Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Grafix Rub-onz Project

Liquid Watercolor, Rub-onz Grafix, Ledger Book 
This project involves creating a transfer from Rub-onz by Grafix and incorporating the transfer into a mixed-media piece of art.
Step one - gather supplies needed for the project. Grafix Rub-onz, Grafix Doubletack Adhesive Film, Grafix Acetate self-adhesive, substrate (I used watercolor paper 16 x 20), liquid watercolor, acrylic paint, colored pencils, brushes, matte medium, collage resources, scissors, craft knife, plastic 1" putty knife, jet-ink printer.  Below you see that you can create a watercolor piece of art or use one an image that already exist.
Step Two - follow the directions on the Grafix Rub-onz, print the image on the matte side of the film.
Step Three - peel the white liner paper from the Rub-onz film and adhere the sticky side down to the matte side of the image.
Step Four - Using a putty knife or stick, burnish down the film until all bubbles are removed. Set aside the cut-out image.
Step Five - Begin working on your background. I used a sheet of 200# watercolor cold pressed paper, ledger sheets, acrylic paint and matte medium.
Step Six - Apply matte medium to the substrate (watercolor paper), wet the ledger paper and adhere. Smooth out flat with a putty knife.
Step Seven - Embellish the background as desired with acrylic paint and matte medium.
Step Eight -  I drew a window and mounted it on Grafix Doubletack Adhesive Film. I also used a player piano scroll, symbols printed on Grafix Transparency Sheets.
Step Nine - Cut out the window and other collage pieces.
Step Ten - Adhere the collage pieces to the background and embellish as desired.
Step Eleven - Adhere the watercolor flower Rub-onz transfer to the background and embellish.

For more project ideas see Grafix website. Have fun creating!!!!

The Watercolor Printed on the Matte Film

Watercolor along with Rub-onz 

Peel the white liner paper from the transfer film.

Using scissors or craft knife trim image.

Step Six - Background Supplies

Supplies to embellish the background.

Step Seven - Background

Step Eight -Supplies for Collage Images.

Supplies for Collage Images

Step Nine -Collage & Transparency (self adhesive)

Step Ten - Use color pencil to embellish

Step Ten - Adhere  images

Step Eleven - Adhere Flower Transfer

Step Eleven - Embellish art as desired

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grafix Monoprint Plates

I have always been attracted to printmaking; combining this process along with other techniques to create mixed media art is one of my favorite things to do. Grafix has helped to make this easier with affordable and reliable products. Monoprint Plates are available in a variety of sizes and quantities.  
Transparent, durable, flexible, and non-porous, Grafix Impress Monoprint Plates are used to create unique prints by applying paint, using stencils, tracing, or removing ink. 

Grafix Impress Inking Palettes are smooth, non-porous, .005" thick,9" × 12"plastic sheets that work with all types of printing ink. Great for rolling out inks for block printing, monoprinting, and stamping, the 25-sheet pad is bound at two ends to prevent curling when rolling ink with a brayer.
Impress Inking Palettes are quick and easy to use — when finished, just tear the sheet from the pad and discard it.

Grafix makes it easy by including an easy to follow instruction guide.

 Very economical when compared to metal or glass plates,  Monoprint Plates are also lightweight, easy to transport, and easy to clean.
Using a craft knife,  I cut down the plate to five inches square.

 Remove the blue protector liner.

 My first print was made by adding paint directly to the plate and placing the paper down on the undisturbed paint. I then rolled a clean brayer over the back of the paper. Creating prints in this manner, allows a lot of freedom. You do not have a preconceived notion of how it will appear. Clean the plates between prints and they can be reused to make multiple prints.  

 This mono-print was printed on Vellum that had been embellished with a collage resource, a torn page (upper left area) adhered to the Vellum before the print was pulled. Lines were removed on the plate with the end of a paintbrush (upper right corner).

This print was made on a plat (map). Step 1 - Squeeze ink or water based paint on Grafix Monoprint Plate. Step 2 - You may use a brayer or a paintbrush to spread and blend your paint. Draw into the wet with a wood skewer or the end of a paintbrush. This will remove paint, creating lines that become negative space on your print. Step 3 - Once satisfied, position your paper facedown on the wet plate, smooth evenly with the palm of your hand (or you may use a printmaking tool). Step 4 - Using both hands, starting at the bottom corners slowly pull the paper off of the plate. Step 5 - Hang with clips or lay face up to dry. Optional - once the print has dried, continue to embellish with other mediums.

 Mixed media Mono-print created by embellishing the mono-print with collage resources and black graphite lines.
Detail of print above.  Try Grafix Impress Monoprint Plates, available online  or in local craft and hobby stores.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lions Monument

Lion Monument

Close up of Lion Monument

Summer Vacation Part 4
Lucerne Switzerland

The Lion Monument in Lucerne , the most sentimental of SwissMonuments, commerates the Swiss mercenaries who, serving the French King Louis XVI, lost their lives during the French Revolution at the Tuileries Palace in Paris . Many were killed during the invasion of the Tuileries on the 10th August 1792 while others were guillotined on the 2nd and 3rd September 1792. The inscription above the Lion reads "Helvetiorum fedei ac Virtuti" which translates as "To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss." A fitting tribute.

Carved into the cliff face, the monument measures a staggering 10 meters in length and and six meters in height. Captain Carl Pfyffer von Altishofen commissioned the Lion Monument which, in turn, was designed by the Danish classicist sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsenwhilst in Rome in 1819. Lucas Ahorn, a stone-mason from Constance in modern day Germany, carved the sculpture out of the limestone cliff face in 1820 and 1821.

The artist captures so much emotion in the details of the this dying lion's face. I am thankful for artist and their ability to translate history in such a moving way. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lakes, Mountains and Chocolate

Nothing can prepare you for how breathtaking this city is. 
Views in Lucerne

The city by the lake

The distance mountains of Switzerland

Summer Vacation Part 4

Nothing can quite prepare you for the breathtaking beauty of Lucerne Switzerland. The Alps are truly beautiful, words do not give justice to this area. This is my first time to Switzerland - and I have promised myself I will return. 

Our first stop in Lucerne was emotion as we visited the Lion Monument - this deserve it's own blog page. Hopefully you will visit my blog again in a few days to catch up.

Fontainebleau Forest and Burgundy

The Grand Canal Fontainebleau Palace
Summer Vacation Part 3
We left the lights of Paris driving pass Fontainebleau Forest and the historical Chateau de Fontainebleau. This is a weekend getaway for Parisians - not the Chateau, but Fontainebleau itself. 

A lot of signing of historic documents have been done in the Chateau - Treaty of Fontainebleau (Louisiana territory), later Napoleon signed another Treaty of Fontainebleau authorizing passage of French troops through Spanish territories so that they might invade Portugal.

Napoleon held Pope Pius VII prisoner at the Chateau for almost two years. Enough about the history. The forest was lush and beautiful.

Continuing on the motor coach we headed through Burgundy.  This is one of France's main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. After traveling through the lush countryside, I can see why Burgundy wine is so good, giving a new respect to wine and origin. 

I must admit I did not take photos along this journey - (a) the reflection of the window (b) I wanted to enjoy the memories without the hassle of trying to get the perfect photo while on a moving coach (c) it was more enjoyable not to worry about taking photos - the scenery was perfect. 

On to the Alps!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Louvre and Lunch

Macell, Luis and myself after lunch at the Louvre

Does it really need a caption? Tom Hanks and Dan Brown says "no".

After a nice lunch in the food court at the Louvre we set out on a guided tour. The world’s largest museum - The Louvre has one of largest art collections. The magnificent, baroque-style palace and museum — LeMusée du Louvre in French — sits along the banks of the Seine River in Paris. 

The Louvre’s collection includes Egyptian antiques, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, paintings by the Old Masters, and crown jewels and other artifacts from French nobles. Its works span the sixth century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. More than 35,000 works are on display at any given time. The displays are divided into eight departments:Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints and Drawings and of course the Mona Lisa.

As an artist, I could live in the Louvre, sigh......

Monday, September 22, 2014

Montmartre - Sigh

Street on the way to Montmartre.

First Dinner in Paris
Summer Vacation Part 2
Paris - Montmartre
The first dinner in Paris was in Montmarte. While Montmarte is gentrified and somewhat clean these days, the neighboring areas are a little sketchy. We started at the base of the hill in the village area of the Moulin Rouge and Elysees Montmarte Theatre. Our hopes were to board the "little white train" unfortunately the train driver was not cooperating and we readily convert to plan b - walk the hill and ride the incline. Not a big deal and we got to see the street market. Unbelievable but the prices in this area were not to high. These street stalls were selling everything from household items to art supplies. Arrive early on Saturday morning and you will be amazed to see trucks pull up and dump enormous cardboard boxes onto the sidewalk. Then the workers run out with boxcutters, split the tape seals, and literally dump piles of jeans or sweaters made by Naff Naff or Bennetton or Esprit onto huge wooden sidewalk bins. People go crazy - running - throwing elbows etc. the sight alone is remarkable. 

As we aimed for the big white church as the top of the hill (Basilica of Sacre-Coeur) I imagined the life before us - artist meandering these streets and buildings. At the bottom of the hill is the Boulevard de Clichy which is lined with bars, kebab shops, and more sex shops and peep-shows than you can possibly pretend you are not looking at. 

Look at your map and draw out a triangle, the base of it to be the section of Blvd. de Clichy and Blvd. de Rochechouart between the metro stations Blanche and Anvers. The tip of the triangle would be the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. The area between these three points is roughly the area of interest. 
Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, Montmartre, Paris
Basilica of Sacre-Coeur
Because all the great poets have told us the journey is more important than the destination, I recommend you start at metro (Moulin Rouge) or metro Anvers and gradually enter the "village". This will make it feel more like a pilgrimage toward the place that nurtured most of the great artists and writers living in France this past century. 
Moulin Rouge, Paris
Moulin Rouge

Paris Montmartre view
View from stairs