So, a friend and I went in on an order of paper fans and parasols earlier this summer. Now, at nearly the end of the season, I’ve figured out what I want to do with them! They were plain white until I decided to “gild” them with paint. That made them lovely, but impossible to close. The paper is like leather with enough coats. I decided to make that a feature rather than a bug. These are no longer closeable fans.
I made a mini pattern so I could make fans of fabric to cover the ribs to deter people from trying to do the impossible and destroying the fan. Leatherlike or no, they are still delicate. They’re going to pretty much be art pieces rather than accessories. When they’re done, they’ll have discreet hooks so they can be hung when not in use. If I can wrangle it, I’ll attach some sort of handle to them. That may require some trial and error. Lucky, I have a bunch of these to play with!
The gold is my favorite, but I’ve started painting some silvers as well. I experimented with a variety of undercoats, and I’ve found that painting them matte black acrylic first gets the best out of the metallic paint. I still need a ton of coats to cover the undercoat as well as obscure brushmarks. I want these to look like they’re gilded and straight out of the early Renaissance!
Of course, I’m using tarot to decorate some of these. The Empress is reigning on one fan, backed by burgundy satin. I’m nearly done with her, but I need an elegant way to hide the rough edges where the bamboo still shows. I want the fan to be useable as a fan, but also to look good from all angles. Shipping will be…interesting….with these! Temperance is going on another gold fan, with recycled white silk backing I took from an old lampshade. Here’s a peek of the angel:
Keep checking back – these are going to be a regular on the worktable, and hopefully a hit with LazMart shoppers 😉