Friday, July 12, 2013

Creating an Art Journal Page with an Image Transfer

Good morning, Melissa here with a tutorial on how I created a page in my art journal using our June kit supplies.

For my journal page this month I wanted to try and conquer my nemesis...the image transfer! I have books on techniques, have watched tutorials, and even had a lesson on this from the very talented Donna Downey and I still can't seem to get this nailed! Practice makes perfect, right? So I decided to give it another go using the clip art and matte medium from this month's kit. I started out by choosing an image from the sheet, cutting it out, covering it with the matte medium, and laying it face down on the page. I then burnished it using my brayer.

I misted the image with water, adding more as needed, and gently began rubbing off the back side of the image. The paper was really wet and crumbly, but I could see the image coming through pretty good.

Next I added some strips of washi tape around the image transfer. I also used the paint dabbers from the kit to add some color.



I wanted to add a punch of color, so I got out my Pan Pastels and used a foam sponge to work the yellow colors into the entire background. I used another Pan Pastel in red to blend in the edges and add some pop. Then, I used a circle stamp from Claudine Hellmuth and Ranger Archival ink to add some contrast.



Music often inspires me, and while I was working on this page the song "Dream" by Priscilla Ahn came on my mix. How perfect to go with my bird themed page! I cut out another bird and the letters for FLY and SWING from the clip art sheet, then got out my trusty cheap-o letter stamps to create the journaling on my page.



Well my image transfer still wasn't 100%, but that's the thing about art journaling--it's a great place to practice, make mistakes, and experiment. Don't be afraid to try something new today!

11 comments:

  1. Love your page. I need to try the art transfer!

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    1. Thank you, Shanna!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this technique - I will have to give it a try too!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! It's kind of touchy, but fun. I'm going to keep practicing as well :)

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  3. I love this. If it belonged to me it would be framed and hanging on the wall. I love the journaling, especially the different fonts and colors. Great piece if art. Congratulations on your beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I was pretty happy with the final result. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  4. I meant to say "great piece OF art." Silly keyboard mistyped the word.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I find image transfer hard as well. I found you from Rukristin Papercrafts and the Find Your Voice Workshop.

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    1. I'm so thrilled that you found us and enjoyed the tutorial!! I'm glad I'm not along with the image transfer. It's so hit and miss for me :)

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  6. I found your store and blog via Find Your Voice and oh my gosh, this is so creative! I am a big fan of mixed media, and am JUST starting, so I'm so new to all of this. You inspire me. :D

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    1. Hi Angie, so glad that you found us! Hopefully through the kits and tutorials you will be loving the mixed media even more--it's such a blast! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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