Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Finishes!


This week I have been busy with new projects and trying new things. I enjoy experimenting and seeing where it takes me.

I wanted to try two photo transfers with two different mediums. I am still not pleased with the results, but they didn't come out too badly, considering I am using an ink jet and it is recommended to use a laser printer. I also used my laid paper, which has ridges on one side, so I printed on the smooth side.

The first is a sailboat photo, that I took from Jamestown, looking towards Newport. I used heavy gel medium, and I think the heavy is what made it harder to work with. I had to smooth it out a few times to get out the bubbles. I also had to be more careful when I removed the paper, or part of the design would come off too. There was also some slight bleeding, so a little antique medium was applied.



The second piece is another one of my photos, an old one from a kayak trip. I used the glaze medium and it seemed to work better, but it does bleed out some color, always seems to be a red. The design adhered to the board, so that it looked like it had melded into the canvas, so it was easier to get rid of the paper without taking any of the design. I also think my prints come out a bit dark, so maybe lightening them up would help and make it look more aged.

I do think I like them better on the framed canvas, but the smaller hard boards are easier to work on and great for practice, since they are cheaper. Next I will have to try some on wood.



Another project was the Stitch of the Month Club pattern from Kathy Schmitz. I really enjoyed doing this one and used DMC 115 to get a variation. The color tends to run longer with one shade, so I cut off a long piece, then recut and mix the dark and light in two strands to get this look.



And yesterday I was in the mood to paint, but my brain wasn't up to finishing the angel. So, I found a fun design from Artist's Club. This is a free design by Sharon Bond. The club is an online store for painting patterns, lots of free ones and PDF patterns for sale.

A Valentine for Nick. I added glitter to the word love and the heart eyes have glass gel in them, so it shines when you turn it to the light. I also used the glaze finish, which leaves a wonderful glassy shine, but hard to get a good photo with it.

He loves things that I make so it was fun to do. Last week he asked me if I could help him paint some rocks he found. I used to teach kids how to paint, so it will be a fun project to do together.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


12 comments:

Kate said...

That's a super valentine for Nick!

Rugs and Pugs said...

What fun for you to teach Nick to paint. Making memories ❤️

julieQ said...

I just love to see what you are up to...love your valentine!

Fiona said...

what lovely makes.. it will be so fun to do some craft with Nick...
Hugz

acorn hollow said...

you are always so creative! Love all of the pieces I am sure Nick will love his valentine
cathy

TheCrankyCrow said...

All I can say is, you must have some incredible photos.... That first one of the sails is AMAZING! And I really do love the aged and worn touch the transfer technique gives it. Sweet stitching project too....and that Valentine is perfect...what a special gift for Nick. Cold and snowy here in Nod...hope your weather is more enjoyable. Happy Weekend! Robin

PaulaB quilts said...

The boat print is haunting with the misty effect. It touches my heart when I recall sailing in those waters. Nick is one lucky grandson. Give him a big Valentine hug.

Sandi said...

Love all your projects Debbie!

Michelle H said...

Love them both! I purchased wool shallow boxes (basically the same size as a small picture frame without the glass) from the Dollar Store, I then antiques the wood before transferring the print. It turned out great! Looks better where the photo did not transfer well(I'm also using the wrong printer) then I antiqued it again...now it looks like an old painted wood painting!

Amazing the things we can create with technology!

Shasta Matova said...

You have worked on lots of great projects this week! Love the stitchery and the owl!

Karen said...

The sailboat picture looks professional to me. Like something I would purchase in a store. You take such nice pictures.

Dawn said...

Adorable Valentine, and how wonderful Nick wants to paint with you.
I love your photo transfer projects. They look very professional.