Thursday, January 16, 2014

Deli Paper Prints

Well, the finished pieces are layered and layered and layered, so they are more paintings than prints.  The deli paper prints are the beginnings.  THANKS to those of you who have sent, are sending, and have offered to send deli paper!!

Here is a short video on how I use deli paper to print, or transfer, paint.


First stage.  This is as far as I got in the video.
Then I scribbled all over it and applied more paint.

This version is almost done.

And here, I think it is done.  Not certain, but we'll let it sit a day and see.

This is the second piece that is finished, I think, out of the twelve in process.
 The rest of the pieces are in process, but some are almost finished, I think.  Sometimes the last 5% takes the longest, so I won't speak too soon.  They are all 12"x12" on printmaking paper.











Materials used in the video include:
Blick Matte Acrylics
Golden Open Gel
Deli Paper
See My Favorite Materials for papers and other paints.

We use this and other deli paper techniques in Layering with Transparencies workshop, which I'm offering this spring in Kansas City and Portland, Oregon.  Also in Big Fat Art: Big Fat Art Weekend in Vermont (March) is full, but I'm offering a four-day Big Fat Art workshop at Pacific Northwest Art School in September, and a one-day Big Fat Art workshop in Virginia Beach in October.

31 comments:

  1. So much helpful info in such a short video - thank you!

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  2. As always, thank you for these wonderful video tutorials. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

    Interesting technique... I shall try it tomorrow.

    Question: Why put the paint on the deli paper and then "print" it on to the painting as opposed to just painting the black and then the white paint directly on to the painting?

    I know there is a reason, but I can't come up with it :-)

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    1. Try it and see. The transfer process has a unique look.

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  3. It is so exhilarating to watch you work with intention but without carefully defined directions. You are fearless in covering up things only to find new form in the layers. I aspire to braveness. Watching you is clear affirmation!

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  4. Also.... please consider adding a "Layering with Transparencies" online workshop since many of us can't get to your in-person workshops.

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    1. I agree with Susan with an online workshop! That would be fabulous!

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  5. Agreed !!!! A 2nd DVD would be an excellent idea !!!

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  6. Totally inspiring as always, Jane. Just love your work... :)

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  7. Love how you show the beginning of the process, and then how different and cool the final result is - still recognizable but art for sure! Lovely work, as always!

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  8. I'm loving this whole process....the layering, the palette, the mark making...all fab.

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  9. I also long for online or DVD classes for those of us who live too far away to take advantage of in person opportunities. Love the deli transfer look.

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  10. Such a wonderful idea for easy layering of paints etc. Your video has given me so many ideas. :)

    http://saundersartistblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Question: for those of us who love layering with transparencies. What else do you recommend in addition to..... art tissue paper, deli paper, drafting film, acrylic skins.... ?

    TIA

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    1. Do you have access to these materials that you list? If so, have you made some art with them?

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  12. I own Spectra art tissue paper and deli paper. I have decorated about a hundred sheets of tissue paper (I'm addicted). I just received the deli paper and have begun decorating that based on your excellent DVD - Scribble Collage. I have made 2 acrylic skins based on your tutorial. I have an order from DickBlick.com arriving on Wednesday that contains some drafting film which I will try immediately.

    My plan for today is to actually make some art with my newly decorated deli paper, acrylic skins and my pile of decorated tissue paper. This will be my first attempt at collage with my beautiful decorated papers. Decorating the papers is wonderful fun..... creating art with them is scary :-)

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    1. You've hit the nail on the head. Painting the papers is great fun and relatively easy. Putting them in collage, making art, is HARD. (Here I'm putting my teacher hat on): it is easy to get distracted by a proliferation of materials and techniques, but DOING something with them is where the creative rubber meets the road. Easy to get too far ahead of yourself making the materials, HARD when you get overwhelmed with the possibilities of what to do with them. I post these little technique videos in hopes that they will stimulate some creative work, or take the mystery out of something. But none of them is an answer to How To Make Art. Only you can find your way to making art that is truly yours. Have fun! Make a bunch of collages with your transparencies, and let them be open-ended and experimental.

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    2. you can also get the dvd by Carrie Burns Brown from CCP. She goes into great detail on painting the tissue paper various ways and using it for collage.

      Jane, do you have enough deli paper yet? If not, I could pick some up at Sam's for you.

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    3. THANKS! I do have enough deli paper for an army, at this point. Which is great. I use a lot of it for this transfer thing and also bring it to workshops.

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  13. Thanks Jane. You are 100% correct. I do get distracted by the proliferation of materials and techniques..... and thoroughly enjoy decorating papers. The DOING something with them is the difficult part. Your wonderful technique videos (and your excellent DVD) do inspire and motivate me. Now I need to take a deep breath, get past the fear and dive in to making ART. Heading to my work table now. Thanks for the pep talk. In gratitude, I shall mail you some deli paper this week !!!

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  14. Hi Jane: Costco here does not carry deli paper. I was watching a baking show and thot parchment paper would be a good substitute. Are they the same weight. I used tracing vellum and tracing paper for transparency. Love it. Thanks for the video. Am loving the on line w/s.

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    1. Hi Barbara. Parchment will not work. It has too much release-factor (silicone?) to accept the paint. Glad you're enjoying the class!

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  15. You are teasing us Jane. How did you get from the deli transfer blobs to the awesome finish pieces.``I want to ask you about your thot process when you are blithely (?) latherrining the paints onto the paper. You seem to be in the zone. Stupid question: do you predetermine your colors thoughtfully or quickly and intuitively. What is your system for layering the colors? You seem to be continuously covering colors. Why? I ask these questions because I am having a hard time imitating your process for my paintings.

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    1. Guilty as charged. But these videos are just little technique demonstrations, they are not a blueprint for Making Art. I don't have a plan, or a system; each piece has to emerge individually: there is no formula. One way to get a taste of this is to take one of my live workshops, especially a longer one, four or five days. Another way to do so is to get yourself in the zone by making a LOT of art. Work in series, get a lot of pieces in the works and keep making marks. Workshops can help, but ultimately each person has to put in her own hours and find her own way.

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  16. Thank you for your inspiring videos.
    I am British and we do not have deli paper. Is it what we call greaseproof paper? Does anybody know?
    Thanks.

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    1. Yes greaseproof, wax paper is really what is although real "deli paper" might be a little different than just wax paper. Wax paper isn't white like the deli paper but I'd think it was very close. Deli paper is what a butcher would use to wrap a steak in if you chose one at a meat counter.

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  17. Thank you, Jane, for the video. Your art is inspirational...makes me want to create some of my own! It is a treat to get some little tips even if they are for a few minutes...the information and showing of the process is truly appreciated.

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  18. This made me laugh, Jane, because I use knitting needles the same way you do. They're wonderful mark making tools, come in a lot of sizes and are easy to clean. my granddaughter asked why I didn't use them to knit, and I told her they were much more fun--for me-- to use this way. I do crochet, but even there, I have found a narrow hook (like steel, #1) is great for grabbing dried gunk from a narrow necked glue dispenser or dimensional paint squeeze bootle. I don't believe in over revering tools: they are a means to an end!

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  19. Hi Jane, just watched your video on deli prints...I wonder, which side of the deli paper (waxed or unwaxed side) do you use to paint & transfer print. We do not have deli papers here but I was told in certain countries it is called wax paper/waxed paper/greaseproof paper. Thanks, enjoying your videos. Carrie J

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