Collage background, contact paper transfer, flower sketches

This is a background painted with spray watercolors, rubber stamp pads and fabric dye.

a flower painted with watercolors on Yupo paper

another watercolor flower... these will be placed on a collage at some point

I did my first contact paper transfer!  I love how it turned out.  Now, I just need to find some better images to transfer.  This was sooooo easy. All you do is take a magazine image, place it on a sheet of the sticky contact paper (face to the sticky side).  Then burnish (rub really hard) with something like the back of a spoon.  Then, let it sit in a bowl of warm/hot water for 10 minutes.  After you come back, rub gently with your fingers until all the paper is off.  You get this nice, translucent-ish image.

This is a worksheet from Carla Sonheim's Art of Silliness class.  I recommend this class, it's very fun.  The worksheets she sends you each day are very unique drawing activities.  What I am doing with these is photocopying them for kids in my class to work on when they are finished with their regular art projects.  (She allows photocopying for classroom use in schools, which is awesome!)  Some of the kids did a drawing exercise on Friday in class where they draw stacks of turtles.  One stack with their left hand, one stack with their right hand.  Great exercise for the brain and hand/eye coordination.  The kids lOVED it.  They also had a blast coming up with Fleep (nonsense) words. 


Terrie said...

I found your blog on the Strathmore site and I'm trying to visit all the ladies who've put their names in - I love your ideas and particularly can't wait to try the contact paper transfer. Although I've been blogging for a couple years on other blogs I've started, I just recently started one about my artistic journey, so am looking forward to becoming a part of this creative community.

printkat said...

Hey Marcie,
Thanks so much for starting the blog list with the Strathmore group. It has been a ton of fun reading everyone's blogs and sharing ideas. Kathy

TammyVitale said...

wow - easier and a lot less expensive than using GAC - and I don't need a laser copy! I'm teaching an art jounaling class to middle and high schoolers in June - am off to share this with my co-teacher. THANK YOU! and also - thanks for starting the blog list over at Strathmore!

Marcia Beckett said...

thanks for making it over to my blog :) The transfer thing is so cool! I just used regular magazine images. I don't know if regular photocopies will work, because I haven't tried it yet. I will let you know!