I got the glue gun stencil idea from Jane Davies, who got it from Tracy Bautista. I used mine over Gelli prints to start, using Dylusions sprays. Lots more experimenting to be done!
Here's a piece of 'mop up' paper from Gelli printmaking that I used to mop up the excess spray on the stencils. That Dylusions goes on and on. This may be my favorite piece so far. The lighter acrylic paint makes a nice resist.
Okay, Lesson 2 at last. My Golden gel and matte mediums always seem too dry and stiff for image transfer so I tried using Utrecht matte medium and I like it better; the transfers are a bit thinner and stretchier than with Golden but they're smoother and less likely to crack.
Here's my first piece. This is an image from a Dover royalty-free CD. I call her 'The Frenchwoman' because she reminds me of a figure from a Seurat painting, so I went with an impressionist feel. The background text is all in French. I found the headline on the right in a Montreal newspaper; it translates as “How does one manage artists?”, which gave me a chuckle.
The one below is me at about 3 or 4. All the background text is from a 1968 Jack and Jill magazine–but don't let me date myself…I was trying to go with a kind of childlike painting technique. Not sure I like it but the colors are good.
I'm finally getting around to posting the two pieces i finished for Jane Davies' text and image online class. I thought I'd get more done but too many things going on and I'm not thrilled with the text I've collected. I probably need to collect a better class of junk mail. Anyway, here are the two pieces I've done:
I had a good time working on blending the image into the background. It was very restful, which is strange because I usually fuss over that sort of thing.
I did a little more with this background because I thought the image was strong enough that it would still dominate.
I'll definitely play around more with this lesson when I get a chance.
Here are three collages for a lesson in Jane Davies' color online class. The first is the monochrome:
I used green blue and blue in this, as well as black and white, and the partly hidden letters are blue neutralized with orange. Mostly paint with a bit of cut paper and some doodling with watercolor crayon.
Here's an analogous piece:
This started with a green blue background and then a green and yellow green island appeared. All paint. I think I'll add some even lighter tints to the 'island' although this isn't as dark in real life as it appears.
And here's a complementary collage. I had a hard time finishing this one. The pinkish circles were bright red violet to start but that seemed too intense (even for me) so I knocked them back and now…they need something. Texture? Fine detail? So this is probably NOT finished!
Yes, I've been MIA, but there has been action behind the scenes, as I'm enrolled in Jane Davies' Unlocking the Secrets of Color class. Fun! Here are the pieces I did for the latest lesson. I love Jane's classes; I always learn something, which is more important to me than I thought it would be when it came to art.
My favorite first, kind of like dessert first
Those were the complementary pieces. Here are a couple of the monochromatics:
I started an analogous piece, but like I said in my workshop blog post, it's due for an extreme makeover!