"DSM On My Mind": another small (5 x 7") collage, using--among other things--the image transfer method I spoke of in my previous post.
In my quest to find a usable image transfer method for collage, I ran across the following video (watch all three parts), which is now my stand-by method. Above are a couple of pics of some heart images that I created using the method. I'm envisioning a lot of possibilities using this method in my collage work; for example, I could see creating a transfer of a photo of a loved-one, which could then be layered over some sort of meaningful bottom layer.
Below the video I've included a couple of pics, showing how these transfers can be layered atop other images (in these cases, maps).
In a nut-shell it's this: 1, brush a fairly thick layer of soft gloss gel onto glass; 2, place an image into the gel and allow it to dry; 3, wet and rub away the paper, leaving just an image embedded in the gel; 4, brush on a few more layers of gel (allowing dry time between); and 5, peel the image (shown in my pic) off the glass.
I had the house all to myself today, so my plan was to dive into some collage work. That said, I turned to experimentation with a collage technique. This technique involves making an ink-jet copy on a sheet of transparency film. After that a layer of gel medium is brushed on the substrate, and the transparency image is placed ink side down on the gel medium and rubbed so that the ink embeds in the gel and is released from the transparency.
Here's a video by artist Gary Reef, where he demonstrates the technique.
Unfortunately my experimentation didn't go so well. None of my images transferred very well. The key, which I will keep striving to achieve, is the thickness of the gel medium. Too thin, and the gel won't "grab" enough of the image. Too thick, and the image can break apart and distort. Needless to say, I experienced both types of failures today.
But, regardless of today's failures, you know what? A day in the "studio" experimenting and failing is still a day doing something I love. In that regard it's a huge success.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.