Sunday, June 12, 2011

Text & Transfer Tutorial

I've been thinking about the the food chain
(actually I've mainly just been thinking about food) 

My artworks have been created through a wax transfer method, (which I'll talk about below) and reuses original pages from a great 1980's book "1500 Fascinating Facts about the Universe the World and its People".

I have displayed the two works together in the bathroom as I like the quirky intestinal connection between the images and the privy. Too much information?

The Other I did it:

First, iron some wax shavings onto some paper- I upcycled a page from a book and I do declare that text works well in this exercise.

  • Be sure to use a low heat as wax can ignite (yep, there is a danger factor and all good artists don't need to suffer for their work.
  • Don't use your normal iron, preferably choose one without steam holes that is used specifically for this purpose.
  • Also protect your ironing board!

Then, choose an image that you want to transfer on top. I chose scientific images as it suits my current obsession. On the back of the image cover with charcoal. 

Next, flip the image (charcoal down) onto the wax encrusted paper. Trace over it with a pen, checking the pressure is transferring well.

Finally, use your iron on a low heat to melt the wax slightly. It will then dry, sealing in the wax transferred image.

Another wax transfer example- click to link

Feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure about anything.
Thanks to Chris Stewart from Fine Artzs Studio for introducing me to the technique.

Linking Elle and Lou with:
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  1. What a unique project. I love the dragonfly. I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.

    Hope to see you there.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Very Cool Lynda....
    like your humour too...!
    holidays are coming... soon... !

  3. WOWZA. You are as witty as you are talented! I can't believe you shared how you do those gorgeous works. I am sooooooooo inspired! Thank you! jules

  4. Love this tutorial- will have to try it. You asked about an idea for a Chinese welcome sign on my blog. I've never done anything like that, but what I would do is have the kids paint something traditionally Asian (bamboo ink painting or a cherry blossom painting) and then have them write the Chinese character for 'welcome' with ink and a bamboo brush. Just an idea!

  5. Wow, nice tutorial. I may have to try this one!


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