Some New Image Transfers

darkfoldsofnightdecalcomanie, image transfer, inks and gesson on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

when beauty dwells
in the dark folds of night
Love comes and finds a heart
entangled in tresses
-Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Decalcomanie:  gesso that gets smooshed flat, then makes a pattern a lot like coral.

Image transfer:  two types; the figure of Aphrodite is a dry gel transfer and the Rumi poem is a clear contact paper transfer. Both transfers were added weeks after the initial inks and gesso play underpainting.  I always have a stack of starts ready to add to.  Aphrodite with her long tresses was a lucky find to pair with Rumi’s tresses!

youngmaninks, gesso, clear contact paper transfer, stamping, on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

Another fun beginning pulled from the stack and paired with Michaelangelo’s David.  I learned from a student, Ken,in my Muse Group that if you crumple the picture before laying it on the contact paper, you get a distressed look to the transfer – an authentic look for an ancient statue!  This young man is confronting the whirlwind of modern life.  Like my two sons, he’s so ready for it. . .and so not.

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