Life is one big lesson, I’ve learnt! Every day I learn something new, usually the lessons are a pleasure, sometimes not so and some days I am able to share a lesson with someone so that they can learn something new.
When awarded a blog award, use the usual “real life” courtesy and respond immediately with gratitude and thanks.
I do not mean to sound trite by saying this. If only the lovely, lovely India could have heard the squeals of delight from here, she would have known how excited I was, and still am, to have been the recipient of a shiny, shiny “brilliante weblog premio 2008” award. Unfortunately a combination of events over the past 4 days have prevented me from spending any time on the computer and it is mainly for this reason that I have not offered my thanks and passed this award on. I have learnt though that, despite the fact this is the “not so real” world of the internet, it still involves genuine people and their real life feelings and expectations. I am truly sorry India for not sending you even a quick msg of thanks, this was such a lovely surprise!
I will continue by saying that I would like to pass on this award to Katie because I am always, without fail, inspired by every single entry on her blog. Katie practices her art from a place deep, deep inside her soul and when art is produced in that manner how can you not be inspired? To Sarah, who in the past month has inspired many, many bloggers to begin a “soul journal”. To Jude of the Spirit Cloth blog, who is trying to push the creative boundaries of quilt making and despite the fact that I am a brand new reader of her blog, I am already addicted and am happily dreaming of the day I can start my own “what if” block. To my friend Mandy, just cos I love her and I truly, truly appreciate her friendship. True friends don’t come along regularly and when they do you have to keep hold of them and NEVER let them go…. sometimes not letting go can be a good thing (xoxox). To another friend Penny who makes me laugh out loud when I read her gorgeous posts about life with two kids, a dog and a husband. This blog world has reconnected us – we went to school together and haven’t really had much contact since. It is so nice to be able to read about her family and to hear her very familiar sense of humour coming through her writing! To Misty who I miss muchly and just wish that there was such thing as a time machine so we could zip back and forth for tea each day! The last goes to a website of blogs rather than one individual blog and it specifically goes to the amazing lady who created the soul food cafe. SFC is THE place to visit for all creative beings – it is a labyrinth of wonderful, incredible stuff!
One of the rules of this award is to post the award link to your blog – I don’t know how to do it, so until I can work it out, the award remains invisible!
Thanks again India, it really was appreciated.
Give your camera to a “nearly 3” year old and see what happens.
that would be the ceiling
not such a great angle for double chin shots
This one is great though! I especially like the smudgy, blurry bits in the centre of the photos….
A couple of days ago, I received a lovely email from Jocelyn who had purchased a tub of acrylic medium from me a number of months ago. I had briefly explained the photo transfer technique that I so love using in my artwork that is by no means a “samm” original. She wrote to me in the hope that I could remind her of the technique so rather than type her a long winded, wordy explanation, I thought I’d photograph the process and post it as a bit of a “lesson” for others to share too. This is the first time I have done such a thing and i only hope that it is useful to you all. Please remember that this is my take on someone else’s discovery so there are probably other ways of achieving the same result.
I have numerous books on my shelf that outline this same technique, one of the most comprehensive being this one. If you feel like the real thing, visit Misty at http://www.mistymawn.typepad.com to see where she’s holding her next workshop and you might want to ask her which one’s will incorporate the technique or, you could drop me a line, if you’re in Australia, and ask me when I’m next holding my technique class…. enough promotion and on to the good stuff!
Photo transfers using acrylic paint medium
from left to right, the products I used for this “lesson”
210gm paper – these pads are an Art Spectrum product, available at most fine art supply shops (here in Victoria anyway). I used this paper today only because I am having a bit of a love affair with the pads at the moment. The paper is sized to cope with both dry and wet media and therefore can handle a little bit of abuse. I would normally use a heavier weight watercolour paper – 300gm and 100% cotton is the best and this technique also translates well to fabric. You have to have a bit of a play around to find what you like and what will suit the project you are doing.
Acrylic mediums – I am not faithful to a single product, I unashamedly admit this! I find that each product has it’s strengths and weaknesses and I like to play around to get the best for the particular project on the day. Photographed are Golden’s soft gel (thank you dear Misty), Liquitex Gloss varnish and medium and both the Gel medium and Polymer Gloss Varnish by Matisse. For this example I used the Liquitex product – It dries quickest and gives a nice “thin” finish.
Images for transferring – You can transfer many different types of images. Black and white toner copies, both b&w and colour laser copies, inkjet images and some magazine photos (the cheaper the paper, the better the transfer). Try anything! I have been known to say that this is not a “perfect” process and that the resulting image will not be a clean and perfect mirror image of the original – I have had one person prove me wrong though, so by all means, manipulate the technique to suit yourself.
Depending on your ideas for the final piece, you may or may not want to prepare your surface a bit for the image transfer. I had an idea for a painting so I roughly sketched an outline of the larger window that I would add to after transferring the original photo. The image I have chosen for this example is a b&w laser copy of an original photo. (Be conscious of copyright issues here. Make sure to chose images which are copyright free or use your own photos or scanned artwork).
I add the medium with anything that’s nearby, including my fingers! Today there was a foam brush handy!!! The photo on the right shows that the medium is added and you can still see the image underneath. When you use a gel medium, the medium will appear a little more cloudy. You ultimately want to provide a “sticking” surface.
Place the coated image face down on your receiving surface and rub so that all of the image makes contact with the paper/fabric underneath.
I make sure I leave an edge or corner free so that I always have something to pull away when the time comes.
After a little while, and unfortunately I can’t be more specific than that as drying time will vary depending on many many factors (weather, product used, image type, paper type etc), slowly start to peel back a corner or edge and you’ll see the top surface of the image paper separating from the image itself. If this doesn’t happen, place the paper back and keep rubbing with your finger. The photo above shows you what you’re looking for…
Once you have removed the top layer of paper, it is important to then leave the transfer to dry completely before removing the rest of the paper. Speed the process up with a hairdryer if neccessary, you’ll end up with holes in the image if you try too soon!
The image is now dry enough for you to rub and rub and rub until all the little bits of paper are gone! Sometimes you may not be able to remove them all, accept and embrace them! I use my finger, a stippling brush with a bit of water works really well too.
holes of impatience!!!
The finished transfer – ready to be altered to your heart’s desire!
The following photos are some transfers that I’ve done as examples for my workshop attendees.
colour laser copy on calico
to prove that straight lines are possible (if you want them!!)
colour laser copy on 300gm watercolour paper
And just a reminder that things can get a bit out of control if it’s always all about me….. xoxoxo