Upon the advice of a friend who felt that anything with the word "craft" in it could conjure up images of knitted toilet paper covers, I changed it to simply "Dianne Poinski Photography". This worked because as you know, eventually I would also offer photographs that were not hand colored and even prints of images made with an iPhone!
I have been hinting at this for awhile, but I have been feeling a little squirrely that there is very little about my work these days that can be considered anything but a product of hours at my computer or staring at my phone. Of course this also requires training and skill and I have a lot respect for the masters in this field, but personally, I was finding it less than satisfying.
Which now brings me to what this post is really about............
I have been hearing a lot lately about photo transfers with color copies and have been experimenting with this technique on and off for the last couple of months. I started getting frustrated because none of the methods I was trying seemed to work. My stubbornness kicked in however, and I became determined to keep at it until something did.
Up until last week, I was not interested in any of the methods that said "let it dry 24 hours....". I did not want to wait that long! As most of you know, patience is NOT one of my virtues.
Well guess what? Waiting 24 hours seems to be the ticket!
My intention all along was to try to create something that was completely original, unique and a "one of a kind" piece of art, out of the images that were being made in that so totally awesome and amazing technological wonder called an iPhone. Two ends of the spectrum.................
I have also been reading about the concept of "Wabi-sabi". The Wikipedia definition refers to this as "a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection." In my mind, that doesn't happen a lot in Photoshopped images. (Actually, the "impermanence" aspect of wabi-sabi could be applied to digital images......crashed hard drive, no back up..........)
You will see now, just how "imperfect" these transfers are.
|Transfer on watercolor paper|
I experimented doing them on paper and canvas...............
|Transfer on canvas|
Here is a little bit about the process:
One requirement for this method is you have to use color copies, not inkjet prints. You need a mirror image to place down, so after reversing them in Photoshop, I made prints and went to Kinkos. (I may just bring a flash drive next time.......)
The next step involves a "pouring medium". I chose this one by Liquitex.
Using a foam brush, coat your substrate (in my case paper or canvas), and the front of the print with the medium.
Place the print face down on the substrate and smooth out the bubbles with a brayer or other object.
Let it dry for at least 24 hours.............ugh!
Using a spray bottle, wet the piece and carefully start rubbing the paper off. (This is actually the toughest and most time consuming part.........)
This image of the Golden Gate Bridge was transferred onto hot press water color paper.
As you can see, it is so not perfect, and that is part of the charm. I can transfer this same image over and over again and it will never turn out the same way twice!
This is still a work in progress, and as I learn more I will share what works and what doesn't. I am not sure if I will only apply this technique to iPhone images, but for now, it is this blending of extreme technology with of the idea of original art that has me so excited. (Ask the brave people that stepped inside my studio the morning I completed my first semi-successful transfer. I had to share it with someone and I was downright giddy!)
I plan to play around with adding pastels or even acrylic paint (if I am brave enough....) to these transfers.
There are a couple of other "experiments" I am working on that involve prints of my DSLR work as well as iPhone images.
I will end with a couple of my favorite closing lines......"the possibilities are endless" and "stay tuned"......................
PS....if any of you have experience with this or other transfer techniques and have hints or suggestions, please leave a note in the comments section. Thanks!