The Color and Surface class was focused on learning different techniques for treating metal. The techniques covered were applying Prismacolor and Paints, Enamelling including cloisonne & champleve as well as discussion of plique a jour, Etching, Patinas, Keumbo and Reticulation.
The first project was to produce a set of 18 samples using prismacolor pencils, prismacolor crayons, and various paints including acrylics and metal paints.
I started with 18 copper squares of the same size. I thought that it might be nice if all of the samples were unique and so I played around with the squares before adding the color pigments. I ran some through the rolling mill with pieces of twisted wire in between to create patterns. I dapped, hammered and patterned some of the others. I also drilled holes in some so that they might be used in jewelry pieces. Before I began applying color, I sandblasted all of the base pieces so that the colors would have a better chance of adhering.
Above you can see the various designs I came up with. I was most pleased with the look, feel and finish of the prismacolor pencil. I especially like the center, top piece, as something about the movement throughout is pleasing to me. I also love the way the two space vistas came out. As could have been expected, the acrylic paint that I used, was easily peeled off of the metal. I was too impatient for the metal paints to get overly creative with them, although being specifically made for metals they adhered well.