3.11.2013

A scientific approach

Rarely do I work on a single collage at a time...usually I work in sets of two to five pieces at once...related images but each with a different approach...I find that there's a synergy that occurs...a snippet that doesn't fit in one place is perfect in another...until there is quite a symphony going on (though sometimes there is cacophony!)

Presently I am working on 10 collages at once...each of them a botanical print...
Scandinavian I believe...mostly of grasses...

I prepped each canvas the same...french manuscript pages wrapped around the frame...followed by two layers of paint...applied with an old sponge for additional texture...






































Now I'm in the midst of composing each collage...for me, it is an exacting science...I think it resonates with the botanical theme...measured and methodical...to have order and relation...as things would be in a scientific study...




































































As I'm building the layers and the nuances, I want to add another image to the main plant focus...and in keeping with the scientific theme, I decided to design my own "insect studies" to complement the botanical plants.

I had read about making your own image transfers...using overhead transparency sheets...I liked the idea of being able to add another layer and yet still see what was underneath...I spent the weekend exploring the options...my own sort of artistic/scientific "lab experiment"...here's what I learned...

Its much easier to design transfer images (especially if you want to use a number of layers) in Photoshop...and at the end, when you need to flip the image horizontally so that you have a reverse image to print, is also easier with Photoshop...

Since you are printing on transparency with an inkjet printer...the ink can smear...even after it is dry...so be very careful when you are rubbing the image onto your surface...I tried to transfer an image onto one of my painted canvases...it smeared...but the good thing...its inkjet...which means its water soluble...I wiped the smeared image off with a damp paper towel and it was completely erased...

Printing onto fabric worked the best...and since I set the image with a hot iron, it won't rub off the fabric...here I used a french postage mark from French Kiss transferred onto a piece of raw linen...





















Even after I had transferred the design onto either fabric or paper, there was enough of the image left on the transparency to be recognizable...so these transparency sheets will be directly attached to my collages...ink side down against the canvas so no residue ink can be worn off...

As a thank you to my faithful followers...I've included here a PDF sheet with four of my transfer designs from my weekend experiment...all you need to do is print them out on a sheet of overhead transparency film...with an inkjet printer...cut them apart (ever so carefully!), flip one of the images ink side down onto your surface...and then using a popsicle stick or a bone folder or a wooden spoon...gently rub over the entire surface until all the ink has lifted off the sheet and adhered to your surface...


I'd love to see what you create...I'll show you mine if you show me yours...!


12 comments:

  1. Thatnk you for sharing!! I love that kind of experimentation ... It's good to know that it worked well on fabric because I've not found a method yet that does .... My personal favorite transfer tech uses ink jet prints and mod podge. I have the specs on my blog if you're interested.

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    1. thanks Kim...I'll have to check out your technique...

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  2. As soon as I get some transparencies, I'll give it a go. Thanks for sharing. I've tried some transfers before with limited luck.

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    1. yes Christie - give it a try! I think you'll love it...

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  3. I've never tried that technique, Amy, but it sounds fun! Thanks for sharing the wonderful designs, too!

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  4. Thank you, Amy, the transfer is gorgeous! I loved seeing you working on the collages, which are quite stunning! I haven't used inkjet transfer for years but I think you have given me the urge to give it another go.

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  5. Amy - these are just gorgeous - so beautifully put together and intriguing to boot!!

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    1. thanks Wyn...I'm kinda hooked now...dreaming up more ideas for images...do you ever do that...get hooked on an idea that you can't shake until you've tried every permutation of it...

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  6. Hi Amy, wow, these are beautiful. When I get to town next week I will surely buy some 'overhead transparency film'. Will these beautys still be available to us next week? I do have vellum paper, do you think that might work? I love your little bird peeking out from the scissor handle. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  7. Hi Amy, nope vellum will not work, as I just tried it. The butterfly and bee were open long enough to rub off but the words didn't transfer over at all. Oh well, guess I will have to wait until next week. They all look really cool on the vellum though. Blessings and smiles, Emilou

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  8. This is so great! thank you for sharing!
    Beautiful work as usual!
    xo Cindy

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  9. Emilou - the image might not have worked on vellum as a transfer image...but I love the idea of printing on vellum - didn't think of that...thanks for the inspiration!

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