Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tissue paper transfer…….

 

What’s on my work desk this Wednesday is a quick tip on the usefulness of using tissue paper for a transfer.

When it comes to my artwork, I am often not much of a planner.  I love to make backgrounds, so that’s where I start…..what I’m going to do with that background remains a mystery!

When I’m liking the the background, I start trying to figure out the foreground, hmmm I don’t think that is the recommended method…..but, oh well!  The piece I just finished was no exception.

Loved the turquoise, yellow, touch of orange background….why not, those are the colors I ALWAYS use!  So, now what to do…..I spied some die cut butterflies on my desk, I traced around them on an old book page, cut them out and glued them onto my background.  I added some more details but I had this big open space that needed something…..what to do, what to do?

I know, I was playing around the other night sketching a woman’s face….I’ll use that!

IMG_1480 Since I never plan ahead, I had used heavy watercolor paper to paint this on and it was too thick to cut out and just glue it onto the background at this point because I would not have been able to blend the edges into the page.

I had just bought some Transfer Artist Paper but if I used that the image would face the other way…..it had to face the same direction as the original…..what to do, what to do?

I know, I’ll make a tissue paper transfer.  Easy peasy, really!  Just cut a piece of white tissues paper and a piece of freezer paper to 8 1/2 by 11”.  Heat up the iron, iron the tissue to the freezer paper and run it through your printer.  Wait, you say, it will still face the other way…..oh, no, my pretties…..you glue it down with the back side up!  It is tissue paper….and very transparent, so it doesn't matter which side is up!  Yeah!  Problem solved.

IMG_1495 If, I had planned this out….I would not have used that many butterflies but otherwise it’s O.K.!  It’s good to exercise your problem solving skills!

Come with me to visit the many talented folks who are willing to share their work desk and their talents with us at Julia's Stamping Ground.

30 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I would never have guessed that is how you make a tissue paper transfer. Really nice face and great transfer, too. I like how you showed your technique. Thanks for taking the time to inform us.

Neet said...

What a transformation - from the first movement of a drawing to the finished product. Love it. Must try to do something like this myself.
Thanks for sharing and the inspiration - Hugs, Neet #1

The Crafty Elf said...

Wow....fantastic! Never mind the tissue paper look at your picture! Now, back to the tissue paper transfer...awesome, really well done! Some time the best plans are no plans at all. This is really beautiful! I love it!

RosA said...

Love your collage. Don't think there are too many butterflies. Happy WOYWW from #13

Cathy said...

Gorgeous creation and I love those butterflies and the colours.
Happy WOYWW
Cathy xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Your lovely lady sits very well in that piece, surrounded by lovely colours and beautiful butterlies!
Hugs, LLJ #41

Neil said...

Great picture, thanks for sharing the progress

Julia Dunnit said...

What a wonderful result! So lovely. I always start with the main image, so your method is fascinating to me.

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Nice tip worked really well. What is freezer paper?

Bridget Larsen said...

Bridget #28 very interesting collage

Marilyn Rock said...

This is so beautiful - the background with your beautiful woman! Yes; the tissue paper transfer is one of my faves! xxoo

Sunshine Girl said...

Great artwork - I always prefer to plan the background first too - what goes on top always takes me forever to do! (No. 34)

Angie said...

Wow ...love the end result ....an interesting technique to solve your problem ....must go back and re read it ...might help it stay in my seive like brain.xx

Elfcrafts said...

Your project is looking beautiful, I love the butterflies xx

Dianne said...

brilliant! I've not heard of the tissue paper transfer before...your page turned out beautifully.

famfa said...

Just lovely. Beautiful work

fairyrocks said...

FANTASTIC work!! Thanks for the walk through on your creative process. Stunning end result.
Keep smiling and creating

butlersabroad said...

I can't believe how well the transfer on tissue paper came out, could almost be the original. And I like the butterflies, not too many in my mind.

Hugs
Brenda 86

jo said...

Fantastic!!
Jo x
#112

Shoshi said...

That's great! Good technique, too. I'm another one that loves creating backgrounds but can't always think what to put on them! What I'd really like to be is the sort of person who sees the picture as a whole, and not as background and foreground. Got to work on that one!!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #97

Robin Panzer Art said...

Not only a beautiful piece of art but a really, really useful tip! Thank You! ~#118 WOYWW Robin Panzer Art Studio 33 Happy WOYWW

Robin Panzer Art said...

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Elizabeth said...

Great picture and thanks for telling how you did it ... I would never have known that you could do that with tissue paper. Elizabeth x #55

elle said...

BRILLIANT! This is an incredibly smart thing to do! Luv it!

L00py's Craft Creations said...

love the technique, so like mine lol, just one question? what is Freezer paper? never heard of it, will have to google and see thansk for the tips, xx

Lou P #124

Marjo said...

Gorgeous result, isn't tissue paper just aswesome! Thanks for the peek and sharing.

xoxo Marjo

Karen said...

I'm going to have to bookmark this post for future reference, true genius with the tissue paper.

amy said...

wait. whoa. i'm going to try this.

i've never ironed tissue paper to freezer paper.
xx
a

Julie said...

What an amazing technique! I love hearing how you do things...which directions you go, and what comes next, etc. This peice turned out really great!

bohemiannie! art said...

How cool is that?!? I'm not a planner either so I know JUST what you mean...but you sure do know how to 'make it work'!