Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Giveaway!

I am excited to share with you a video I just made demonstrating a technique I learned from Patti Brady: creating acrylic "skins" to use as collage material.  I am using the technique to make transparent skins using a soft gel medium.  In her book, "Rethinking Acrylic",  Patti shows you various other ways of using the technique. 


I am offering a copy of Patti's book to a random blog reader who comments on this post.  All you have to do to have a shot at "Rethinking Acrylic" is comment on the blog.  Make sure you include your full name, or whatever moniker you'd like to use so that I can identify you in the draw.  I will post the name of the winner on Monday, November 11, and it will be your responsibility to contact me with your mailing address.  This is open to readers in the USA and Canada only, as overseas shipping is prohibitive.

Enjoy the video!

Here are the pieces still in process.  I will post them again when finished. 





This one is not in the video.

If you are going to try this, I encourage you to make several transparent skins at one time, and work on a series of collages.  Give yourself room to play!

My 2014 workshops all focus on working in series, so I am plugging that concept.  I've found it to be one of the most productive aspects of my art practice.

Click here to see the Tulip Slick paint I use for scribbling. 
Click here for the soft gel gloss, and other gels.
Click here for plastic sheet protectors.

Comment to have a chance to win "Rethinking Acrylic", by Patti Brady.

94 comments:

  1. Your work is always so amazing. Love this series. Great giveaway!

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  2. I would love to find out more about this technique. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Going back to peek at the video now. Lesley

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  3. I love these amazing compositions and I'm loving the classes! I'm working on both like crazy today and waiting for transparencies to dry. :-)

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  4. Nice, Jane! I love making acrylic skins. I was wondering if the Tulip Slick paint is archival such as will it fade over time or is it acrylic paint with structure? I wouldn't want to use it and have it fade in a few years. Thanks for the video! And I already have the book so you don't have to include me in the the give away.
    Mo

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    1. Good point! I'm pretty sure that the tulip paint will last longer than you will. What you pay for in acrylic is pigment (as well as quality of the polymer binder), and this paint does not have a heavy pigment load. It doesn't need one in this technique. What I like about it is the consistency. You could use the Golden Fluid Acrylics, but they don't stand up the way the Tulip Slick does. I am in search of a good quality paint with this consistency, that comes in a truckload of different colors.

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  5. this looks so cool! Thank you Jane for introducing both the book and technique-and for generously offering a copy as a giveaway!

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  6. This is something I have never done, very inventive and I love how your pieces turned out. Wish you lived closer so I could sneak over!

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  7. Oh count me in Jane!! Love to see the pieces you've done with skins.

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  8. I adore your work, Jane. You are infinitely inspiring, and thank you for sharing your process via classes, books, etc. Great giveaway, too, thanks.

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  9. Another great tutorial, Jane. Please enter me in your giveaway. Hugs

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  10. SO cool!!! I'm constantly looking for ways to incorporate transparency into my collage pieces.

    You rock, and I'm not saying it just for the giveaway! lol :)

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  11. Please throw my name in the hat for the give-away. And Jane, I'm REALLY enjoying the online COMPOSITION class! You're a wonderful and inspiring instructor. Can't wait to take the online COLOR class...

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  12. Been doing this for some time - even running the skins through my printer as well as using images that I transfer into the gel and rub off the paper backing. But never did I think to use paint like you did in the video. The ole noodle is going off now! Thank you so much.

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  13. Always looking for another thing to do with paints - thanks for the chance!

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  14. I'd read this book but I didn't feel attracted to any of the work as much as yours! Thanks for sharing & making the video.

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  15. Beautiful. Thank your for demonstrating this. I'm going to try it right away

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  16. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway. I am so inspired

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  17. I appreciate your generosity in making these free video demos, Jane. Thank you.

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  18. Thanks for always being so inspiring and sharing wonderful techniques and art! Love your online classes!

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  19. Thanks for demoing the gel transfer technique. This is a new one for me.

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  20. I just started using acrylics and I need all the help I can get! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  21. I like your experiments, and I love to have a change to win this book. greetings from Liesbeth

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  22. would love to win this book with these new to me methods to try. Looks like fun.

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  23. This is wonderful , I love all your videos and would love to win too =)

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  24. LOVE this! what an awesome idea - would love to check out this book - sounds like a lot of cool new techniques to learn! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  25. Jane- Matisse has a really nice structural paint but I believe it would have to be thinned a bit if I remember correctly. You might look into that but thank you for answering my question. It sounds like the Tulip paints will be just fine.

    http://www.derivan.com.au/derivan-products/matisse-structure-formula-acrylic.html

    Mo

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  26. Great piece. I work extensively in encaustic media and this is an excellent addition to making collages for that application. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. These materials would not work with encaustic, but I'm guessing you can come up with a similar technique using encaustic medium and paint. I'd try freezer paper or parchment for the substrate, though, as the plastic could melt. Drizzle black encaustic paint onto it using a tjanting, then pour, or somehow apply, the encaustic medium.... With encaustic, though, thin papers become transparent, so you can get the same effect by scribbling in India ink on rice paper, and using it as transparent collage material. And, unlike doing it in encaustic paint, the India ink will not move when you re-heat it. Just my thoughts.

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  27. Jane, this is such a cool technique. I definitely want to try it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Sona

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  28. I would love to read and play with this book. Thanks for sharing the video. Very interesting!
    Diane (and the Canadian Content)

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  29. I'd love to check that book out, your skin turned out awesome and so perfect for your collages!

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  30. oooh ... I love making acrylic skins. Thanks for the chance to pick up the book. Sounds intriguing.

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  31. I've heard of skins but never saw it done - thanks for sharing this video and for the book opportunity!

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  32. This looks very interesting! I've never tried it and am curious as to how I could incorporate it into my collage work. I think my students would love to learn how to make these. Thanks for sharing! I'll look for the book!

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  33. Thanks, Jane! This really gets my attention. After all the experimentation I did with soft gel transfers in Text and Image, I have a real appreciation for the medium and its flexibility. I love the "organic" nature of these disembodied lines - the random edges and breaks that you just can't draw. I love the opportunity to move them around and test before scribbling on something permanently. And, I love the gap- and edge filling potential of them. Tomorrow I play!

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  34. Gotham girl here...lovin' this. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  35. The process and the tulip paint are cool. I just took an acrylic painting workshop. Our tables were covered with thick plastic. The teacher encouraged us to squeeze our paints out on the table through out the week. Spread them around too at the end of the day. At the end of the week, you could peel off this cool colorful acrylic skin and use it in collages.
    Sharon Sams

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  36. Thanks jane. Something to do with that box of tulip paints. Always fun going on this blog.
    Selena Dixon by the way baby Lucy is here.

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  37. you made the whole process seem do able, love your collages, and would love to win the book

    lee kreklewetz

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  38. Just love to watch your videos. You go from wildly scribbling to very deliberate movements with mostly brushes, but also just with your fingers. The colors you choose are interesting to me and your voice is pleasing. Watching your videos is almost meditative to me. Probably not really your goal, but there it is...Keep it up..
    Maria Cook

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    1. So glad to hear this, Maria! Meditative works.

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  39. Oh I can't wait to try this and Pattis book is on on my wish list. Thanks so much
    for sharing with us. :)
    jannie cass

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  40. this looks like so much fun, would love to have the book.
    Esther Cohen

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  41. I have 2 copies of the book (accidentally) so don't need to be in the drawing. As someone else said, the paintskins I have done were with leftover fluid paints swirled or tilted back and forth on the shiny side of freezer paper on a board or on a plastic bag, then if they were thin, we put Golden's self leveling gel or clear tar gel over them, then let them dry for a day before peeling off. I keep mine between parchment paper in clean pizza boxes. I use them as "jewels" in collages.

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  42. This looks great, putting my name in! Catherine Ednie

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  43. Looks like so much fun. Thanks for the give away. My name is Boo Martin

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  44. This looks really great. I went to the studio to try this technique as soon as I watched your video, and am now waiting for the gel to dry. How do you think it would work if the gel were applied to the page protector first and the paint applied on top of the wet gel? I'm trying that now.

    I'd love to win the book.

    Sandy Gregg

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  45. Love your work. Love this technique. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  46. Hi there! Please add my name to your give away hat!
    Susan christensen

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  47. I love this technique and have used something similar to it for years to make skins out of things like book pages. It's fantastic.

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  48. Fabulous! Its always a great day when there is a new Jane video, and this seems esp great. Echo what others have said--Jane's classes are outstanding--inspiring and informative.

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  49. wow what a great idea -- your videos are always inspiring and so interesting to watch your process -- would love to take an in person class some day -- on my wish list -- thanks for a chance to win

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  50. Looks like a very cool book, and it's one I don't have . . . hint hint.

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  51. I love this technique...so cool! Your work is very inspiring. Thanks for a chance to win this book!

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  52. I already have this book so won't leave all my info to be contacted. But just wanted to say I love the idea of "skins" from the book and especially the way you incorporated them into your art.
    Gorgeous collages, once again.
    Lorraine

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  53. I would love a chance to win this book! Love your work and I love your videos!

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  54. Put my name in the hat - who wouldn't love a new art book? I'm watching the development of these pieces with anticipation!

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  55. What a fabulous idea these skins are. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your videos with us all.
    Claudia Fuller

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  56. Oh, how cool. would love to have this book. thanks!

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  57. As always, so appreciative of the videos you make and post. Can hardly wait to try out this technique. And...would love the book. Thanks!

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  58. This is a really interesting idea. I have a lot of the tulip fabric paints already, so I think I'll give this a try.

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  59. well, i never really 'thought' about them in the 1st place. i just paint & play. but, it sounds like i DO need to think about them , INDEED. blessings. & thanks bunches from Plumz Soapz

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  60. Jane, I am a huge fan of your work and love this technique. I can think of a number of ways to apply it. I would love the book :) I hope someday to take a class with you.
    textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  61. Thank you so much for sharing this technique, I use tulip liners a lot in my work and am really excited about trying out this method!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  62. What a wonderful idea for collage. I just took a class on making acrylic skins from a Golden Paint representative. Can't wait to try this technique. Thank you for sharing. FranPatPi

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  63. Great technique, thank you for the demo and inspiration! Also thank you for offering the giveaway of "Rethinking Acrylic"!

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  64. I would love to have the book, It would fit right in with your class that I'm taking now on text and image. Thanks for the demo. Lois

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  65. I love following your work as you progress through this series! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  66. Hi jane! Loved seeing your demo of acrylic skins, I might have to try one. Would love to win this book!

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  67. I would love to learn some acrylic techniques! Thanks for the chance at the book!

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  68. This looks like so much fun! I just watched the "Scribble Collage" DVD and I keep adding to the list of painting techniques I want to try... :)

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  69. This looks like a lot of fun and potential.

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  70. Thank you for sharing your love of collage! I am forever inspired by each video and technique. Thank you for the chance to win the book, too.

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  71. What a simple but effective technique! The video was great and the book has to be full of good ideas. Thanks.

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  72. I always love your videos. I have a box of Tulip paints languishing in a cupboard. They'll be out today for a run.

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  73. Interesting video and cool collages.

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  74. Another fun technique I need to try!

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  75. Wonderful video! You are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, and a chance to win the book.

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  76. Loved your video. Thanks for the give away

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  77. Your video was just what I needed to kick-start my next piece. Thanks for the give away.

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  78. What a great technique. The book promises to be a great addition to any library! Thanks for the tutorial. The pieces are inspiring.

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  79. I love your work and your tutorials are so inspiring. Thank you!

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  80. What a great technique! Thanks for sharing Jane. And thanks for the generous give away!

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  81. That book is on my wish list, if I don't win it, it will be my next purchase. Your tutorials are great.

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  82. What a great book! I'd love a chance to win a copy! I like watching your tutorials. I learn a lot!

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  83. I'm glad I stopped to read your blog today. I haven't been on in a while and was playing catch-up. I am not familiar with this technique but find it interesting with many possibilities. Would love to win the book and find out more. thank you for your generosity. Tina Hicks aka Red Opal

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  85. That is so cool!! Like making designs with chocolate but not fattening LOL!

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  86. Yesterday I followed a workshop Gelli Printing and I'm totally addicted. What you made is really amazing. I would love to read more!

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  87. I saw your video on making skins and had a go. Worked like a charm. But you might be interested on how I used your idea as a springboard to create Gelli printed skins :) http://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/gelli-skins/ It worked better than I expected. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Mary Anne

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    1. Since I was playing with die cutting my Gelli skins I had a go at the scribble one too. Worked great with Nesties and the Grand Calibur http://scrappystickyinkymess.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/1scribbleskin.jpg Possibly not...organic enough for you, too regimented and perfectly circular, but for what it's worth...

      And since you asked :) I am making Advent tags from Gelli prints for DD. These skins will find their way on to a couple of tags, but eventually perhaps to some sort of collage.

      Cheers...

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  88. I just found this...I had been trying to do this using freezer paper...this works so much better..thank you for sharing

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  89. thanks for always keeping us thinking and creating

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