21 July 2009

New Painting - Frisco Grain Elevator - Step By Step

#5 The backing is finally off. I accidentally tore up some of the logo while I was removing the paper. That is okay in this project because I'm going for a banged up rustic look and it will be painted over anyway. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and not worry about those little things!

#4 Once the logo has been attached to the collage and has fully dried, I wet a small rag and soak the back of the transfer paper. I then rub the paper backing off very carefully. You have to keep it soaked to get good results.

#3 After both are dry, I take the logo and place it face down on the collage. I then put a piece of transfer paper (wax paper) on top and begin to heat it up and iron the logo down to the collage.

#2 Coat the collage with Golden Polymer Medium. I also coat a reversed image of the Frisco railroad with the GPM. This logo is printed on a special Acrylic Transfer paper I ordered from Jonathan Talbot.

#1 Glue down old maps, train schedules, book pages with Golden Acrylic Gel.

I'm beginning to work on a series of Frisco, Texas inspired collage paintings for an upcoming show in the fall. I started a small 12 x 12 collage painting Monday night. I wanted to start smaller for some practice before I moved to the larger scaled ones. Above is the step by step process of the early stages. I have no secrets, so use these techniques if you like or let me know if you have any better ways of doing this. Let me know if you have any questions. I learned these techniques from a book by Jonathan Talbot.


  1. make sure you include crying kids and overreactive moms at sporting good stores in your ode to frisco

  2. Have you tried any acetone transfers? Don't try it indoors, and for dependable results forget it, but I like starting with a reversed positive image (from an inkjet printer or some other color printing technology), lay it down on a sheet of glass, put a piece of paper down that you want to transfer the image to. Wearing gloves, soak a rag in acetone, and gently rub the piece of paper until you can see that it has all been wetted and rubbed. Wait a minute for the paper to dry (won't take long). remove the paper - and you should have a transferred image. I'll send you a scan of the results if you'd like.

  3. I haven't tried any acetone transfers. Sure, send me a scan, I'd love to see the outcome!

  4. This post is just tooooooo timely. I was just talking to an art friend yesterday about Jonathan Talbot and couldn't remember the technique he used, only that he used a small iron. So glad to see this post.

    I have to agree with Mr Cachet that acetone works great on photocopies.


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