Category: My Art

Art History in the Making…

I usually paint with acrylics. I’ve done one mosaic (which took me so long I swore I would never do another) and today I woke up wanting to learn how to do photo transfers. The process entails exactly what it sounds like – taking a photo and transferring it to a canvas, piece of wood, tile, glass…anything you can paint on.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos online and decided to give it a try. There’s only one way to learn and that’s just to go for it.

Step One: I found a couple of photos to experiment with. They can be color or black and white, doesn’t matter. Just make sure they are high resolution.

Step Two: E-mail the pictures to a print/copy shop. I used Staples.

Step Three: Make sure to use Laserjet and not Inkjet printing. Also, get a couple of copies of the image you want to use just in case you mess up. This is trial and error, so it might take a couple tries.

Step Four: Get your materials. I used canvas for my first go-round because it’s a smooth surface and (I figured) the easiest to use. You will also need a gel medium, a paint brush, modge podge (to seal it when it’s done) and a sponge/cloth/spray bottle – basically anything you can use to moisten the finished product with when it’s time to peel the paper off.

Step Five: Watch a YouTube video and follow along. Trust me, you will have questions as you go and having the tutorial as a guide will be immensely helpful.

Step Six: Have fun. Seriously, what’s the point if you aren’t enjoying yourself. Pour a glass of wine and forget about everything else going on in your life.

Here’s my finished product:

My photo transfer of “Seattle at Night” was done on an 11×14 canvas…and even though I messed it up, I still kinda like it. Looks vintage.


The Needle…

In early October of 2015 I went to the Goodwill in Bellevue, WA looking for part of my Halloween costume. As I wandered around the store, my eyes locked on a very large painting learning up against a wall. After some brief negotiations, I was able to secure a final price of $20. I brought the canvas home and spent many hours trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it. Finally, I decided to go buy some gesso (white Italian chalk paint) and make it a blank canvas again, thinking maybe that would inspire me. Still nothing.

Randomly, an idea popped into my head: maybe a mosaic?

“Hmmm, that could be cool,” I thought. I watched a couple of YouTube videos and decided that’s what I was going to do. While all of this contemplation was going on, I also happened to buy a condo in downtown Seattle. A sweet “little” spot on First Hill (and I use “little” in air-quotes because it is literally very small).

The idea was coming together…I would make something for my new house; a housewarming gift to myself, if you will. The vision started coming together and pretty soon I was making progress.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but long story-short here is what the finished product looked like:

Yes, that’s correct: I don’t just buy things I like, I also make them. This is one of the pieces I am probably most proud of ❤