No bird soars
If he soars
With his own wings.
I work with mixed media pieces when not distressing some poor piece of furniture. Here is one piece of a triptych that is newly finished. I'll have to quickly varnish these or I will change my mind and add something else. I have had these canvases for so long, there is no before picture. They were $1.30 at Goodwill back in November. Each featured a close-up of sunflowers.
First they were covered in gesso, then doilies were tacked down with adhesive, and I sprayed a bronze paint over them. They sat around for awhile until one day I had a tiny bit of Tattered Angels blue mist and needed to use it up. (Yeah, like one tiny bottle would make a difference in my craft room, er, house!) They turned out like this:
I loved the texture and the depth. All three looked different, but the same. I knew I wanted to keep with this theme of different but the same. So keeping with the theme different but the same, I put them away keeping them the same and yet thinking about them differently. (Ha-Ha! You thought I was actually going to go deep - I think art should be fun!)
This week I decided to use some images from Karen at The Graphics Fairy and transfer them to the canvas using a reverse Mod Podge method. I have been using this a lot and have gotten the feel for the result to be suitably distressed. Printed out the image of a turquoise and pink trade card (4 X 6) and a pair of nesting birds watching a butterfly on the ink jet. I wanted to try something different - placing an image over another image - would it adhere? I am never really afraid of destroying a piece - you can paint over it. A person always learns from failures!
I covered the front of the image (just the colored part - leave an edge) with a medium coat of Mod Podge., used a folded cardboard to burnish and smooth the image, and after about two minutes, began to gently pull the paper away leaving the ink behind. This is not exact - my previous post explains this in more detail. (See Birds of a Feather http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com/2012/05/birds-of-feather.html)
As you can see, I did not take the time to reverse the image - it did not matter that the writing was backwards - I wanted the rose on the right. I was pleased with the way these three turned out
Remember the theme - different but the same!
Next was the great experiment. Would an image transfer on top of the first image? I had mixed success with this. I plan to use this again, but next time I will take the time to varnish and dry between each layer.
I used the nesting birds to layer over the trade card. Here I am sizing up for placement.
Then I used the reverse transfer method.
I rather like this effect and will definitely use it again - maybe even use multiple layers. The more the merrier!
I even cut out the tiny butterfly and transferred it to the top of each canvas.
I have a stamp set by TPC Studio called Vintage Birdcages. I use it to death because it features great-looking birdcages and two poems by Emily Dickinson and William Blake. I pulled them out along with a script stamp by Inkadinkadoo and my trusty StazOn ink pad (timber brown). I went to town stamping the three pieces - different but same.
Here is the result - a triptych of turquoise and pink and birds and poems and script. Oh, my!
All three different but the same!
A few small details that did not show up on the above photos ( I know you faithful followers wish I would quit taking such lousy photographs, but I am addicted to it!)
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all.
Hope your weekend is a great one. Those of you who are mothers enjoy your special day! Come back and visit some more.