Transfers using bought papers - Paula
Just to add to this...you can also make tape transfers using some
of the papers you buy. I learned this from Tim Holz in one of his
classes. Pretty cool!
Can you share the technique you learned? What type of papers?
From: CompositionArtJournals@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CompositionArtJournals@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of shelly
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CompositionArtJournals] Re: Shelly....art journal
> Hey Shelly, I played around with my pictures in file with
> paintbrush since my photo editor would not "stitch". I really
> appreciate how you describe what you did not the pages of your
> album. this is invaluable to me.
i'm happy to help! were you able to get the two halves of the
spread together in one file?
> on the pages letters to Esther
> page and happy I found and finished the sky How did you do your
the background for Happy I Found was done with cheap craft acrylics.
i spread the paint really thinly with a credit card, then
immediately "washed" all the excess off with a baby wipe.
for Letters to Esther, I again spread cheap craft acrylics with a
credit card, but i didn't wash off the paint. i just let it dry as
is. if you look closely, it's uneven and you can see some of the
marks where the credit card squeegeed the paint. i used a tissue to
rub some metallic silver paint around the edges, for a border. then
i stamped over the silver with blue acrylic paint, using a stamp i
cut from an eraser with an Xacto knife. it wasn't as complicated as
it sounds. actually, that page has so much layering because i
couldn't stand the way it originally looked. if i recall correctly,
there's a layer of dark blue under the wine-colored background.
> how did you get your writing to "show up" I need some basics.
do you mean how did i get it to show up against the dark paint? in
the first one, i just used black ink (Faber-Castell Pitt pens have
nice, rich pigment). in the second one, i used a light colored gel pen.
or did you mean how do you enhance the contrast in your photo editor
to make the writing show up better? in most programs, you can tweak
the contrast under the Edit menu, or the Image or Tools menu. you
can play around with lightening it, darkening it, or upping the
contrast. or, you can do a combination of things. i'm not familiar
with Paintbrush, so i'm not sure exactly what it can do. i imagine
it has similar capabilities, though.
one other thing i've noticed, is that it helps to scan at a higher
resolution (i usually use 300dpi at 100% original size), then lower
the resolution to 72dpi in your photo editing program. the end
result ends up being clearer and nicer looking than if you
originally scan the image at 72dpi. also, i keep the high
resolution files archived, so that if i want to print them or use
them at a later date, i don't have to rescan them. after i upload
the low res files to Flickr or my website or wherever, i discard them.