Saturday, August 19, 2017

Image transfers with tape

Wow. I was NOT kidding about multiple pictures! Each project offers at least two options ... and there are multiple choices after that. So, here goes.

I chose 2 colorful magazine pages and a book page (much heavier paper) with a painting by Winslow Homer. The tape on the pink flowers folded as I applied it, but I thought it might be interesting to see what happened with that fold. You can see the tape shine on all three samples.

 
For the next step I lightly rubbed the back of each paper with drywall sandpaper, then misted each piece with water when I was ready to start removing the paper backing.
 


The magazine paper was the easiest. It slid from the tape with very little effort.

 

The book paper took a bit more rubbing (with flat part of fingertips only) but it finally came clean. The image was not perfect, but the occasional rough spots added to the charm.
 





Holding each piece against different backgrounds gave me some ideas about how the cleaned transfers could be used. 
 
the yellow narrow tape
W. Homer girl on antique book page

W. Homer girl on gelatin print paper
The pink flowers are attached to a drawing I don't like ... just to see what would happen. Interesting possibility on future projects. I ended cutting away the fold in the tape, so it didn't affect anything.


But my favorite is the girl. She found a home on a card front. She already has a new home. That's why I love making cards.


Next post - using the same tape transfer method only using clear Contact paper.

Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart to knowledge. Proverbs 22:17

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Image Transfer Workshop Project

Dear blog,

I have not intentionally neglected you. I have been under-inspired and it has shown in the number of times I came here to update you.

But then ... I joined the Instagram 100 Day Project. By the end of the 100 days, it occurred  me that there doesn't have to be a deadline looming to give me permission to make things ... to play with paper or all things sticky and messy.

I also was reminded of three great books that I purchased over the past few years (all three by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson). They are great books, but since I never appeared in my workroom with out a deadline looming, the books sat gathering dust.

This week I made the decision to work my way through every project in the book, Image Transfer Workshop. I won't skip any pages. I won't jump around the book. I will go page by page and try every technique.

There is no rush to finish. No 100 day deadline, so my goal is to try everything, use everything in some kind of end product, and enjoy the journey.

I've already completed the first how-to. Because there are lots of pictures that go with this, there may be more than one post to cover the steps. I want to be able to remember in detail everything that I learn.



Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. II Thessalonians 5:21

Monday, May 8, 2017

Beef tallow? Really?

I stumbled upon the 100 Day Project while scrolling through my Instagram feed. It seemed like a great idea ... good motivation for doing 100 days of cards. I'm on day 35 - almost a third of the way through. I love the fact that I have a growing stack of cards. Even better is what is becoming a routine of getting into the workroom and making a card.

Just one example of what is keeping me busy for a couple of hours every day. I can't make up my mind about using the cards ... should I start now? Should I wait until day #101 and see what it's like to actually hold that many cards in my hand? Hmmm. Such weighty decisions.

But what I really wanted to share is a very interesting ... no, unusual recipe I found on Food52 for face moisturizer. For a person with sensitive skin finding products that work is a major undertaking. You have to read ingredient labels, cover labels, do the smell test (fragrance added?), and finally, consider your schedule to determine if you have several free days to recover from a disaster caused when you applied an offending product to your face. Oh yes ... and then there is the itching.

So when this recipe showed up, it seemed like a great idea. All natural ingredients - I could even eat most of them if the moisturizer thing doesn't work out! Not the vitamin E, but everything else is ok in the kitchen.


After getting the ingredients together, I picked out a glass jar at Hobby Lobby and went to work melting everything. It wasn't a complicated process and didn't take long to have the hot liquid ready to pour into my jar. (I did NOT add the suggested fragrances. Fragrance has rarely been my friend, so I went for basic cream.)


As of today, I have used the moisturizer for several days. The first two days were great. No negative skin reaction. Yay! Then the cream started to harden - more like coconut oil in winter - which made it a bit more difficult to get out of the jar. But I managed. Today is the third day of dealing with skin that is red and feels rough ... kinda like dry hands in winter. Thankfully, it's not so noticeable that I have to hide in the house and wait for the healing to come.

I have decided to give it a few more days. I'm hoping my face will stop yelling at me and settle into the routine of natural products with pronounceable ingredients.

I'll be sure to register the final decision right here.

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. Psalm 5:8

Thursday, March 23, 2017

One by one

I have had some extra time lately to spend making cards. I wish I could say that they have been produced by the dozen, but I just can't seem to bring myself into the mode of mass production.




For me, sending a card is a labor of love in two ways - I love the making and I love the sending.

... It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

So much for lovely things...!

There have been lovely things, but not the time to blog about them. It's sad - and a bit frightening - the way one day slides into a new day before we have time to appreciate all that the moments held.

The past three months have been full, no ... overflowing, with joyous milestones, laughing with the family until it was hard to breathe, separations that were difficult and final, new friends, events, weather, power outages, car repairs, sickness and health ... all the stuff that life is made of.


To the opening of  doors ... finding new opportunities to remember and enjoy ... I welcome 2017. 

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Patina


Sometimes life gets cumbersome. The cares of this world crowd out what is important ... what is vital ... what gifts God provides to make the soul sing.

In order to overcome the the tyranny of the urgent, I decided to look for - with eyes and heart - moments of loveliness in my life. 

This is day one.

Patina
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. Proverbs 20:29

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The beauty of November

November in Michigan ...
  •  the trees have flung most of their leaves in crunchy heaps on the ground.
  • the days are cooler and the nights can be downright COLD!
  • we know, oh how we know, that winter winds and snow and bitter cold are just around the corner.
But in spite of the raking and shivering and dread that curbs our enthusiasm for November, there are beautiful things that happen. And occasionally, they are captured in full color.


That sky! The last stubborn leaves that just won't let go. The promise of milkweed for years to come.

...Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Splatters and flower frogs

Sometimes the conventional wisdom doesn't work.

A few of the conventional ways to get paint splatters on artwork are:
  1. Use a toothbrush or stiff bristle brush and pull your finger across the bristles. Bristles up or down... your choice. 
  2. Dip a small paintbrush in paint. Hold the brush a few inches above the surface to be splattered - parallel to that surface - and and tap the handle against a pencil or the finger of your other hand.
  3. Dip a straw into your paint and then blow through the straw. 
The nice thing about splatters are that they are unpredictable. The bad thing about splatters is that they are unpredictable.

If you are trying to make them happen in close proximity to text ... yikes. Unpredictable is not good. So what's a person to do? Improvise...

Meet my perfect supposed-to-look-like-snowflakes-among-the-tree-branches tool.
 


An old, rusty, and obviously much used flower frog. No doubt this is the first time that it has been used for paint, but  now that I know what can be accomplished ... it won't be the last time! It produced everything I needed - controlled splatter, texture, speed!
 

I am looking at my collection with fresh eyes. I wonder... ?

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1