Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fun with Transparencies, Part 2

The other photograph I selected was not of nature like the previous post but a view of buildings from Portmeirion, Wales, which I visited decades ago. The original color image was changed to black & white with increased contrast in Microsoft Word before printing on the transparency.

You can increase possibilities by flipping the transparency around and seeing what is most interesting, unusual, or pleasing. The two versions below show difference within parts of the same painting.

Once I found a perspective I liked, I attached the transparency to the painting with painter's tape (I was lucky to have left a margin) and scanned the new combination.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fun with Transparencies

Last weekend, I was inspired by a photo my friend pinned on Pinterest. I liked the image but wanted to change it up using my own photos without using Photoshop. 

Selecting my photo of the Inniscrone beach in Ireland, I left it in color when printed on the transparency. Then, I auditioned it over already-painted backgrounds in my hand bound Journal of Time.

 Each background evoke different moods.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Commercial Journal Personality

Front cover with my acrylic painting on watercolor paper.

The last journal I used was huge and bulky and I decided to change things up. So, instead of hand binding a mixed paper journal using the sewn-over-tapes method, I bought a blank 8.50" x 11" Cachet Sketchbook and added one of my paintings to the cover. Instant personality! As you can see, I did not cover the spine area so the painting doesn't interfere with opening and closing of the book.

I have long used this sketchbook brand in a smaller size, mainly for writing, before I began painting and bookbinding. 

For me, the limitations are the paper and binding style. 70 lb. paper mainly likes dry media (although I have used acrylics and watercolors sparingly before). And this hard bound spine will not tolerate too many glued-in items before you need to remove pages to keep it from bulging.

The advantages are larger pages and a much more portable journal. I'm finding ways to alter the blank white pages such as cutting parts of a full page away and playing with long-neglected color pencils.

Back cover with the other part of my painting.