Working with Fantasy Film

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Fantasy Film is a strongly luminescent, transparent polyester film that shrinks a bit and takes on iridescent colors when heated.
I purchase mine through After Midnight Art Stamps.

You can use it without heat, but it won't take on metallic colors. Beautiful stuff, even when not heated. You can use gel mediums or clear drying glues to layer transparent color with unheated Fantasy Film.

It will bond to itself and to fibers (like Angelina or Fantasy fibers, some glitters and those iridescent flakes from the craft store) that are made from the similar stuff. Apply heat, either with an iron or a heat gun. Don't overheat or you lose color and get melted holes through it. Although sometimes that is a cool effect. ;)

It will also bond to a lot of other things. I use a heat activated glue pad (from Stewart Superior) to get it to bond to various surfaces. This comes in both clear and black.

Or use a thin layer of clear embossing enamel to add it to things.
It can be laminated and/or encased in embossing enamel.
I prefer using the Opals brand embossing enamels for these projects. It is more flexible than the other brands I've tried and gives an end product that is more versatile.

1: Creating flat sheets of Fantasy Paper or Fabric

Fantasy Film can be layered onto a teflon craft sheet or baking parchment, topped with another teflon craft sheet or parchment paper and ironed for just a few seconds to create a flexible or multicolored "paper".

Fantasy Film and Opals paper

When it has cooled, just peel it off the craft sheet or baking parchment.

A thin layer of Opals embossing enamel over the Fantasy Film gives you a stronger, yet still flexible sheet of Fantasy paper.
With the addition of a layer of Opals embossing enamel it can be combined with other papers, tyvek, nappy liners (diaper liners), paper towels, fabrics or anything else you might want to experiment with to create a fabric like substrate.

You can add Fantasy Fibers, iridescent flakes or other inclusions for different effects.

This paper or fabric can be die cut, punched or cut to shapes with scissors. You can even sew it!

It is fun to layer it on other pieces using clear glues or gel mediums. It can be topped with othe clear or translucent mediums for some stunning effects.

Detail of layered Fantasy Film with crackle medium applied over it.

2. Dimensional Fantasies

You can press Fantasy Film onto a rubber stamp, silicon texture sheet (I like the Krafty Lady brand) or, with a layer of parchment protecting the surface, over a texture like lace or netting or... whatever.

The Fantasy Film can be heat bonded to many surfaces with a layer of clear or colored Opals embossing enamel.
It is wonderful on glass. Gives a great dichro look or carnival glass effect.

Link to faux carnival glass tutorial

Fantasy Film layered in Krafty Lady mould under clear (Franklin) Opals

Pressing a stamp inked with versamark or Brilliance inks or a silicon texture sheet into the clear embossing enamel layer over the Fantasy film gives a beautiful look.

Try it with fun foam! Flexible glass!

It is also great for making beads!

Link to bead tutorial.

Works on many surfaces.

It is great for creating fairy wings or dragonfly wings.

Simply make your form with craft wire, add a bit of glue (I like Crafters Pick Ultimate), lay the Fantasy film over the form and hit briefly and lightly with a heat gun. Trim edges and use a soldering iron or a flame to seal edges to wire.

3. Working with Fantasy Film on canvas

I like to start by adding some texture and color with gesso or acrylic paints using stamps or texture sheets or even found objects.
Or just slap on some paint.
Sometimes I start with an old painted canvas I don't like. ;)

I laid out a random grid of color and texture for the one used in these step by step examples.

For adding the base textures I used Lumiere Sorbet paint (Sherrill Kahn line) in a light orangey color and some micaceous iron oxide from Golden with Cory stamps from After Midnight.
I also used a bit of turquoise Chalk Ink (Colorbox) applied with a Krafty Lady texture sheet.

Any acrylic paints or stamping inks should work just fine. You are just getting some base color and/or textures down on the canvas.

After it had dried a bit (I sped that up with a heat gun), I oversprayed it with Radiant Rain and Memory Mist color sprays. I did about three layers with four or five colors. I blotted some of the drippiness with a facial tissue as it was drying to give a mottled look. I tried to use mostly light shades, nothing too intense.
I wanted something soft and glowing as a base.

Let dry.

I thinned down some Byzantium blue paint (Stewart Gill) with acrylic medium to a glaze consistency.
This is a metallicy looking paint, very intense. I used a lot of glazing medium to get it this transparent.

I overpainted some of the areas with the glaze, feathering out and texturing the color with a facial tissue that I had used to blot the color spray coats.

I used some copper Brilliance ink over the rest of it to add some richness and metallic glintz to the background colors.

Use whatever colors and brands of ink you have handy.

Let this dry for a while. You can use a heat gun lightly to speed it up.

I use a heat activated glue pad from Stewart Superior for adhering the Fantasy Film. I like the black one, but the clear would work just as well. I rather like the shading the black gives around the edges of the Fantasy Film.
Apply glue where you want the Fantasy Film to go.

Place a sheet of baking parchment or a silicon coated pressing sheet over the film and apply a hot iron.
I'm using an old travel iron set on the highest setting. I think it says linen. I have no clue how well the thermostat works on this ancient iron (I got it at the thrift store).

If you want a nice smooth surface, move the iron fairly quickly and evenly going over the canvas a number of times until it looks like it is stuck down thoroughly. You can pick up the baking parchment and peek as you work.

You can create lines and texture by leaving the iron in place for a bit occasionally, or "draw" lines with the edge of the iron.

You can do as many layers of Fantasy Film as you like.

You can use the strips as is, or cut them to shapes. They will adhere to each other, so you can workup a lot of color and texture by ovelapping shapes and colors.

You can use the iron directly on the Fantasy Film for giving a more distressed look. Do this gingerly. You can melt it off the canvas rather quickly if you aren't careful.

If I have a piece that goes all the way to the edge of the canvas, I use the dry iron with no parchment to 'roll' the Fantasy Film at the edge and melt it off evenly.

You could use a heat tool (soldering iron type) with shaped tips to create designs in the Fantasy Film.

Then I added some dimensional paint for added texture. I used a palette knife for this.

After this dried, I added some crackle medium to parts of it. I added some Glossy Accents to other parts and some clear tar gel (Golden product) to other parts.


Inspirations with Fantasy Film

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