It's Groundhog Day today in more ways than one!
Firstly of course it's the real groundhog....a.k.a. Punxsutawney Phil who saw no shadow today so predicts that it will be an early Spring.......hooray for that! :)
(My Pip loved groundhog day...one year he had me sending postcards wishing friends a happy groundhog day from Punxsutawney Phil...it had them all wondering!! Happy days ;)
It almost passed me by this year!
The other groundhog day like thing is my next art journal class with Tam for Art, Heart and Healing.
I managed to find a board book in the charity shop on Saturday and am about half way through the decoration of the first double page spread.
I wanted to share that....much as I love all things T!m.......the sort of white acrylic you use really does matter for this!!!
I mentioned that the Adirondack dabber just sort of sank into the colours on my first journal page.....so I made the decision to take myself off to Trago Mills on Sunday (a large out of town privately owned multi store) to get some daler-rowney titanium white acrylic....and very glad I did 'cos it was the last day of 15% off offer....result!...and having now compared the two I am forced to the conclusion that there is some sort of additive in the Adirondack that makes it able to flow through the sponge dabber but unable to do what the proper acrylic paint does!!!
If you want to do the blending technique that Tam shows in the lesson then I'm afraid paint dabber just won't do.
This is the page so far and it has taken me this long since Sunday because I have had to redo the transfer images 4 times for the large one and 2 times on the small one!!!
(yes it's me folks......crumbs is it that time already....years ago! HOL)
a...the first time it did transfer to the surface but was very bitty and part of the gesso background peeled off with it!!!
b...I did the gesso again and repeated....it was even worse than before
c...decided to peel off the glossy upper layer of the board book......reapplied the gesso!....re did the transfer........still hopeless......I'm beginning to wonder if there is something in the Claudine Helmuth Studio matte medium that reacts different for this technique.
d...decided to go my own way and printed off the picture on plain paper....tore round the edges and stuck it onto the surface with the matte medium.....result
...even if the inks did merge a bit I like it!!!
The smaller one was done in a similar way to transferring onto sticky back canvas only on the gesso page.....it was totally my fault and not the products as I just rubbed too hard/added too much water and the image came off!!!
Thanks for looking Happy Groundhog Day!