Continued problems with image transfers in my Mixed Media Painting Class…
• If you are using cheap canvas panels, paint the back with medium to stop the panel from warping, and the front with another layer of gesso. The panels are cheap for a reason and extra gesso is needed because the original gesso is so thinly applied that it doesn’t have enough acrylic in it to create the ‘stickiness’ needed to transfer images.
• my ‘scribbles’ transfer went slightly better than my previous ones, with only a few holes!
• I had it with the black inverted scribble area on top but my friend Sandy decided she liked it sideways better, said it looked like two bramble-covered cliffs plunging into the sea.
• I think I will add some big splotches of black ink to cover up the holes in my transfers. • Found a big bottle of ‘India ink’ and started splashing it on the ‘mistakes’ when I noticed that the label, barely visible under a smear of ink, said ‘China ink’. But China ink and India ink are the same, right? Wrong! India ink is waterproof; China ink isn’t and will smear when you try and paint on top.
• LATER: actually it was India ink, and it IS supposed to be waterproof (it turned out that I was looking at the French part of the label). However it isn’t waterproof when applied to an acrylic surface which is a type of plastic, and if you want waterproof ink you have to use another product I have never heard of called ‘acrylic ink.’
• To try and seal it I sprayed it twice with ‘Crystal Clear’, foul stuff with poisonous vapors. Last little bit I wiped didn’t smear like earlier but did ‘crack’ off
• Next I tried spraying it with acrylic medium but my little windex bottle sprayer almost immediately clogged up and ran gray drips all down my painting. I wiped off the most offensive drips, and took a photo. I kind of like the bluish tone of the drips on the black but of course they will dry clear.
Now what? I am turning to Cy Twombly for inspiration. He has some great ‘scribble’ and ‘dribble’ paintings: http://www.google.ca/search?q=cy+twombly&sa=X&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAGOovnz8BQMDgwYHsxCnfq6-gXFaYV6FEphpapRnkqTFF5BaVJyfF5yZklqeWFls-UWiwZP17OtNzJ__Xar6KjvxEc8rAN9uUi1FAAAA&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=wnrDUZX3OKfjiAL80YF4&ved=0CNEBEIke&biw=1379&bih=935
Our super instructor’s site: http://jeannekrabbendam.com/ On her site she has her work and offers lots of different workshops and courses.
Mixed Media Class Experience:
- My first mixed media class – selecting images suitable for transfer
- I am frantically wondering, “where’s the undo button?“
- Mistakes and more mistakes (using my scribbles as an example)
- How to do an image transfer, method # 1