Monday, February 8, 2016

Artsy Fartsy: Mixed Media and Image Transfers

I've been doing a lot of playing and experimenting since last October. I have to say that if it weren't for my sweet friend Jane I would still be in a creative rut. Maybe not even a rut, because don't you have to already be doing something for that something to turn into a rut? Anyhoo, I joined Jane's Creativity Bootcamp and started makin' some stuff. Which made me want to make more stuff, but I still wasn't creating every day. It's like I pressured myself into paralyzation. You know the feeling? I think it's part and parcel of the creative process. 

Speaking of the creative process, I LOVE trying new methods for making image transfers. Up until recently, I've been using the Chartpak Colorless Blender for laser copy transfers, and it works fine, though the odor is BAD. It should be used in a well ventilated area, perhaps with a fan blowing the fumes away from you. I say it works fine; you have to wet the back of the transfer image thoroughly and also burnish it with the back of a spoon or other tool you prefer. Depending on the size of your image, the pen will last awhile, and it's not too expensive to replace. It just takes a bit of elbow grease to get a really good transfer. Here is an example of a blender pen transfer:

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My new favorite, and super cheap alternative to the blender pen is plain old Acetone. As I already have acetone on hand at all times for my Adventures in Nail Art (it doesn't leave a weird residue like non-acetone nail polish remover) it was a delight to discover that it works brilliantly for image transfers, with hardly any burnishing required. I've used both a brush and a cotton ball to wet the image, and both work just fine. It takes a lot less elbow grease to do an acetone transfer; the image pretty much just bleeds right into your substrate. Here is my most recent transfer (and still a work in progress): 

They're similar outcomes, just slightly differing methods. Your wallet and possibly your brain cells will thank you a little more for using acetone. 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Now Hear This: Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (Original Jazz Band Version)

Sit back and relax. Close your eyes. Experience genius.

Can't. Stop. Listening.

Seriously, one of my favorite pick-me-ups.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thrift Score Thursday! (And What The Heck Have I Been Up To?)

I feel like I should start this post with "Forgive me friends, for I have sinned. It has been almost thirty days since my last post..." since I haven't even looked at the blog for like, ever. I'm not beating myself up about it; I've been sick, my dog's been sick, I have had the blues for NO REASON and I am going to let it go. So there. 

Shall we get down to some thrifty goodness? It was difficult for me to choose my faves this time around! I get super excited every Thursday but I also want to remind everyone that you don't have to wait for Thursday to roll around. Post any time you get that score, and keep them coming!

First off, Shannon has had some envy-worthy scores and I love her Instagram feed in general. These tupperware coasters are the shizzle. Give her a follow!

Next  up is this ah-mazing Turkish runner from Draven of dravenmade. I am a huge sucker for textiles and this rug is super groovy. The colors are fantastical, and I can't wait to see her use it in future style shots! Follow her on Instagram and check out her blog. Lots of good stuff, and I love her furniture makeovers.

Like I said, I'm a huge textile freak and these vintage afghan pillows made me swoon! The thrifting gods smile upon Danavee of thisvintagegrove a lot. Awesome leather belt, midmod end table, macrame, oh my! Check out her blog and give her a follow on Instagram.

I've been guarding my finds like a giant, fire-breathing dragon guards the treasure under the mountain. Yes, I would like to wallow in my thrift shop finds like Scrooge McDuck wades through his treasure. Might be a wee painful but whatevs. 
Yeah, it's electric. Yeah, it works. Just YEAH! This little piggy will not be going to market. I may have a weird obsession with typewriters.

It's a metal frame with really nubbly fabric and a turquoise velvet binding. It's a marquise shape with six little metal ball-feet. I think I got it for $12 clams. Well worth it! Here's a close-up:

Well that's it for today, friends! I'll try to be a little more faithful about posting. I've been working on a few projects, doing daily yoga, and I just started The Artist's Way (again, for the umpteenth time) to kick my fanny into gear for the year. Day seven and in the immortal words of Nina Simone, I'm feeling good. 

Please check out my lovely co-hostesses with the mostesses! I can't wait to see their features and finds!

By the way! Please vote for Corinna's AWESOME Leather Pendant Lamp DIY HERE. It truly is an awesome DIY (did I mention it was awesome?) and she deserves the love.