Wednesday, June 15, 2011
WOYWW 106 - Experimentation
Following on from last weeks plea and ongoing discussions between my first and second greatest critics, I have managed to decide my large canvas will involve a seaside theme as I just love the beach (yeah I know I'm in the midlands) and the colourscheme of my room is kinda aqua n shades of blue & green. I was also inspired by this gorgeousness from the incredibly talented Vinnie Pearce - not only is she a very talented mixed media artist, i very much approve of her surname, lol - so I spent the weekend experimenting with some small 20 x 20 cm canvases from Wilko's.
From left to right: 1) Cosmic Shimmer Mist 'blended' with rubbing alcohol - got the effect I wanted, after a fashion, but none of the mica survived so not sure its exactly a sucess. 2) Distress Ink Reinkers & water to create the blend with a Vinnie Pearce scrapbooking overlay printed onto a white T-shirt transfer - not really a sucess as the transfer doesn't melt effectively. Bits of it looks good but then bits look awful and now theres a plasticky layer over the whole thing which isn't nice. 3) A Pink Petticoat Perfect design printed onto a dark T-shirt transfer which gives good coverage but again gives a kind of plasticky finish so I think it will depend on my final design choice. 4) The first attempt at a white t-shirt transfer which I peeled off while still hot so at least its a matt finish but it really didnt adhere well, leading me to PVA some coordinating paper to cover up the worst of it. The wording is on Safmat which I'm quite disappointed didn't work as well as I hoped, I guess its not really designed for textured surfaces.
I think I'm just gonna have to - what is it Kath says? pull up me big girl pants! - swallow my misgivings n self-doubt and just put brush to canvas. Its not like I've not done it before and its not like a seaside has to be particularly detailed... I just wish I didn't have a burning desire to include text in the equation... eep :S
Edited to add: I noticed last night that the Safmat is now curling up at the edges that are in contact with the textured part (the lighter bit) - has anyone tried the mod podge transfer thing and/or on a large scale?