Thursday, April 29, 2010

APR 29 - Acrylic Medium Transfer

My acrylic transfer is ready to be glued to the painting. I had prepared a small 8 x 10 canvas with layers of acrylic, glazes, stamps, and tissue paper - and adhering her to the canvas was relatively easy - just watch for air bubbles. Lesson learned: the transfer is transparent, even where the colored pencil is - so putting my gardener on a dark or colored background just made her dull and colorless - and still without one knee!
But God Bless her - she's still smiling!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

APR 27 - Acrylic Medium Transfer

Once I removed as much paper as I safely could, I let the tranfer dry completely - preferrably overnight. I trimmed it carefully with scissors. I think more paper should have been removed, but I was afraid to test those waters!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Apr 23 - Acrylic Medium Transfer

I hope this lovely gardener still has a smile on her face after I get done with her!! I've given her at least a dozen coats of acrylic medium, allowing each to dry completely. Then - I soaked the back of the paper with water. As the paper becomes thoroughly wet, I gently would recommend that you literally put the whole drawing in a basin of water, works better than a spray bottle. And "gently" is the operative word here - as you can see the dear lady lost her knee as I was rubbing too hard.  Or possibly, I did not have enough layers of the medium. The end product will look much better than it does right now!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

APR 21 - Original Art as Collage Paper

My previous attempt at using my own art for collage left me with some issues:

1. the first being that all the texture under the paper collage caused the paper to look like it had folds or wrinkles – I didn’t like that,

2. and secondly – my copies were not archival quality, even though I color pencil painted them again and sealed them with UV acrylic varnish.

So, I’ve decided to try a different approach – acrylic medium transfer. Using my original black & white art – copied on inexpensive paper and colored pencil painted. My Gardener has volunteered to assist me in this endeavor.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
My colored pencil COLLAGE art has found it's final home on a square 16 x 16" gallery wrapped canvas. I stayed with the same layers of acrylic, phone book pages, glazes, napkins, papers, and ribbons. Some glazes and colored pencil were used to push two of the girls to the background, and again more colored pencils were used to bring the focus to the girl in the forefront.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

APR 8th - Mixed Media Collage

Using my own art as collage material . . . my second experiment with the "colored pencil" girl, again on a 8 x 10" canvas. I used the same layers of acrylics, phone book pages, glazes, and ribbons. This time I changed the sizes and direction of the illustration.

Monday, April 5, 2010

APR 5th Mixed Media Collage

Using my own drawings as collage material . . .
I am experimenting with the "colored pencil" girl. The 8 x 10" canvas was started with layers of acrylic paint, torn pages from the phone book, images from napkins, layers of glazes, and ribbons. I used three copies of my girl - two of them I glazed and colored to send them to the background - and the third I brought to the foreground by adding more color with the pencils.


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