Monday, August 2, 2010
So I broke down and purchased this book. Man, is it ever cool! I had no clue there were so many ways you could get an image from one surface to another. A whole new world has opened up for me. Alas- still just me in this world, the portal didn't come equipped with a magical never-ending limit credit card or anything like that.
So the official name for this kind of transfer is called a 'skin'. I typed a phrase on regular paper with my regular ink jet printer. I think it probably works better with heavier weight paper. I coated it with matte gel medium. If you use gloss you get a more 'sheer' skin. I'm out of gloss so thought I'd experiment with matte. It seems that there are no wrong results- only different results.
my intention is to glue the skins on top of the previous transfer attempt. Really the way I was doing it was more of a cross between transferring and decoupage. Then I will embellish the feet further with three dimensional objects- shells and such.
Remember the 'whole new world' bit? These are "vintage" handkerchiefs from my mother's side of the family. We never threw anything out. When I cleaned out my parents house to sell it took three dumpsters. Big ones. No kidding. I kept some things but it was overwhelming to even decide what had value. So what to do with them besides just pack them away and pull them out every few years to look at?
WELL....they will make great backgrounds (already vintage- no need to embellish!) for crafts or stationary!
And...all those photo's I have been taking and hoarding (the fruit didn't fall far from the hoarding tree) can now be background material or incorporated into art. I have a thing about using images that don't belong to me. I want whatever I create to be mine from conception to completion. So- now I have a bigger pool of 'material' to draw from. Yay!!!!
MY final analysis is- Run, don't walk, out right now and buy this book. It will be a valuable part of your library!