Tag: photography

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 Bull…

I love how anything can be art. You could frame a gum wrapper, hang it on your wall and…boom…art. No one can tell you that something you put in your house doesn’t classify as art, because there are no rules. Art is the wild west of decor. Paintings, fabrics, labels/wrappers, photographs…absolutely anything you decide is art, is art.

The same can’t be said for a lamp or a couch. Those have a specific form and function. You can’t put a bar of soap on the floor and call it a coffee table. It doesn’t work that way. But art is different. So in a sense, the boundaries that confine other things in our homes don’t apply when it comes to how we decorate our spaces.

Take this picture of a bull standing in the desert. Why do I like it? What made me say, “Oh that’s something I’d like in my house?” The answer is: I don’t know. Sometimes you just see something and it makes sense…to you…even if to no one else.

Bulls symbolize passion, transformation, virility, strength and fulfillment. I didn’t know that before I Googled it. Doesn’t matter. I saw this at a thrift shop for $0.99 and was like, “Yup. Mine.”