Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Acrylic Gel Transfers



Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist for two days at the Long Trail School, a local private middle school and high school. The art teacher there, Anharad Edson, has taken a couple of my workshops, and I just love her to pieces! She is so great with the kids and super creative in coming up with projects for them. I admire art teachers who can make a meaningful lesson happen in a 38-minute period, and I've worked with a bunch of them in my area. How they do it is a mystery! We decided to teach the kids my basic collage technique, and then show them how to do an acrylic gel transfer (which is demonstrated in Collage Journeys). Since the acrylic gel has to dry overnight before the transfer can be completed, Anharad had the kids finish their projects in subsequent sessions. But they all made really good collage backgrounds, and they all got the wow factor of gel transfers. I'm posting a few pieces that I did as demonstrations. If you haven't done gel transfers and want to know how, go to pages 81 and 89 of Collage Journeys for two different approaches, or Google it! For these collage studies/demos, I used photos of myself printed out on an ink jet printer. The backgrounds are collage and paint. Fun fun fun!

6 comments:

  1. The colors have been excellent.

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  2. These are so amazing! Just very beautiful!!

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  3. The colors are incredible :) and I hope you had a lovely time as a visiting artist!

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  4. I just love these - and your book too of course!

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  5. Hi Jane!! I just started dabbling around a bit with inkjet transfers this year. I was so excited after my first attempt was successful. I love what they bring to the art piece. The way you did yours mixed with your art is what I'm trying to achieve--just the faint image mixed with the colors--I love it (plus the fact that used bold colors, which is very cool)

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