/* */ Beulah Bee: Jaune

April 29, 2014


Not So Mellow Yellow is the Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp, so...

I went looking for ideas on Pinterest, did a seach for yellow and found this house. I knew immediately that I must use it and remembered another image I had of a woman and brought the two together by way of an image transfer and a fussy-cut.

I really didn't do anything that technical but today but I thought I'd share the step-by-step process just in case anyone is curious.

  1. I have a toner-based printer (versus ink jet) and printed the house image using Photoshop in the size of the tag after reversing it.
  2. I stamped french script (Darkroom Door) on top of the tag with archival ink.
  3. Working quickly, I coated the front side of the image with polymer medium (gloss) and placed it on the tag front-side down, smoothed out any bubbles and let it air dry.
  4. I put a small dot of water on my table and dipped my finger in it to apply water to small areas of the image so I could gently rub the paper away.
  5. To avoid over-wetting/over-working (which weakens the medium), I kept moving to different areas on the photo and continued dipping and rubbing until all the paper was removed.
  6. Then I printed my woman after guessing at a size and cut her out of the photo using an Exacto knife and cutting mat.
  7. I used a brown waterproof brush marker to ink the edges which helps to blend them into the collage.
  8. I pasted the woman in place using Mod Podge.
  9. I didn't like the balance of values (lights and darks) so I added a strip of white tissue paper stamped with script to the bottom using a glue stick.
  10. I used gray acrylic paint to tint the strip, the sky, and most of the dark green values.
  11. I mixed a very transparent batch of lemon yellow acrylic paint and used it to tint the woman's dress.
I appreciate the skill of artists using photo-editing software to create digital imagery. I suppose I could learn how to do it and then create a tag like this one using only a computer and printer. But I really enjoy using my paint and glue and creating the old-fashioned way. I do admit, however, that I would be lost without my printer.

If you have any questions about my process, feel free to contact me, my email address in on the side bar.