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A while ago I had a try with Friendly Plastic, which really was a disaster. After getting some new plastic and seeing Liz Welch demoing flowers I managed to modify the technique and made these.

Friendly Plastic Flower

Friendly Plastic Flower

Liz makes hers using a pan of hot water, I can’t do plastic indoors because of the birds and created mine on a heat proof sheet using a heat tool. If you would like to find out how to make these flowers check out Liz’s DVD Bend it Shape It, which I recently reviewed.

I’m going to use these as closures on my hand-made journals. I’ll show you a picture when I have one ready ;)

What do you think, I like them, not so sure the red one came out so well with the extra layer in the centre, I used a Crop A Dile to punch a little disc to add ‘gem’ style to the middle. I really like the purple one though.

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Links

If you would like to find out more about Friendly Plastic, how to use it and where to buy it, check out the links below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Bend It Shape It. An introduction to Creative Design using Friendly Plastic

Bend It Shape It. Friendly Plastic DVD.

Bend It Shape It. Friendly Plastic DVD.

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Creative Force Films; Rare Bird
  • Item number; ISBN 0-9544649-1-5
  • Run Time; 90 Minutes
  • RRP at time of writing: £17

Reason For Buying

After seeing some demonstrations by Liz Welch on Create and Craft, I was really inspired and just had to buy this DVD to learn more about what could be done with the Friendly Plastic. I chose this particular DVD as it covers 3D projects and beads.

Pros/Cons

  • Excellent stand alone DVD, no prior knowledge needed
  • Covers tools and equipment you will need
  • Well Presented
  • Everything is well explained
  • Like a Master Class on DVD
  • Re watch any time you need to
  • Lots of techniques
  • Plenty of scope to use the techniques in your own way

Cons

Haven’t got any, other than now I ‘need’ everything shown on there as I want to get going.

Build Quality

This in an excellent quality DVD not just the content and presentation which I covered above but the production quality is superb. The tutorials are well-lit, perfect sound and superb camera work too. No busy distracting backgrounds. The only music is during gallery sections so no struggling to hear instructions over background music.

Value for Money

Excellent. If you are interested in trying Friendly Plastic for the first time, or have some already that you neglect, then this DVD is for you. A good range of projects and ideas.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes and would recommend it to everyone.

Summing up

Like alcohol ink, Friendly Plastic has been around for a few years but when you first see it, you can’t work out what on earth to do with it. Until I saw Liz on Create and Craft, I didn’t ‘get’ Friendly Plastic at all. Once I’d seen her demos I was very excited and wanted to know more.

Rather than get a pile of plastic and just look at it, I decided to buy the DVD first and find out how to use it. I’m so glad I did, now I feel really inspired about the kind of things I’d like to try to make with it, which will help me choose plastic  in colours I’d like. You need minimal tools and if you have been paper crafting for a while, you will probably have most of them.

I really enjoyed the DVD and highly recommend you get one. The best thing is, that you learn so many techniques and see the projects created all the way through. This gives you the tools, to explore the techniques so you can use them your own way. I had so many ideas for projects I’d like to create, as I was watching. This is like taking a Master Class with Liz, so if you can’t get to a class with her in person, this DVD will be a good alternative.

Now I just need to save up for lots of Friendly Plastic.

Links

Liz Welch is the artist behind the DVD, here are a few of the places you can find her and more of her products. The DVD reviewed today, can also be found in her online shop.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for May 2011

Liz Welch

I discovered her work thanks to seeing her demonstrate on Create and Craft, but for those of you who haven’t yet found Liz, here is a little more about her and her work.

As seen on Create & Craft

As seen on Create & Craft

Who you are: 

Liz; I am a textile artist and jewellery designer, tutor, author, guest presenter on Create and Craft and small business owner. I have two sons who are at university, a very supportive husband and a dippy-but-delightful dog called Poppy.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Liz; My home is in Nottinghamshire in the UK, although I increasingly feel that my network of family and friends extends all over the world because the internet and skype makes this possible.

What you do:

Liz; I am a Friendly Plastic Evangelist! My mission is to get as many people as possible as enthusiastic about this fabulous modelling medium as I am! To that end I write about it, teach it, exhibit work I make using it, make DVDs about it, present shows about it on Create and Craft, demonstrate it, and of course sell it (and all sorts of things directly related to Friendly Plastic) via my on line business Rare Bird Ltd. Because my background is in stitched textiles, I also try to weave Friendly Plastic into the textile art side of my life. This has led me to develop specific techniques such as Lacework and Oooze, and spurred me on to come up with new ways to change the appearance of Friendly Plastic but not its properties. Having worked with the material for more than 20 years, I am still discovering new ways to work with it, new ways to colour and change the appearance of Friendly Plastic and new ways to recycle it too. When I began this journey I did not begin to realise just how involved I would get, and how much it would take over my life.

In-suspense3 by Liz Welch

In-suspense3 by Liz Welch

What got you started in your creative journey?

Liz; Creativity was always encouraged in my family, so I grew up experimenting with things, but particularly fabrics and sewing. It was not until I began a family and I was almost 30 before I discovered Friendly Plastic. We were in New Orleans and I saw a pair of earrings that I liked but could not work out what they were made from. Eventually I found out and, as we were living in America for a year (Friendly Plastic is made in America) , I bought some and began to play. People I knew liked what I made and wanted to buy it – it went on from there, and escalated when we moved back to the UK. I began to work with the UK distributor demonstrating the product and this gave me the spur to come up with new ideas. Eventually when I dreamed up Lacework, I finally managed to bring my love of textiles together with my passion for Friendly Plastic.

What inspires you: 

Liz; People – the things they make, relationships, the constructive and destructive force of mankind, their energy, skill, determination and passions. When I look back particularly on my exhibited textile work I realise that much of it is based on all of these things; I love nature, beatiful scenery, sunsets etc, but somehow the sheer ingenuity of mankind makes me want to create art that celebrates something that is less visually obvious than a pretty flower.

My work rarely stays in two dimensions, frequently straying into 3D, and the challenge of varying the scale of things whilst working with new materials is in turns exciting and daunting. A recent project was a 6.5m “necklace” with “beads” varying in size from 5mm to 300mm, some of which were made of Friendly Plastic, and some made of other things. These other things required me to learn new skills and stretch my own boundaries, leaving my comfort zone way behind!

By Liz Welch

By Liz Welch

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Liz; Travel all over the globe to see the art and ingenuity of other peoples both past and present. By immersing myself in other peoples art, my own creativity and artistic thinking processes flourish and develop. I would need a dirty great sketch book, loads of pencils for sketching and note taking, plus a dictaphone and my camera with endless quantities of memory cards to record all the things that inspired me. I wouldn’t mind a sympathetic porter to accompany me so i didn’t have to carry it all myself. Although I wouldn’t want anyone else intruding on my thoughts as I worked, I would still want my lovely husband with me to share travel experience and help me enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.

On the Beach by Liz Welch

On the Beach by Liz Welch

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Liz; Meeting other people. The more time I spend with other people whether they are creative or not, the more I appreciate that everyone has a story to tell, everyone has something to offer this world, and 99% of the time, their stories remain untold outside their immediate family. Women especially, get to feel that they have no creative talents, and do not have much to offer other than their standard roles of wife, parent, child, colleague. Given half a chance, many blossom when they get the opportunity to explore their creativity and are given the right encouragement. This newfound creativity can be a useful way of expressing a fraction of the experience and complexity of the person behind the hands. I get the greatest pleasure from seeing or even better, being the catalyst for this process.

Links

To find out more about Liz Welch and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below. 

Thanks to Liz Welch for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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