Monday, June 9, 2008

Working at a library has its perks

I checked out Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth. Love the book it has some wonderful techniques in it. So I've tried a couple.


This one actually looks very similar to the one she did in the book. Except I had to use what I had on hand so instead of canvas I used chipboard 5x7 painted with antique white acrylic paint not gesso. Covered it with tan tissue paper not a dress pattern. The red is a laser jet print of random art lines. In the book she used clear caulk the kind you use around the tub to do the transfer. I watered down some gel medium to a glue thickness covered the tissue let that dry then slapped some more gel medium on top and while still wet I put the laser jet print on top and smoothed down. When it dried I added water to the paper so I could remove the paper back so it would just leave the red image transfer. Glued my lady and words down. Took a scraper with antique white acrylic and made those lines on the side. Then edged it with dark Old English polish and buffed some on to the whole area.



Ok so with this one, using what is on hand. It is 5x3.5 chipboard painted with antique white acrylic paint. Watered down gel medium slapped on then an old book page put on the wet surface and burnished down. I did not add any gel medium to the top yet. When dry I got some sticky packing tape and burnished it down then pulled it off. This left the other side of the book page in reverse. Color washed it with water colors stamped the green vine. Glued down the lady and words and covered the whole thing with gel medium...ok so here is the cool part from the book. Smear some Vaseline on the parts you do not want covered up by paint then paint over the whole thing. When dry the paint peels off the Vaseline and you get a real cool worn paint look. Then the Old English furniture polish around the edges I didn't have any brunt sienna paint.
There are so many more techniques to try and the other great thing is that I don't have to pay overdue fines.

5 nice thoughts:

claudine hellmuth said...

hi there! your message came up in my Google Alerts!

these look wonderful! so glad you are enjoying my book!

Gaby Bee said...

Both cards are amazing! Love this technique too and I agree with you, this book is fantastic!

Art4mysanity said...

Holy cow, dude! Claudine Hellmuth herself - "these look wonderful." Too cool!

I love that book - I've tried almost every technique in it - I'm still working on the beeswax - I think I like that stuff more than you love your UTEE. :)

I especially like the technique of removing layers of paper.

DF - Heidi said...

these are amazing love them and will deffo have a go as i adore the results you have come up with - mmm lets hope i find some extra time really soon, and i think i may have to get hold of this book

purplecat said...

Hi Greer, purplecat here, I have just found your blog!Some lovely work as usual!