Mixed Media: Focus on Image Transfer Techniques

Discover exciting new ways to add texture and mystery to painterly compositions with a variety of image transfer techniques. Drawing on varied sources such as personal snapshots, found images or old family photographs, students will learn how to skillfully blend these images into a painterly surface, creating expressive and evocative compositions. Emphasis will be placed on class demonstrations combined with individualized instruction as students become proficient with each technique.

Day 1 :

Hour 1 :

  1. Introduction to image transfer.

Workshop goals and expectations.

  1. Demonstration of Wintergreen Oil technique on pre-painted under painting on 12X12 panel. Students follow with handout.

*Discuss under painting (light/warm colors are best to begin with – orange/tan/yellow – use of line and demarcation.
*Type of copy used (basic black and white xerox-carbon ink-no inkjet-no actual photo). Reverse image.
*Other materials needed (burnishing tool, wintergreen oil, soft cloth, masking tape.)
*Placing the copy – Masking tape for registration.
*Application of oil-separating paper from surface-work in roughly 5×5 sections.
*Burnishing – Multi-directions – Cut off section when finished.

  1. Discuss image creation (using my demo as example)

*Importance of high contrast to distinguish features. Deep blacks and plenty of white areas to allow paint underneath to show through.
*What is white in the image becomes the color underneath it. Transparency. What is black blocks color underneath.
*Transparency and the blending of image with paint creates the magic trick. Just enough dark tone to define the image are needed.

  1. Students begin using provided images to practice the wintergreen oil technique.

Hour 2 :

  1. Students continue practice of wintergreen oil technique (with instructor assistance) and begin to prepare their 12X12 panel with an underpainting.

Hour 3 :

  1. Students finish under painting on their 12X12 panel (with instructors suggestions and assistance) and begin to incorporate image transfer.

*Make certain under painting is COMPLETELY DRY (use hair dryer) before beginning transfer.

Hour 4 :

  1. Students work on 12X12 panel with instructor guidance and assistance.
  2. During final 20 minutes of the day : field trip to IP Gallery to locate and discuss ways in which the Wintergreen oil transfer was used in the exhibition’s paintings.

 

Day 2 :

Hour 1 :

  1. Building upon the panel created in the previous instructor’s demonstration (wintergreen oil), three additional techniques will be briefly introduced during this first hour.

*Gel Transfer, Silk Tissue Transfer, Transparency Transfer. Student Handouts.
*Unlike the use of Wintergreen Oil, these techniques allow the use of color imagery.
*Briefly describe/demo how each image is prepared.
*Discuss types of ink used (see chart handout)
*Note that the importance of high contrast and plenty of white space (to allow imagery underneath to show through) remains a constant with each technique.
*Note that all of these processes may be used on top of one another, interchangeably, as well as painted on top of … LAYERING, LAYERING … CREATES THE MAGIC.

Hour 2 :

  1. Students continue work on final 12X12 workshop painting with instructor assistance and input. Pre-prepared example imagery will be provided to incorporate techniques used in this day’s demo if the students would like to try these in their final paintings.

Hour 3 :

  1. Students continue work on final 12X12 workshop painting with instructor assistance and input. Pre-prepared example imagery will be provided to incorporate techniques used in this days demo if the students would like to try these in their final paintings.

Hour 4 :

  1. Students complete final 12X12 painting for the workshop.
  2. Take a moment for students to step around the room and see the completed accomplishments of other students.
  3. Time Permitting : Quick and brief demonstration of resin coating (clear shine finish)
  4. Time Permitting : field trip over to the IP Gallery to identify use of gel transfer, silk tissue transfer and transparency transfer in the exhibition. Take note that visually, the techniques sometimes yield similar results and therefore the method chosen is often a personal preference.

Mixed Media: Focus on Image Transfer Techniques
  • October 27, 2017 to October 28, 2017
  • Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education
  • Members $115, non-members $125
  • Recurring daily