Monday, April 5, 2010

SYTYCD Week 6: Paint!

 Paint is what brings life to our homes, words to our art, and joy to an old piece of furniture.

I love art. And when I heard that this week's theme was paint, I ecstatically pulled our my paint brushes and acrylics.

Gel Medium brushed on my canvas before placing the photo on it.

Step 1: Apply a generous amount of gel medium (I used Golden "Regular Gel"). It's found in the art section of a craft supply like Michael's. Place the photo on top of the gel and roll out any air bubbles.

Step 2. Let the gel dry fully (it takes about an 1 1/2 hours) I let mine dry overnight.
  Step 3: Wet the paper generously. ( I used my son's sippy cup to dispense water onto it)

 Step 4: Rub the paper off with your fingers. Keep it wet and reapply water until it is all off. This takes a while, so don't get discouraged! It WILL all come off...eventually. 
 The black and white photo pre-paint. Here is how it looked. The lines are from where the paper had air bubbles; make sure you roll them out as best as you can! I liked the distressed look it gave the photo!
. Using the flowers in the background as a guide, I painted the daffodils yellow and green using acrylic paint. 
Step 5: Paint! I used a brush, as well as my fingers to layer different colors of paint for depth (I used five different colors of yellow and green in the picture below).

I added paper flowers to add dimension to the work.


The framed result:

Although this project took patience, it is pretty simple and you don't have to be an artist or a skilled painter to do it! The possibilities are endless. Please feel free to ask questions! Here are some other image transferring tutorials that I found helpful:

Lil Blue Boo: Transferring an Image with Gel Medium
Homemade Mamas: Gel Medium Transfer

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30 comments:

CourtneyKeb said...

I am hands down in love with this project.
I really do love a fresh new idea, and I've never come across or thought of anything like it!
I totally voted for you!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a clever project! I love this!!! :)

Blessings,
Stacey

the thrifty ba said...

love this! what a great idea...
and i love the easter eggs on your floor-looks just like my home!

The Brick Cottage said...

That's so neat! I especially love that you added paper flowers to it.

Kaysi said...

That is awesome!! You are so creative!

barbie said...

so you are putting the photo down with the gel medium face down on the canvas? then the photo transfers to the canvas and you remove the photo?

Tamara Nicole said...

What a great DIY project! Love it:-)

mishebe said...

now that is adorable....

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Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

What a unique idea! Wonderful job!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! I love it!

Jillian said...

this is one of my favorites so far!! How neat!! I can't wait to try it!

marissa said...

that turned out amazing. I definitely have to try this.

Sabrina said...

This is FANTASTIC! I can't wait to try this out!

Katie said...

That is such a great project!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

LOVE This. Do you apply the picture face up and then cover it with the medium? It looks like the picture was face down. I would love for you to link this project at my boardwalk Bragfest on Wednesday!

Vee said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is so cute! And I am in love with this picture!!! Such a great idea!

Much More Than Mommy said...

WOW! I have never seen anything like this, what a great idea! Love how it turned out!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Totally voted for this!!! SO neat! I will be featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com tomorrow!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

This is such a great idea! I really love the way it turned out and free artwork is the best.

pamela said...

I love this project. I have an art sale coming up soon and I am thinking of incorporating this idea into some canvases. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing.
Pamela

Allison Shops said...

Nice project. I don't think I've seen this done before. Cute baby!

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Kitty Moore said...

That looks absolutely beautiful!

The White Farmhouse said...

This is a great project! I do have to say my fav part is seeing that others have real houses with kids! Love the eggs on the floor! You did an awesome job!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting! Love your blog and will be sure to come back!

Iva said...

wow what a great project!

fblinil said...

this is so beatiful:))

mommy2luke2008 said...

I love this idea!! This should be something that is handed down through the generations. I featured this on my friday favorites
http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/04/friday-favorites_09.html

Eliza said...

This is really cool! Thanks for sharing! I really want to do this project!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

That is SOOOO clever. It looks great.
cheri

Judy said...

I saw this and had to try it. I ended up making photo transfer tiles. I had so much fun! Thanks for sharing.