24 December 2008

Wednesday Works - "Alamo"

This is a small collage I did a couple of years ago. I used a couple of different artist's techniques on this one. Claudine Hellmuth is one of the inspirations as well as Jonathan Talbot. I first took a small 5"x7" canvas and glued down a page of an old atlas index with acrylic medium. I peeled off a layer in certain spots. Then I glazed it with the acrylic medium. I then used a technique from Talbot. I made a photocopy of the Alamo onto a special transfer paper. Then you put the image face down on the canvas and use a special hot iron to transfer the image to the canvas. After that I rubbed off the back of the transfer paper with a wet sponge and let it dry. Then I painted the area around the Alamo. I finished it off the word "determination" across the door that was cut out from an old dictionary. I finished it off with an acrylic glaze medium. It's kind of a laborious process but well worth the outcome. Give me a holler if you are in the area and I'll show you how to do it. Claudine Hellmuth and Jonathan Talbot's books are great resources.

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