Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Image That

My latest mixed media painting ~ 8x10 on canvas panel.  I'm loving this one. 

I hate to waste paint.  Anything left on my palette gets scraped or painted onto a waiting blank substrate.  I use the same piece over and over again until the background is to my liking.  Then I'll build a painting on top of that.  That's how this piece began.  The written scraps are a torn magazine page. 

The building images are magazine photos printed on tissue paper, then adhered to the substrate.  This has quickly become a favorite way to get images onto substrates ~ after all that experimenting with image transfer, I'm liking tissue paper prints the best.  And, as you can see above, when the print is light in color, it is very transparent.  The turquoise areas on the center image are from the substrate behind it.

I'm also playing around with ink jet images printed on plain paper.  Above are two pages from NatGeo copied onto printer paper, then spritzed with water to soften the color.  I also used salt on these prints.  Dye-based ink is dye nonetheless and will react to salt like any other dye.

These are the backsides of the two prints above.  Also awesome.  I almost couldn't decide which ones to use in my art journal.

The 1000-Post Giveaway is coming!  I'll write about it later this week along with an image of the quilt I'll be giving away to the lucky winner.  The actual 1000th post will be next Friday, June 22.  Stay tuned.

9 comments:

Irene said...

I love the painting and the prints of the fish. I would like to see you do that technic on an even larger format. I bet that would really blow people away. xox

Maggi said...

Love the soft look of this piece. I presume that you scan your magazine photos before printing them?

Jeannie said...

I love this. The softness of the color and then the pop of the turquoise is fantastic. You are on a roll!

Jan said...

You have so many skills and so much knowledge that mixed media seems a great fit...as least as long as you're happy doing it. And these are the proof of the pudding! Like. Very much.

susan christensen said...

Yes, yes Connie - I like what I see. Thanks as always for sharing about your processes. Very inspiring. xxoo, sus

tiedyejudy said...

Lots to love about this piece! I'm intrigued by the notion you can print on tissue paper without it ripping! Nice mix of techniques to create a lot of visual interest... fun!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Oooohhh lovely. Thanks for sharing the process. Interesting.

jenclair said...

I really like the soft blues and yellows and the use of text in the collage. I love working with tissue paper, too, although I haven't done collage in a while. The ink jet prints spritzed with water are wonderful, and the effect of the salt is so cool!

Valerie Kamikubo said...

These images are so wonderful, Connie. Clearly, I need to dedicate some time in the near future for having some experimental play time. I also like the idea of using your left over paint as substrate.