Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day
Happy Anniversary for those Celebrating!
I am participating in Kathryn's invitation for a Blog Party!
Over to the right find the beautiful Valentine that represents the invitation and click it to go to her blog where you can find a blogroll of the participants.
Enjoy as well, looking through her blog at her inspirational artwork and get to know Kathryn through her posts. She leads a group of us on a soul journey and arting journal journey.

Today I will lead through how I created this page.
A Valentine.

Here is a picture with all the supplies and a few of the tools involved.
1. Gesso applied to a sheet of cardboard; or canvas; whatever you choose for a substrate. I chose cardboard recycled from some food packaging.
2. Applied the first layer of paint randomly; Transparent Quinacridone Red Airbrush paint
3. Stenciled using Golden Soft Gel Gloss spread with a credit card (or something with a similar edge) Gave me roses on the side and the bottom dragonfly.
4. Layered more color thinned with matte medium (Golden) cobalt, turquoise, quinacridone/nickle azo gold...keep adding color layers as you like..let dry in between so you can see through them.
5. added stamp using acrylic black paint...wash stamp immediately.
6. " Whisper I Love You " is a gel transparency. Printed onto regular copy paper from ink jet printer. Transferred using Golden gloss gel medium.
I apply the medium to the area of artwork I want to transfer ..a thin layer 2-3 different directions then lay onto the area for transfer.
Using the bone folder I smooth over artwork to make the adherence a good bond. Give 5-7 minutes and peel up a corner to see if the transfer is good.
remove the rest of the paper.
Most of the time paper will be left behind, if so with a damp finger gently rub the area until the pulp comes off and continue to do so until the are is smooth of the fuzzy paper.
You CAN rub too hard and will lift off the image you transferred.
Trial and error will give you the practice and give you a sense of what I am talking about.
The nice thing about transfers are you can see through them. Had i not used a dark background behind the letters the whole are could be seen through.
Click and go large you can see part of the stamp under the clearer portion of the letters.
7. The cherub and hearts artwork are affixed with a glue.
8. Added tissue paper over the cherubs.
This image shows a before I added the last layer of clear sealer.

This shows after my layers of sealer.
That is the only difference...the sealer.

Go Whisper...I Love your special someone.



An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs said...

Thanks for sharing your techniques!

Christy said...

Love the collage and the tutorial on how you made it. That dragon fly and the other texture are my favs (I just love texture!)

Caryn Lynn said...

Your blog is great. I love that you shared your creative process. I am going to try out your transfer technique. Thanks and have a wonderful day of love. XoXo, Caryn

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Thank you for sharing your techniques! Betty

Julie Pia said...

You are such a talented lady. I wish you lived closer, so you could teach my daughter a few things. She also loves your blog. Thanks, Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

I love your Valentine! The layers are beautiful and symbolic of the many layers of love. Thanks for visiting. I will be back soon!

gertru said...

beautiful artwork!

Jorgelina said...

Love the collage.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Karen Campbell said...

Nice tutorial ... love the collage!!

Sarah Whitmire said...

Happy Valentines day! Thanks for sharing your art. :)



Anne said...

Hi, Mary! Pretty valentine! Happy Valentine's Day! :-)

Linda said...

Hi Mary,

That's beautiful. I'm going to have to try your method of image transfer. I really like how it came out. I've used packing tape transfers but I don't like the glossy look of the tape.

Anyway I wish you and your family a very happy Valentine's day.

Shell said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Mar. I love the heart and awesome that you gave us a tutorial. Thanks for the love you showed on my blog post.

Mischief Maker said...

I knew there was something I forgot to do yesterday!

KathrynAntyr said...

Thank you for sharing your process. How cool! I love your suggestion to go whisper "I love you" to your special someone. Today my friend and neighbor stopped by briefly with her two small children. As they were on their way out I looked at the toddler and said to her, "I love you." Oh you should have seen how she smiled. She felt the love. Her brother came running back with a devilish look on his face and when I told him that I loved him he giggled with so much delight. What a lucky day. Both on land and in blogland, I've been a part of spreading that love.

Thanks for coming out to play!

Happy Valentine's Day.
{soul hugs}

di from di-did-it said...

Holy wow ~ I just skimmed but love your art & your blog. I'll be back to soak it all in!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Michelle said...

thanks for the fun demo! Come over to see me, I'm having my own party as well!


Thauna said...

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Love what you created...thank your for sharing the details of your process. Hope your day was full of love!

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentines Day!

Judy H in NC said...

Thanks for the details on how you create. Now, I think it needs a new

Lisa said...

Happy day after Valentine's Day. Cool tutorial!

Mrs. Stinky said...

Hi Mar! Lovely artwork. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry it took me so long to get to yours. Hope you had a great Valentine's day.
Heather :)

Seth said...

Thanks for showing us the process. very cool. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

Connie Paxman said... your piece and the awesome instructions...I did not play along. But off to see what everyone did..
connie paxman

Francine Cronos said...

I love your blog and the great tutorials! Thank you so much.

Sue said...

Hi de hi - better late than never. Thanks for sharing that technique - will definitely be giving it a go. Hope you had a good weekend ...

Dawn said...

Love your art! Thanks for visiting my blog and I did indeed whisper I Love You's to my special someones! Best Wishes ;o)

Lady North said...

Oh oh..I can see where this site is going to be dangerous to my kitchen table (aka Creative I am a slow turtle (hands hurt from typing after a while and I can only do so much..darn) and I am still working through the Valentine Partylist but just wanted to let you know I was here and enjoyed your blog very much! Thank you for sharing -Happy World Friendship Week! Blessings LN

Lisa said...

Thanks for the valentine visit. I throughly enjoyed browsing your blog, especially the step-by-steps. You have an awesome studio!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is beautiful. I love the layers. I want to reach out and touch the finished piece. Nice job.

Ronnie said...

Wow, Mar! What you can do with a piece of throw away cardboard. Dang!
I'm trying this gel medium transfer tech. Thanks for sharing your know how.
Love the blog.

Ronnie said...

Wow, Mar! What you can do with a piece of throw away cardboard. Dang!
I'm trying this gel medium transfer tech. Thanks for sharing your know how.
Love the blog.

Birds of a Feather said...

oh, lovely!
xo heidi

Anonymous said...

That is actually pretty cool. Especially when I click on small image and can really see the details.

LaY hOoN said...

This is such a wonderful canvas.
Love the colour combi !!