Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Love Those Curves

I love working on shaped canvases and panels. The shapes really fit my work and I think it adds to the visual stories. This piece, The Lure of Temptation, started as a student demo and went from there. It is a combination of a dry gel transfer, painting, collage and sanding with a little gold rub.

In case you are interested, the panels and canvases come from

Sew Much Fun

This piece started out with a bag of fabric scraps a friend of mine gave me. Most of them had an Asian feel. I was giving my class a demo on different kinds of transfer techniques so decided to do a waterslide decal on this one. Wasn't sure of the image to put on but after doing research on the web I found out that in late 1800s and early 1900s western women would have parties where they dressed as geishas hence the name Going Japanese. The transfer was sanded over, a little paint was added as well as a Japanese stamp and writing.

Sometimes it takes so little to create a piece of art. To me the struggle is in the mind not in the actual creation.

If you are going to try put a transfer on a busy surface like this. Think about where your lights and quieter places are and try to visualize how the image will look on top of a pattern. You can always print on transparency film and lay it over as a test to see how the image will look.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bling. Bling. Gold Leaf!

I love gold leaf and have been experimenting with it for my book on alternative surfaces. Bleach is my new favorite art tool. On this piece the the surface was painted in a patchwork of color so I could see which I liked best showing through when I finished the next two steps. I added gold leaf (the cheap stuff not the REAL gold leaf) then applied the bleach pen. The longer you leave it on the more dramatic the effect. I then wash it off with soap and water. My favorite colors showing through are iron oxide and dark green.