“We ❤ Mail Art” is a small group of friends consisting of Jo Urbani, Julie Welsh & me. Since 2013, the three of us have exchanged art on a theme or technique a few times a year, placing an emphasis on Mail Art -see some examples via that link. It’s a lot of fun . . . This time we tried Image Resist Gel Prints!Read More
Well, with a little help from my friends Jo & Julie and by reviewing the instructions again, I was able to successfully do image transfers using my gel plate. The most important factor was getting . . .Read More
I knew the next prompt for me was "chandelier" and I had no clue about what I was going to do. At the same time I was preparing for an image transfer class I'll teach at the end of the month, trying out new transfer things for me . . .Read More
The green one is for Karen who gave us the theme "artist's choice" but let us know she liked birds and nature, among other things! I concentrated on those two.
|Wander where there is no path|
|I just had to do something with the photos I took the other day . . .|
There are more to see -click here if you'd like to go to the beach in Florida with me for a few minutes . . . ; ^ ) I decided later to remember that afternoon in my art journal and I thought image transfers of a couple of these photos would be fun. Instead of doing the transfers directly in my journal, I did them on separate pieces of paper to insert in my journal. I used ink jet transparency prints of my photos and gel medium (I like the Golden brand) to transfer my photos to paper. I found instructions on the art-e-zine site that may be helpful to you if you'd like to try a transfer yourself.
|peeling the transparency back, revealing my transfer|
|my two image transfers|
|Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks -it comes with a dropper top.|
so everything is running, like I wanted it to.
It is not finished, but that's okay! I only played around for 15 or 20 minutes and it felt good. More tomorrow! I hope you all are doing well and keeping your hand in creativity. I have also caught up with my daily blipfoto journal entries - phew! It is fun to go away, but work to come back ; ^ )
Often when I walk with the dogs on the trails near our home I bring my camera and take a few photographs of things I see that I like; designs in nature. One of these photos became the base for a mixed media collage (as an image transfer) that I will enter into a juried show, tomorrow! When I took the photo you see in this post, I thought I might add it to the collage . . . but I ended up not doing that. As soon as we finish framing the collage I am calling "enchanted grotto" I will take a picture and upload it here. We've got the mat covered with fabric and the canvas attached. Tonight we will attach everything in place and add the wire (Thank you, steven!). In the meantime, enjoy the peacefulness of spring *slowly * returning to the Northeast through this photo.
-Printed on fabric with my inkjet printer & attached to the back of this 6" x 6" quiltie is the following journal entry:
April 9th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 14 *
Today, after dinner on Monday night I remembered I needed to do my journal quilt, tonight! Usually I keep this project in mind and think about what I might do the week before, but not this week! So, I went into my studio to see what I could come up with on the spur of the moment. I had worked a lot on a mixed media collage last week, and so I thought I’d use some elements of that piece on the journal quilt. Recently, when dropping samples off at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop where I will teach two classes soon, I bought a small amount of interesting “computer” print fabric. I thought that would be fun to work with, since my art and the computer go hand in hand these days. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the computer and so it’s appropriate that fabric serves as the background for this quiltie.
On the right hand side of the piece, top and bottom are elements from my collage I‘ve been working on – some marbled paper and a piece of the image transfer I used. The black trim with the white stitching, the image of the woman (paper) the heart charm and the “sewn art” stamp on the green fabric are all from Alpha Stamps. The black half-circle across the piece is actually black millinery wire, also from Alpha Stamps. The rounds stamp is from CatsLife Press – all stamping done with VersaCraft Inks. The turquoise blue coloring on the fabric is dye-na-flow paint by Jacquard. I am glad I made myself create this.
: ) Lenna
I worked a lot on this piece today, adding to it and layering with papers quite a bit, wondering if I would know when to stop! This collage started with an image transfer of a photo of leaves, snow & ferns, directly onto a canvas board. I did the same transfer separately onto a piece of fabric, cut this up and used parts of it on this collage. I ripped LOTs of handmade & mulberry paper and applied it to the canvas with gel medium and I started and finished working on this piece by covering the canvas with Teal Dye-Na-Flow (paint) by Jacquard. There is a bit of rubber stamping in there and the spiral shapes come from a sheet of handmade paper, ripped out singly and applied with gel medium. There are gold skeleton leaves added with gel medium, and a few small rocks and pieces of shell added with E-6000 goop glue to give thepiece more texture. I also did nature printing using ferns and evergreens both on paper that was applied later and also directly on the canvas. Here is what this collage looked like 3 weeks ago when I first started:
And here are 2 close-ups of what it looks like now, left & right sides - click on the photos for more detail, and thank you for looking!