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Here on this blog I am going to share how I made the page for today's prompt on Photography.
Today's art challenge was to 'use the gesso transfer technique to add a photo to your page'.
I decided to use a photo to make the whole background and because it was wet and miserable I printed off an inkjet copy of the photo and didn't go out to get a laser photocopy of it. I also printed a mirror image version to see which I would use.
I tore round the edge of the printout and scraped gesso onto the whole page.
I stuck the printout on, print side down and smoothed it on. Some of it wrinkled and some of it didn't really stick properly.
When it was totally dry, I sprayed water onto the paper and rubbed it away with my fingers.
As I said, not all of it was stuck properly, plus I think I wet some of it too much so bits of the image came away. I decided I would stick with though so you can see what happens when mistakes happen - they are called opportunities.
I sprayed the whole page with Lime ink and stamped with Archival Ink. At this point I didn't like the page too much. I hadn't realised that the ink would make the page so dark.
If you use an inkjet printout I think you probably need to leave it to dry for longer than the 5 minutes I left it. And actually using a laser photocopy does get better results. I have used a photocopy before and the image transfer was great.
Anyway, a day for you to experiment. Have fun. See you tomorrow.