During Sunday’s Image Transfer workshop, I made a disappointingly mediocre transfer of a woman on watercolor paper that I am rescuing (I hope) – I added a rice paper indirect transfer on the right and then went back into the face with watercolor. I added some iridescent acrylic on the “window” part to give it some drama. It’s not Great Art, but if it were developed a bit more, it could be a nice illustration.
I loved this workshop group – we experimented a lot and got crazy results, sometimes really good ones, sometimes really weird ones. One of the things that *didn’t* seems to work was the ITS solution on the tiles – I tried it afterwards, and by baking the tile instead of using the heat gun, it seemed to transfer a lot better. I still think I rushed it a bit (and next time will let it soak several hours) but here were the steps I followed:
Cut the thermal (laser) design to fit the unglazed tile
Pllace face down on unglazed tile and rub until well-adhered, then bake in a 325F oven for 30 minutes
The paper will be firmly stuck to the tile after baking
Cool the tile, then soak it in cold water for at least an hour (this is where I rushed it a bit)
Gently rub the paper off, leaving the ink design – you can see that it came off around the edges, but I think if I had torn the edges to make them softer, this might not have happened.
Coat with a clear acrylic spray to protect the tile
The Herb Market was a trip! I had never done a show like that before with tables and lots of vendor rules and big crowds. The emphasis was on herbs (naturally), so I took some Scent Shards, the new little Sprig Shards, and the small dishes with bees on them.
Well! The Sprig Shards *sold out* in an hour – one woman bought 23 of them. I hope she has a lot of friends (or sprigs). Almost all of the Scent Shards and little dishes sold as well. It was amazing.
I absolutely couldn’t have done it without the help of my dear friend Maria Luhrman, who manned the cash box, talked to everyone and kept them interested, and even gave me the best homemade granola bar I’ve ever eaten. Thank you, Maria!! Here are some photos (thanks to Mike for taking these)
Work is going well on the Shades of Twilight series – I read part of The Prophet today while I was working in the studio and there are some lines that fit exactly what I’m working toward. I’ve finished ten of the small paintings, 20 more to go. Here’s a preview (although they may change a bit) —
After Joanna posted her spirit doll instructions, I was swamped with orders for face shards – it was great! These five packages went out just yesterday afternoon. And the loveliest part is that I receive photos from artisans all over the country showing how they use the faces in their constructions – here’s one from Karen – it’s fanciful and celebratory.
Joanna Powell Colbert is an artist and inspriation. She sent me a note today via Facebook:
Hi Lyn! I started my tutorial on making Spirit Dolls on my blog today. Just wanted you to know — hoping to send lots of folks your way.
These amazing creations really do give new life and spirit to the little shard faces. It’s exciting to be a part of it in a small way. Joanna’s work is incredible. I hope you have a chance to look at her beautiful Gaian Tarot Cards. I ordered a deck when I first “met” her on Etsy and each one is a wonderful work of art and human-ness. I’m going to follow her tutorial and see where it takes me – surely to some new ideas for Spirit Boxes and collages. Here’s Joanna’s photograph from her blog, Gaian Soul:
I received two new books this afternoon – the perfect cheer-up from the bout of flu that hit this morning – arg. Both of them make me want to head to the studio right away, but that will have to wait till tomorrow. Here’s the first one:
Titled Wax and Paper Workshop, it’s filled with encaustic and papermaking techniques that are fascinating and inspirational. Michelle is a friend of my former studio partner, Carol Mylar, and we will get to see her in action at a workshop later this month. I highly recommend this brand-new book – it’s not a “crafty” kind of how-to but instead takes the traditional encaustic method to fine arts heights in one and two dimensions.
The second book is Digital Image Transfer: Creating Art with Your Photography. I can see already that there are some techniques we’ll be trying in my Image Transfer workshop on October 28th.