's easy and it works to great effect!

The real deal however is far more involved.  There is a more detailed description of the process towards the end of this post.
for now , I will walk you through the Faux Version technique ... It's Easy Peasy!

With the Advent of all these Mixed media Products, it it so very easy to create some really awesome effects with very little effort!
You need a dimensional Paint like Paper Effects ,  Liquid Glass, Paper or paint of choice or both.. I opt for both. You can also embed things into this, like seeds, beads, dried flowers etc.. so go

The first thing you have to do is paint the picture, it doesn't have to be overly detailed , just get the shading and highlighting in, nothing too over the top though. But if you are a slave to details , go ahead , put em in, you'll still see them.
Faux Cloisonne Detail

Once everything is painted, Glued Down ( Whatever your doing) use a fine point on the Paper Effects and outline each segment of the design you want to highlight. ( as in the piece in the Photo... The Floral element has every petal and segment of the floral outlined.) This just creates a barrier of sorts to prevent the Liquid Glass  from running everywhere.

Once the Paper Effects  is dry, the spaces are then flooded with  Liquid Glass. It will look a little milky at first but it will dry crystal clear and glossy . You can embellish it while wet, by adding beads, Glitter or Seeds for additional Dimension. ( You can put charms , gears, just stuff... under this medium.. ( Looks kind of like an resin finish.)

When completely Dry the effect is quite stunning. The Contrast between the Matt background and the High Gloss elements is striking! The Liquid Glass also enhances the colours underneath , giving them a little extra Vibrancy.

So Imagine:  Use Scrapbook paper or Gift Wrap or Family photos, to create the various parts of the design , then Use this technique to enhance them and make them the Primary focus of the overall design. Use stamps to create pattern, Stencils to create texture.. yes I said texture... it looks AMAZING under the Liquid Glass!! You can do almost anything and it looks Great!!
Faux Cloisonne Rose Handbag


Give it a shot, break out some sample boards and go to it.... TRY IT!! You never know how things will look until you try it!
I probably do 5 to 10 sample boards when every time I try out a new technique.. just to see what I can do with it! If I fail, So what.. try again using a different colour, background, or paper, add stamps , or stencils, or dried flowers.. You just never know what you will come up with, and THAT is when it is the most fun to play in my sandbox!!

So now comes the educational part... below I have soured some information about the Real Cloisonné.. just FYI.

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Simple Faux Cloisonne Detail

 The Cloisonné Process:

Cloisonné was first developed in the Near East. It spread to the Byzantine Empire and from there along the Silk Road to China. Chinese cloisonné is arguably the most well known of all the varieties of cloisonne and enamel making. Russian cloisonné from the Tsarist era is also highly prized by collectors. Chinese cloisonné is sometimes confused with Canton enamel, a similar type of enamel work that is painted on freehand and does not utilize partitions to hold the colors separate.
The Process
The artist forms metal (such as copper, bronze, or silver) into the shape of the finished object. The material usually used for making the body is copper, since it is easily hammered and stretched.
Filigree-soldering. which is pure silver wire usually about .010 x .040 inches in cross section, is bent into shapes that define the colored areas. The bends are all done at right angles, so that wire does not curve up. This is done with small pliers, tweezers, and custom-made jigs. The cloisonné wire pattern may consist of several intricately constructed wire patterns that fit together into a larger design. Solder can be used to join the wires, but it causes the enamel to discolor and form bubbles later on. Instead, the base metal is fired with a thin layer of clear enamel. The cloisonné wire is glued to the enamel surface with gum Tragacanth. When the gum Tragacanth has dried, the piece is fired again to fuse the cloisonné wire to the clear enamel. The gum Tragacanth burns off, leaving no residue.
Enamel-filling. The basic elements of enamel are boric acid, saltpetre and alkaline. Due to the difference in the minerals added, the colour differs accordingly. Usually one with much iron will turn grey, with uranium, yellow, with chromium, green, with zinc, white, with bronze, blue, with gold or iodine, red. In time of filling, all the colours, ground beforehand into minute powder and contained in plates, are placed in front of the workers and are then applied to the little compartments separated by filigree.
Enamel-firing. This is done by putting the article, with its enamel fillings, to the crucible. The enamel in the little compartment will sink down a bit after firing. That will require a refilling. This process will go on repeatedly until the little compartments are finally filled.
Polishing. Some pieces of hard carbon are used for polishing to produce some lustre on the surface of the article.
Gilding. The article is placed in fluid of gold or silver. The exposed parts of the filigree and the metal fringes of the article will be smoothly and evenly gilded. Alternatively, the exposed metal is electroplated with a thin film of gold to prevent corrosion and to give a pleasing appearance.
The above information was sourced from Wikipedia, it has not been edited in any way, and is believed to be accurate in content.

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