Sunday

Faux Watercolors

Years ago I moved into a new house with lots of blank walls. Somehow, I thought it made sense to take painting classes. I spent so much on tuition and materials that I could have purchased a small Picasso. Now I have a houseful of motel art (painted by me).

So....I'm always on the lookout for ways to make art that doesn't depend upon my talent or lack thereof.

Materials
HammerMill transparency film
watercolor paper
masking tape
image (these butterflies came from the Vintage Moth)

Tools
large brush
old credit card or hotel key
The trick is to print the transparency on the wrong side; the slick side, not the rough. You can wash off your image and reuse this film over and over again. I would suggest that you wash off the emulsion to begin with. You are working with water so the emulsion may make a mess as you work and isn't needed.
Using your inkjet computer printer, print the image onto the wrong side of the transparency. Handle carefully as it can smear. Tape all four sides of your watercolor paper to a solid surface like a piece of masonite. Wet your watercolor paper with a large brush of water. *full disclosure - I didn't tape my paper now it's bubbly and warped in spite of lots of ironing.

Place the film on the damp paper, print side down. Rub the unprinted side using an old credit card to transfer the image onto the paper. To see what has transferred or what hasn't, carefully lift a corner of the film. Replace and continue to rub to fill in any holidays, if necessary. If the image refuses to budge in certain places, rewet those parts of the paper.

The trick is for the paper to be damp not sopping wet otherwise you will have smudges. (can you say "blot"?) No problem as you can paint over the messes with acrylic paints when dry.


Voila! Butterflies on paper. I love the way that the texture of the paper shows through. You can frame this as is or use it as a starting point, adding paint, collage pieces, other transfers, etc.

Coated canvas paper and the pointed end of my bone folder make a colored pencil look. What are the possibilities - different papers, surfaces, tools?

note: I just upgraded to a new Canon printer and it doesn't print on transparencies. Bummer. 

16 comments:

marie said...

This is a fun idea! I can't wait to give it a try....thanks for sharing it!

Liz said...

Looks great! Fun idea!

Bromeliad said...

Cool idea.

Decore Essentials said...

What a blast! Besides having a great grasp of perspective, what a great…grasp of perspective…such artists have to pour so much heart into something so ephemeral.

Cheers!

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Peggy Hale said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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