Friday, 3 July 2009


Many thanks to Carole and Jen for the muslin offers but I finally managed to lay my hands on some here! I tried a spot of tea dying and am quite pleased with the results. I also dipped a couple of crepe paper rolls and finished the edges with antique ink sprayed with water.
I've also been having fun with acrylic, plastic wrap and transfers. The techniques have been around for yonks but there are some particularly nice examples in the publications below. Artist Trading Card Workshop by Bernie Berlin is a superb book jam packed with paint techniques and ideas. A while ago I mentioned Claudine Hellmuth's Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond the Unexpected but I'll say it again as it's such a great book! She uses loads of plastic wrap and sticky back plastic to make backgrounds. You can see her here demonstrating transfers. The Sept 2008 issue of the German mag Just Stamps features an article on Image Transfer by Anke Humpert who uses watery acrylics to create a background for her transfers, really beautiful effect.

I posted this pic of my rellies earlier which I transfered onto fabric using a Laser print and Gel Medium. I made a backing out of thick card and decorated it with lace and buttons from Angelika This piece has now winged it's way to Nathalie in the US complete with one of the folded paper stars she sent me!

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Jeanne said...

What a gorgeous piece you are sending to Nathalie. She is one lucky girl! And I love Claudine Hellmuth too. She has lots of great techniques in both of her books.

~*~Patty S said...

oooo so many techniques and you're trying them all M :)

your page looks wonderful, so exciting to have it on its way I'm sure

I was soaking light cardboard and thinking of you and wondering if I'm doing anything differently, yours seems to have so much character and texture, mine still look a bit flat??

Unknown said...

I love your rellies- I see them every day on my wall. I was remiss in not posting a rave about your package! SORRY! My life speeds on.

Mixed Media Martyr said...

That blue crepe paper looks gorgeous under the edge there! I love the way it repeats the bottom of her skirt!