Blender markers ... I was really looking forward to this section of Image Transfer Workshop . The transfer seemed so easy and perfect. I tried two different transfer materials - one suggested in the book, the other a why not? attempt at something different.
The necessary materials for me were:
- several toner-based images
- Chartpak colorless blender marker (a Copic blender will not work)
- rice paper
- background surface
- soft gel (gloss)
- scissor handle for burnishing the image
I repeated the process once more with another image. When the two images were dry I chose to use background papers that had been collaged with pages torn from an old dictionary and then painted. Following the instructions, I made a soft gel "sandwich" - gel on the background, rice paper image, soft gel on top of that.
Everyone always promises that tissue paper and rice paper will "just disappear into the background" when you glue it down with gel medium, but that has rarely been my experience. I was really disappointed with the very obvious border around the image. Yes, I could try to cover it up with paint ... or dream up some other way to hide the edges, but for me, that defeats the goal of a transfer.
The second rice paper transfer - closeup. All I could see were the white papery edges around the leaves.
For the third attempt, I decided to skip the rice paper and go direct to background paper with the image and blender marker. This was a little better, but for me results were not worth the effort.
To end this beautifully, feast your eyes on a sunset sky from a few days ago. It is incredible how gorgeous the sky can be.
|SOOC - amazing, right?|
The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1