Wednesday, 2 March 2016

2016 #4 Flowers At The Abbey {by Lesley Ebdon}

2016 Topic #4: Image Transfer

Hi Everyone, Lesley here to share a project for the Image Transfer theme using Elizabeth Borer's beautiful new stamp set EEB07 which features the Morning Glory flowers.
I chose to offer a contribution to this topic because I had only ever once done an image transfer quite a few years ago and I wanted to try something out of my usual comfort zone. I also love the less than pristine, sometimes 'ethereal' images you get with transfer techniques. The method I used previously (in a workshop) was burnishing the chosen image onto the sticky side of sticky back canvas and I did try this first but I think the adhesive is degrading on my old adhesive canvas and it didn't work very well, unlike the fab result I got in the workshop, lol! Next, I tried Leandra's method of printing onto a transparency and transfering with Satin Glaze (as in her YouTube video) but I think I need more practice at that one, lol! It worked and is a quick method too but not the right results for what I wanted. This was probably more to do with the image I chose and my inexpertise so I'm sharing my third reasonably successful attempt.


Step 1: I began with 2 pieces of white/greyboard 15cm x 21cm (5.5” x 8”) and from one I cut an arched aperture using a diecut as a template. I had to do this by hand with a craft knife to get the arch where I wanted it.


Step 2: I gave the aperture piece (top layer) a coate of gesso then applied Grunge Paste tinted with Buff Fresco Finish paint through a brick/stonework stencil. When it was dry I gave the whole thing a coat of Buff and followed this with gently patting touches of Taupe, Caramel and Wintergreen Frescos over the stonework using the back side of a piece of Cut n Dry foam. I didn't use the soft sponge side as I didn't want the colours to sink into the 'grouting' between the stone blocks.


Step 3: I did a little light random stencilling using Taupe Fresco and the 'Wild flowers' quote using Caramel Fresco and followed this with stencilling the ivy using Wintergreen and Caramel and the quote bottom left with Black Archival Ink. To finish the board preparation I edged both top and bottom layers and the aperture edges with Gold Fresco Finish (my new favourite gold paint).




Step 4: Now for the image transfer! I printed my chosen photo (taken at Fountains Abbey) onto copy paper, applied a good coat of Golden Matte Gel and placed it face down onto a piece of cotton fabric. I made sure there was nice even contact (no lumps of glue or bubbles) between the fabric and paper and left it overnight to dry. I then began spritzing with water and gently rubbing with my fingers until I'd removed (most of) the paper and revealed the photo again.


Step 5: I now had the 'misty' look I was after and to finish the image I stamped part of the flourish from EEB07 along the bottom to look like creepers. I glued the image transfer to the back of the aperture using gel medium and then adhered the back layer of greyboard.


Step 6: Next I turned to creating the embellishments. I stamped out several of the Morning Glory images onto Smoothy Card, painted them with Fresco Finish Chalk Wintergreen and a little Pumpkin Soup and Plum and then fussy cut them all. I also gave the leaves 3 coats of Fresco Gloss Glaze.


Step 7: I arranged all the elements and adhered them with Heavy Gel to create some dimension and also added some tendrils of wired paper string. 


Here's a final detail close up.


I hope you enjoyed my foray into incorporating an image tranfer into a project. I certainly did and I want to practice more with Leandra's technique using transparencies and Satin Glaze. It's definitely quicker than the method I used, lol! If, like me you haven't tried this before, do have a go. There's a nice sense of satisfaction seeing the image emerge when you get it (more or less) right!
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Lesley this is beautiful, you certainly have an affinity with these stamps, you always make such classy projects with them. As a huge fan of Fountain's abbey it is a treat to see it brought to life in this way, the stamps are just perfect for this stunning architecture. The arch and the touches of Grunge Paste add just enough rugged texture to balance the delicate flowers. ~Darcy 
We would love to see how you interpret this Image Transfers  topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #4: Image Transfers, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
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34 comments:

Helen said...

This is a real case of "if at first you don't succeed" and it has worked beautifully! what a great starting photo too.

Julie Ann Lee said...

I love Fountains Abbey, Lesley! What a beautiful, ethereal image you've captured of it on this image transfer. Liz's flowers look wonderful bordering it! I love the way the arch echoes the shape of the image itself! A fabulous idea. xx

Keren Baker said...

Seriously beautiful. You've made that substrate come alive! Love the transfer picture too! x

Hazel Agnew said...

It's a triumph Lesley! Love your subject, which you have transferred beautifully and embellished with the fabulous Liz stamps! Great piece of art! Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a BRILLIANT idea Lesley! It works so well. The whole piece is absolutely beautiful. Lx

Ruth said...

Wow, Wow and Wow from me, a beautiful project, Darcy is right you work those stamps beautifully. Such a soft result with the transfer..Fond memories of a school trip coming back. Ruth xx

JoFY said...

beautiful project!

Tarnished Rose said...

I love this. Very pretty.

Marilyn

Miriam said...

this is stunning Lesley. I love the transfer and the arch

Miriam said...

this is stunning Lesley. I love the transfer and the arch

Sarah Dunkley said...

Gorgeous work Lesley! Fab! X

Wanda Hentges said...

Gorgeous!!!

jojo79 said...

Beautiful Lesley x

Julie Bell said...

Love the brickwork stencil, it sets the whole transfer off amazingly well, wonderful piece xx

Kaz said...

A really gorgeous piece of art xx

pam thorburn said...

wow-this is so soft and gorgeous!!

rachel said...

absolutely stunning - I just love this!! Hugs rachel x

Sarah B said...

A really stunning piece Lesley - the main image is so pretty xx

craftimamma said...

Wow, thanks so much everyone. I'm blown away by your lovely comments. Darcy's right, I have loved working with Liz's new stamps!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Such a stunner Lesley !!!! Brilliantly pulled together!! Thanks for sharing with us all!!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

I was deeply impressed because this work is very sublime. The Fountains Abbey image and Lis's wild flowers are very beautiful matched. Great details and colours. Just wonderful. xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is amazing, Lesley, it really showcases how worthwhile it is to do image transfer as you have harmonised all the elements together so well,

Lucy x

Craftyfield said...

The image was beautiful to start with but with the added archway frame the perspective is enhanced. Brilliant design!

Jane said...

What a gorgeous design and such a beautiful finished piece. I'm not sure that I am going to get the time to join the challenge but I will definately give this technique a go soon...it looks such fun x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Lesley this is an apsoluete stunner. Love it, all of it and I think you nailed the transfere beautifully. Fabulous make , hugs Debs xx

Susan Battensby said...

Wow this is absolutely gorgeous, the morning glory flowers are really stunning.
Definitely going on my wish list, birthday is next month!

veronica said...

absolutely stunning Lesley, and a great photo as well!

Aquarius said...

This is fabulous and great having details of how it was achieved.

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! What a beautiful scene and you feel like you could walk right into the beautiful arch.

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous project and loving this technique. So very delicate with great colours and fabulous 'feel' to the project.

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, Lesley - and the ethereal look of the transfer is just perfect for the glorious Gothic architecture. Beautiful framing with the arch, the flowers and the bricks.
Alison x

Coco said...

Wow, how gorgeous Lesley!!! Your project is so delicate and so well done, very clever too, and totally exquisite!!!!!
And Thank You for sharing your technique on fabric, the result looks great! Coco Xx

Kirsten said...

Absolutely stunning piece!

Jo said...

Just stunning, Lesley! I love that image transfer.

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