Friday, March 7, 2008

Thank God It's Friday!

This canvas board was painted with my favorite Golden acrylic paints, and the image transfers were made using Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels and Golden Glass Bead Gel.

The image transfer of the sun was done with the bead gel. I found the bead gel difficult to work with in that the paper does not want to release easily from the beads once the transfer is made, I think I need more practice or... I need to ditch the medium. I'll give it a few more trys. I usually don't give up that easily.

I then took the image into Photoshop and added a posterize and film grain filter. I liked the results.

This has been one crazy week and I found that slaying dragons and doing good deeds can be hard work, so TGIF. I've been able to make my rounds and found most of you busily creating all week long and have thoroughly enjoyed my trip. Keep up the great work!

I'm off this weekend to pillage flea markets and search for more stuff to stockpile for future creative use and... to enjoy the SUN.

Here Comes the Sun-

"Little darling, it's been a long cold, lonely winter.."

See you soon! My other blogspot: "The Way I See It"


John M. Mora said...

Maybe I'm amazed, but all the hard work aside (difficult medium) this one is beautiful and the dappled effect utterly charming.

Thank you also for the video. I'm going to play for Greg tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

Jean Levert Hood said...

I was so excited to read this post, because, when I was just out of high school ( and no, we will not count decades ) I was making transfers of photos onto wood.
I would put the paper on the wood, spread whatever that stuff was over it, leave it for some time, then the paper would remove and the image would be left on the wood.

For the last 5 years I've been trying to find a product like that! Is that what you're saying you did here with the sun image? But, you don't exactly like it? Is there another medium that would accomplish this?

I read every bottle in the craft stores trying to find something like this.

Any help you could give me would be hugely appreciated.
Thank you,

Unknown said...

i love your art, andrea, and if i weren't so dedicated to photoshop, i would enjoy playing more in your arena...but who knows how my mandalas will evolve?
i have a reference to an epson 9800 that prints on canvas. (just so you don't have to worry about remembering to talk to your sister) i am looking for a commercial digital printing company to print my greeting cards in short runs. i wasn't very clear on this in my post.
~sue okieffe

Anonymous said...

I love your creation...and I'm impressed that you use Photoshop to "enhance" it.

Irene said...

A wonderful work of art, Andrea and I love the colors. I stole it immediately and will alter it with joy.

I know nothing about these methods of transferring you are talking about, but I would love to hang out with you for a day and watch you do it and learn something.

I realize there are huge gaps in my artistic knowledge, well, lets just say it is minimal. I stand in awe of those who know.

John M. Mora said...

we prefer trap open.....sorry - name out of the light into the siena.

The Artful Eye said...

Jean- Gel Medium is your secret weapon. If you do a search online for gel medium tranfers there are many tutorials.

I use Golden products and they have many different mediums, but I have also had success with other brand acrylic gel mediums.

This one particular Golden medium that I used for the sun has glass beads in it and I think it will take practice in figuring out just how much medium to use and how far to embed the image. These beads have tooth and it's tough to remove the paper completely.

The process is real simple.

acrylic gel medium Golden or other
image- toner or inkjet
kitchen spoon,or some type of burnishing tool.

Add gel medium to the image face or directly to the substrate. Place image face down and burnish from inside out with back of spoon or other burnishing implement. Be sure that image is completely covered and all air bubbles are out.

Once dry to touch..dip finger in small bowl of water and begin to remove the paper pulp by dissolving with water. Once the pulp is removed you will see the image transfer. If you put too much gel medium or not enough to cover image you may see that some of the image hasn't transferred properly.

I would practice doing some transfers on foam core board or other substrate to get some practice.

Irene- come on over anytime. I know you can do this.

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments!

Trijnie said...

Thankyou Andrea for the great musicvideo, you know I love this band.
Your painting is warm and wonderful.

Anonymous said...

You're the BEST!

Love, Julie

John M. Mora said...


Jean Levert Hood said...

I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful and complete reply to my question about transfers! I so appreciate your time to share this info with me.

Your work is wonderful, and I enjoy keeping up with your blog.
Best to you!

dianeclancy said...

HI Andrea,

Fun to hear your process .. and thank you for your good wishes!!

I never heard of bead gel.

~ Diane Clancy

K Hutchinson said...

Gorgeous! You ROCK!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

This song makes me cry because it reminds me so much of John. We use to sing this together. But I love it. Your picture is so beautiful.
xoxo Nita

John M. Mora said...

Just noticed:

"All original artwork, photography and text on this website is copyrighted © 2008 Andrea Forgnone. (with exceptions to works of others which have been duly noted) Content of this site may not be reproduced or quoted without advanced written permission. Thank-you."

OK if I still sample here and there?