Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Friday, 24 August 2012
I've been really enjoying these Monday morning try-it workshops at the Beetroot Tree. This week I went on one to experiment using Acrylic Medium Transfers - a technique you can use to transfer printed images from your inkjet printer or photocopier onto almost any surface. You can use any acrylic paint to do this but we used an acrylic gel which is clear so it enables you to layer up images.
Acrylic Transfer onto White Card
Acrylic Transfer onto Linen Fabric
There are two different processes - a transfer and a lift. A transfer will apply a reverse of the image directly onto surfaces such as paper, card and fabric. A lift will create a skin which can be applied to non-porous surfaces such as metal and plastic.
Acrylic Transfer Lift
The transfers will be particularly useful for me to get a printed image onto really thick paper or fabric that wont go through the printer directly. I also like the quality of the image once its transferred as it breaks down a bit and you get some really interesting effects by accident.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Here's an update on the Stamping workshop I did on Monday. It was so much fun and great to have a play with some new media and techniques. Softsculpt was a revelation to me and I really enjoyed using it - you heat it up with a heat gun and press a texture into it, then you reheat it and it springs back into shape ready for the next use - fantastic!
Stamping with a pencil eraser.
Stamping with an eraser.
Stamps created using Appli Glue.
Stamps created using foam sheets and SoftSculpt.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Alternative Stamping - Use non traditional stamping materials and methods. Create your own textures, stamps and prints from a selection of unusual materials. Things like fun foam sheets and raised outliners can create one of a kind effects to use in artwork, scrapbooking, cardmaking and more!
Acrylic Medium Transfers - Learn how to lift and transfer images using acrylic gel medium. Create wonderful images and designs by using the gel transfer technique. Images can be transferred onto metal, fabric and more!
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
I managed to go to the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery last week for the first time since it opened up. They had an exhibition of Thomas Demand Model Studies which I found really interesting - I loved the textures, angles and movement created within the photographs. They have a mysterious quality emphasised by the lighting and abstract compositions. Thomas Demand was a new artist to me but I wasn't surprised to find out he was German - there's something about German Art I am drawn to.
I did also however spend just as long looking in the shop - they have such an exciting array of interesting things to buy. I came across this book called Colours by PatrickGeorge that uses transparencies in a really inspiring way. It looks at colour and what happens when you play with it. The transparencies have coloured areas which when placed over the two opposite backgrounds create a different colour and scenario. I suppose its really for children but I had to buy it!
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
I've been really busy experimenting lately - trying to develop my Coloured Transparency Work. Am really interested in creating layers and movement where the overlapping sheets create new colours. I've also introduced some repetition based on pattern through the use of mirrors. Here's what I've been working on - so far I'm happiest with the above image - I love the incidental shapes that occur in the photograph along with the sharp and blurry areas. Am excited to see where all this experimenting takes me - will keep you posted!
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Oh how I love visits from the Starbeck Sales Van! It's filled to the brim with drawers of unusual, exciting range of multicultural artifacts. They're a fantastic resource for any school or artist, and our school buys from them at least once a year to refresh our drawing resources. We bought a range of dried seed pods for one of the GCSE exam questions this time, but previously we've bought masks, fabrics, wooden stamps and bowls.
I've also been using the seed pods as part of my 365 project as they are so beautiful to photograph.