We gals here at GA love garbage. We love to keep it out of the landfill, and we love to make kewl stuff out of it. Now, seriously, folks, I’m not talking about banana peels and kitty box trash. That would going too far, even for us. But punchinella – now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. That’s prime, grade-A, Gauche Alchemy trash of the most gauche-tastic variety.
Punchinella is the hottest mixed media item right now and can be used for a variety of projects. It is sometimes called sequin waste because it’s the material left over at the factory once the sequins are punched out of it. It comes as a heavy-duty mylar-type ribbon with various circular sizes punched out, but I also snap up shapes when I can find them. Currently, we have blue stars, purple flowers, and teal leaves available on our shop. (I actually just picked up some teal hearts, as well, but part of the roll is a little screwy – as soon as I sort that out, it will be up on the shop, as well, so keep an eye out!) The ribbon is not fabric nor paper – it’s made from the same material as sequins, and it can be folded, crimped, or applied as a smooth, flat trim. It can easily be wrapped around 3-dimensional objects and therefore is a perfect item to use on altered objects.
It can be used as a mask to add designs or the appearance of texture. Paint over it or spray mist over it. It can be used as pockets to contain smaller items in a mini-book or scrapbook. It can be used as trim on paper art, cards, or even home decor projects. Do y’all remember when Kas used it to make earrings!? And Lara is always using it for wonderful techniques. One thing you can try is blasting it with a heat gun – that creates some interesting texture, for sure. Check our Flickr group for more ideas.
The uses are limited only by your imagination, and as far as I know, we offer the best bargain on the Internet! If you find Punchinella cheaper anywhere online, be sure to send us an e-mail (MyMuse@GaucheAlchemy.com). We’d love to stay competitive if we possibly can… if there’s a way to lower the price any further, I’m committed to finding it.
And… oh, oh, oh… AND! We don’t charge shipping on punchinella for orders in the U.S. and Canada. $2 shipping everywhere else. Am I proud of myself for managing that little situation for you and your wallet? Yes, I am. Indeedy.
Want a chance to be featured in an upcoming blog post or issue of our e-mail newletter, DIRT? All you have to do is share your work with us on our Flickr group (and check out the endless inspiration from others) – we’d love to see your creative genius when it comes to working with punchinella! Every time I think I’ve seen it all, someone comes along and surprises me with a new, creative use.
If you’re a class instructor, art teacher, fantatic hoarder, or have need of specific colors or shapes, don’t hesitate to contact us. We love to work with you on custom orders, and our supplier is local and has a circulating stock of punchinella. What this means for you is that if I can find it in their warehouse, it will soon be yours. I keep quite a bit of punchinella in stock, but let me assure you – there’s more where that come from. Punchinella for all! Wheeeee!
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