I wanted this post to be about my newly honed skills in transferring techniques.
I wanted to show you something awesome and cool and unique.
I wanted to have some neat projects that I was proud of and that could inspire you all.
If you can settle for ‘eh’, then read on.
But if not, I’ll understand. Maybe you have a spice rack that needs organizing, or a root canal appointment, or any number of other exciting ways to spend your time…
If you’re still with me, you rock ;).
I’ve wanted to learn transfer techniques for a while now, so when I learned of a class that was teaching just that I jumped at the opportunity. It was 6 classes, held once a week on Mondays from 1:30-4:30, and they took place in this historic building (i.e., no a/c!) on the top floor.
I bought a membership, which entitles me to class discounts for a year. That, along with the class tuition brought the grand total to $290. Pricey? Yes, but I didn’t mind as long as I learned a few techniques that were worth it.
For the first class we spent some time looking at examples of collages, which was just about as exciting as it sounds. We were asked to think about a theme for our project(s) and bring the necessary materials to the next class.
I had no clue what I wanted to do. Actually, I didn’t really want to do anything. I just wanted to learn some tips for future use, but I’ve had a couple of nested trays that I purchased at a tag sale a couple of years ago I’ve never liked so I figured I’d start with the larger one and see where it took me.
I basically worked with papers I already had and a few that were provided. The problem was all I was really doing was decoupaging the tray, a skill most second graders know.
Can I get a ‘whoop, whoop’?
I had no rhyme or reason to what I was doing, and true collage is anything but random. A couple of the other students were producing what I would consider to be true collages, but I wondered what they would do with them when all was said and done. Being the pragmatist that I am, I wanted something that I could use on a practical level.
I finished the tray after week 4 and then moved on to some chargers I had which have been sitting in a closet for years. Initially they were gold, then somewhere along the way I painted them silver, which doesn’t really work with my decor.
In anticipation of Autumn, I decided to use some cut out fruit placed somewhat randomly. I also put some gold paint on an old vinyl textured placemat and used it to create a random, irregular gold pattern. Not bad, but again, this is NOT collage or transferring!
Finally, during class 5 I asked about transfer techniques (like pulling teeth!) and here’s what I was told: cut out whatever it is you want to transfer to the piece, spread a thick layer of Gel Medium (available at any art supply store) on the image, place it fact down and after making sure it’s flat (I usually used a small roller) let dry completely. Once dry, wet a sponge thoroughly and wipe off the ‘wrong’ side of the image.
This tray was the baby sister of the other one, and they were originally a very dark brown so they needed two good coats of the white (I didn’t prime) before I was able to place the image on top. This method isn’t foolproof by any means. Sometimes part of the image can come off if you’re not careful, and more often than not you can see the outline of the paper if you look closely.
Not exactly earth shattering instructions, right? I really hoped I would have been able to pass along something cool and easy but it is what it is. Now that I have the membership, I really feel I should take at least one other class to make it worth while. There’s a photography class I might be interested in, and get this…there’s a blogging class!! It’s called Blogging For Business, but since I don’t monetize, I’m not sure if that’s something I should do but I it’s just two sessions so we’ll see.
In other news…
The boys are gone after a week of fun and games and we’re playing catch up now. We took them to Jiminy Peak the other day, and I’m not sure who had more fun, me or them :o).
The Alpine Slide is the biggest I’ve ever seen, and I pretty much went down full throttle, not once, but twice. Fun, fun, fun!!
The weather has been weird lately…cool, then hot and humid, then rainy. I’m hoping for some decent weather so we can start the fire pit on Monday and hopefully show you the finished product next time.