Week 41: October 10
Art Challenge: Tissue Paper
Journal Prompt: The Disappearing Trick
I could think of a million ways to use tissue paper in my artwork, but I always go back to my favorite method - and that is to print directly onto tissue for a sheer print. For a "how to" go to my blog post HERE.
I decided to create a soft little page using birds (I seem to be on a bird kick lately). A great resource for finding graphic images to download is The Graphics Fairy. This is a tremendous site with thousands of FREE vintage images you can download that are royalty free. It's also a great site for inspiration. Hop on over to their blog and support them!
I selected a vintage photo of these birds . . . representing my empty nest and the "disappearing trick" of my kids leaving home!
Using the printing technique, I printed this image at a high quality on a monotone striped tissue paper I had in my stash. I used my regular inkjet printer and let the image dry several hours. I sprayed the image with a fixative to cut down on bleeding ink and then cut the border off of the image.
My page was looking too stark, so I used Chalk Paint to tone it down a bit, matching the colors in the graphic. I love to use chalk paint because it has a matte finish and blends beautifully!
I carefully adhered it to my journal page with gel medium. The gel medium seeps right through the tissue paper so you get a bit of a blurred and dreamy quality to the image - a little bit of ink bleed is okay for this project.
Once the image was completely dry, I began to try to "match" the image with acrylic paint to "finish" the painting but adding leaves and flowers. I wanted to continue the painting down and up one side of the page.
To make the painted leaves and flowers appear more cohesive with the printed image, I used a finetip liner screwed onto the top of a Golden hi flow acrylic paint bottle in black and loosely outlined shapes in the painting.
Next I grabbed my Sumi ink and bamboo paintbrush and did a little lettering in the open space.