Friday, September 11, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week Thirty Six

September Theme
Journaling with Photos

September 5

Art Challenge: Photo Transfer

Journal Prompt:  From Here to There

So I have missed a LOT of DLP Fridays!  So I'm jumping right back into it straight on schedule with a super fun one.  This week's challenge was Photo Transfers.  I'm not gonna lie, y'all.  I have never ever ever done a photo transfer.  Except from my phone to the computer and some how I don't think that's what they meant!  Hello YouTube and Pinterest!!!  Now that I knew how to do a photo transfer, it was time to find a photo!

"From Here to There" evokes thoughts of travelers.  Travelers lead to wander-ers which of course led me straight to gypsies.  Have you ever heard of  I hadn't before.  (Thank you Lindsey from The Frugal Crafter for that one!)

Search:  Gypsy.  Found the perfect image!  Printed it out on a Laser Printer (how do I know it was a laser printer?  It was the big one at work that takes toner.)  Wondered how well it would work considering I only had Heavy Gel Medium rather than soft or regular at home and for once I wasn't going to the craft store.  Amazing how little I just pop over to the craft store for the perfect supply since I moved more than 20 minutes away!  Now I shop at my own studio.  Though I am terribly low on Gel Medium and will have to get more soon.  But that's another trip!

Now... I chose this image specifically because it wouldn't matter that I wasn't going to print it in reverse.  I was going to cut the little words off at the bottom (or cover with paint) anyway so it didn't matter.

I started by brayering different browns, yellow oxide, and cad red medium onto my page.  I wanted to have a very worn and vintage look to this page.  I also added a couple of torn paper pieces from my stash that had hand writing on them.  I applied my heavy gel medium directly to the printed image using a plain ol' flat brush and applied (face down of course) to my page.  I didn't go crazy with the gel medium but I wanted to make sure I had enough to cover with a decent layer.  I was good and walked mostly away from it and let it dry completely.  By mostly good, I really mean that I worked on the other page while agonizing over whether it wad completely dry or not.

Once I was sure it was dry, I used a spray bottle and saturated the paper.  Using my finger I rubbed until I got paper pills.  I was so nervous but y'all it worked like a dream!  I did try using a rag to rub some and I got just a little too rough and peeled up a little bit so I switched back to my finger.  Now y'all will notice that there is still a little bit of "furry looking white stuff" over my gypsy in places.  That is paper I didn't rub away and didn't on purpose.  I felt that by leaving just a little it added to the aged look.

I added more and more paint over both pages and really tried to work the edge of my photo transfer "into" the page.  I'd cut a hard edge and wish I'd torn it.  I will know for next time.  I used a few stencils - Dina Wakley's Organic Shapes, The Crafter's Workshop Mini Harlequin, and The Crafter's Workshop Harlequin Circles as well as a hand carves stamp of my own.  I did a lot of dry brushing for texture.  There are a couple of piece of 7Gypsies washi tape on there as well.  The bird is from the Tim Holtz Kraft Paper Stash pad.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Stain on the bird as well as on other parts of the page.  I love slamming the Distress Stain down and getting those lovely splatters!

The letters that spell "Wanderlust" are Tim Holtz Grunge Blocks sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Roll Top Desk and painted with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I used Glossy Accents to glue the letters down.  I added the feathers and jute string by putting a thick dollop of Heavy Gel Medium and pressing them into it.  Then I covered that with a little metal disk I found in my stash.  The last bit I added was two pieces of torn corrugated kraft paper dry brushed and Distress Stained with Vintage Photo, Distress Paint in Peeled Paint, Green Gold by DecoArt Media, and my browns.  I used a tiny alpha stamp set and archival ink in black to stamp the quote and the word "gypsy" over the gypsy.

I'm pretty sure this is now one of my top favorite pages.  Totally out of my comfort range in both techniques and color scheme!  Not a single fleck of turquoise or purple anywhere!  Hopefully now I can get back into the DLP for the rest of the year and catching up my missed pages.  It's September and I better get on the ball!

Y'all have a great weekend and wish me luck that I can find time to get more pages done!

Until next time,

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