Sunday, April 2, 2017

February Art Class - Tissue Paper Transfer

I'm really late in publishing this post, but later is better than never, right?! I think I procrastinated in creating this blog post because it is very detailed and it took me awhile to organize my thoughts. If you can hang in there with me, I think you will learn some neat things...I sure did!

In our February art class, we created a little book with a sliding cover, and decorated an egg and peat pot with printed tissue paper. The technique we used was called tissue paper transfer.

First, I'll describe how we made the book; then follow with the egg and peat pot. We used the same technique in both projects.


The goal was to have a little book with words printed on it. This book was cut from heavy cardstock (110 pound). Heavy cardstock will normally not feed through a printer because it is too thick (I would LOVE to find a printer that will print on 110 pound cardstock - if anyone can recommend one, please leave me a comment!). So our instructor, Cindy, showed us a way to add words to heavy cardstock with her tissue paper transfer method. 

Cindy brought each of us a piece of 65 pound cardstock (much lighter than the heavy 110 pound cardstock which WILL FEED THROUGH A PRINTER) that was covered with tissue paper. The tissue paper was folded over the edges of the cardstock and taped to the back of it with Washi tape (Washi tape comes off easily and will not tear the paper). 

Cindy had run the cardstock covered tissue paper through a laser printer (she said an ink jet printer would smudge it) to print the words and images that you can see in the photo below. She brought it to us in this form so that we could understand the printing process of the tissue paper taped to the cardstock.

So all we had to do was remove the Washi tape that held the tissue paper to the cardstock, and we had a piece of printed tissue paper to use on our little book, egg and peat pot. 

 We used scissors to cut out the blocks of words for the little book.

Then we glued the words onto the 110 pound cardstock book using Liquitex. (***Included at the end of this blog post is a discussion on why Liquitex was used.)

The tissue paper pretty much blended in with the cardstock, so you can see this was a way to apply words onto heavy cardstock. 

We colored hearts on the pages to correspond with the wording. We used these colored brush pens below, and the blue handled water brush in the photo above helped to blend the colors.

Cindy demonstrated how to blend the colors.

We poked holes into the book for binding and added a ribbon to hold the pages together.

Cindy is all about finishing projects to the max (she is amazing). We made this cover for the book by creating fold lines onto a sheet of 65 pound black cardstock and gluing the edges together. Then we applied Washi Tape to one edge and glued buttons onto the tape with E-6000 glue.


Next we used the Liquitex to adhere the French images onto the egg and peat pot. We learned about an interesting technique to help hide the edges of the tissue. We dabbed a watered down paint brush around the images so they would easily tear apart from the excess tissue paper around them.

It made a nice edge to blend on the pot.

Before we applied the image to the egg and peat pot, we painted them with thick white gesso (a white paint mixture used as a base to paint upon). I asked Cindy why we did that and this was her answer: "The gesso seals the egg and peat pot so that whatever you use after that does not soak into them, leaving them soggy. If we were to use inexpensive craft paint first, that could be watery and easily soak into the pot. The gesso is thicker, and acts as a barrier to protect the pot from breaking down. If you wanted to paint your cute pots pink, yellow, and green, and fill with grass for Easter, the white gesso also helps keep your colors true, instead of the brown of the raw pot coming through the thin paint." 

This is how the pot looked after I had painted with gesso and applied the design (the glue was still wet).  

Wet egg and peat pot.

The glue dried quickly with a small blow dryer.

The peat pot can be used in many ways including holding a plant.

This was an amazing class. Cindy plans so many interesting things for us each month. I am grateful to be a part of this special group of creative women.

Since we enjoyed working on circle journals last year, we decided to make them again this year. Here is a sneak peek of my 2017 circle journal: What Inspires You?

We include a sign-in page at the beginning of our journal...

and a page we design to begin our book. I went with a calendar page filled with things that inspire me. I cut shapes from vinyl with my electronic cutting machine.

***I asked Cindy why we used Liquitex for this technique and her answer was so thoughtful that I wanted to include it here so that I could refer back to it later.

"The reason I used Liquitex was because there are lots of variables with reglular "glue". You could use regular Elmers school glue, but it can sit on top and dry a bit like plastic (remember painting it onto your hand to peel it off when you were a kid?). You could use Mod Podge, but if you are using it on paper like our book, it can dry shiny (and a bit plasticy) and turn yellow over time. It also sticks to itself, sort of tacky after drying, so your pages would stick together when the book is closed. That's why I prefer matte Multi Medium. Keep in mind, there are differences in Multi Mediums also. There are matte mediums that dry with a matte finish, and glossy mediums that dry with a shiny surface. Also, some are thick and some thinner." 

Cindy prefers to use Liquitex, but also could have used Art Basics, Golden, Ranger, or any other matte medium. This was a nice little description of multi mediums vs. glues. Cindy included a photo of her stash, stating that they all have a particular purpose. Thank you, Cindy!

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