There has been so much chat on the Yahoo FP list about colouring your Friendly Plastic that I thought I might just post a few pictures of some of my past experiments. I know I have previously shown one or two images, but in the spirit of adding to the general discussion about how to colour you FP, and why you might want to colour it, here are some ideas for you.
All the pieces in the picture above have been coloured on the reverse side of a stick of FP or they are scraps that I have recycled by warming up and rolling out. Metal powders and pigments feature heavily here, and I apply them using a sponge applicator to try and avoid too much powder going in the air. The simplest way to put the powder on is to heat the plastic with a heat gun, and whilst it is still warm and tacky, gently spread some powder of your choice onto the sticky plastic. A mask is a good idea if you intend to do much of this, and I advise against draughts and sneezing! Roll or rub the powder in.
A rubber stamp and some embossing powder gave the outline design for the blue/green/ochre/silver piece, and the pigment powder was added afterwards.
Metal flake gives the lovely broken texture in the bottom left and right, this works really well with the powders too.
Texture has been added using whatever came to hand (ie I can’t remember exactly what I used!), and two different colours of powders brushed on. Permanent ink pens, hot foil pens and other such stuff are great for adding detail.
The above pieces were coloured on the foil surface of the strips of Friendly Plastic using rubber stamps, metal shape cutters and a metal embellishment word used a stencil. The colour comes from Adirondak alcohol inks, Stazon ink pads, and other permanent ink pads. Rub n Buff highlights the texture. If you choose this texture route, just remember that when you reheat it, don’t over do it or you will lose the texture.
This image is a close up of the front of a sketch book that has been decorated with jigsaw shapes cut from the coloured Friendly Plastic. The Jigsaw cutter is one that I keep in stock and is made for me by David at Fine Cut Sugarcraft. This composition was really put together to showcase some of the colouring options available to you, and I think it was before Alcohol inks were widely available here (all the colours have been created with permanent ink pads, pens, embossing powder, metallic powders and acrylic paint). Speaking of acrylic paint, if you choose to colour your FP using it, make it just about the last thing you do on your projects (other than sealing it) as the paint changes the handling abilities if you want to manipulate your piece.