I used my Canson mixed media paper as a base - let me tell you I am not impressed with it as a mixed media paper for my use. I glued down ripped vintage book pages (the paper was extremely warped by this time and I had to flatten it out by bending it backwards) and then got out my M Graham watercolours and did a little wash mixing colours as I went along.
The colours were a little bold and the text a bit too visible on the pages so I knocked it back with a glaze of glazing medium mixed with Titan Buff liquid acrylic. I didn't want anything to compete with the egg gel transfers.
Now I became a little crazed at this point and forgot to take pictures of the actual gel transfer process - but I promise to document my process and do a complete post on my technique at a later time.
I applied my laser copied transfers with self levelling gel and used my heat gun to speed up the drying time. I removed the paper from the back of the transfers and cut up into 4 cards per prepared sheet - I actually made two of the above collages - the one above and another one with purple added to the colours as well. My cards measure 4.5"x6" - I made 8 total and should have made more!!! As it was I have a very sore right forearm from all that transfer removal!!
I saved my favourite one....the one below....for myself. Is that selfish?
After cutting each collaged, painted and gel transfered sheet into quarters - each card was so warped there was no way I could give it out as finished. So I decided to glue them onto a colourful backing paper. yikes!!! they were too warped to actually glue down nicely. yikes. I did the best I could and then put them under a layer of wax paper with weights on top to set overnight. They flattened somewhat and I was less embarrassed to give them away. Lesson learned....use stiffer paper for my mixed media work.
Everyone was thrilled with their cards and I had fun and learned something too. It was great to get out my watercolours again....it's been since last summer that I wet my palette!!
I hope everyone had a good Easter!!