Hi, again from the Studio Lab.
Well last night's experiment is finally complete and I am happy to report a complete success!!!
Picking up where I left off, now that the glass bead gel has completely dried I am ready to apply the Golden Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces. Just a thin coat. This drizzle across the top of the shape is enough to pull down through the entire piece. Following the manufacturer's directions, first apply in one direction. Let dry completely. And then apply in the other direction (let's say down, and then across, make sense?).
During that oh-so-lovely drying time (non porous things don't have the benefit of airflow coming from anywhere but above, so get used to waiting), you can start to work on your digital element of this project. I chose a digital quick page design from Doris Castle's PULSE collection. I flipped the design horizontally, knowing that my foil work would cover up the silouhette's head otherwise. I added word art to the center frame and clipped the whole thing to the shape of my acrylic piece to save on ink.
Now that the piece is completely dry from the second coat of Digital Ground for Non-Porous Surfaces, I need to attach my acrylic page to a carrier sheet, so that it will feed into my printer easily.
Dry adhesives need not apply. Unlike many applications you may have seen, we are printing edge-to-edge. We are printing on a semi-rigid surface that has to bend as it feeds through the printer. We cannot use painter's tape to stick it down. Remember, at the very beginning of this project, I left the protective liner on the back of my acrylic piece? This is the 'why'. Now I can take my Helmar 450 and apply it to the back (smooth, un-artsified side) and drizzle it liberally near the edge and center of my acrylic shape to adhere it to the carrier sheet.
Let it dry – and you have no chance that this puppy is going to jump up and say, 'Hello!' to your print heads. Bend it a bit to test. If you're lucky and have a straight-through feed, such as on many of the Canon large-format printers (which is on my WANT list), then you have no worries. If, however, you have an Epson, you will be feeding it through the back, and it must bend. Be careful. Don't blame me if your lab experiment goes horribly wrong. CAVEAT PRINTER. 🙂
I know I loved making it. I'd like to thank Jenn Mason, and her article in Cloth Paper Scissors "Gifts" for inspiring this experiment in the Studio Lab.
So remember to go pick up a copy of Cloth Paper Scissors "Gifts", for $14.99, it is a collectible, super-sized treasure at 148 pages and can be found at Barnes & Noble or JoAnn's.
What creative techniques and/or projects have you decided to tackle in the new year? How do you plan to take them on? Will you take an instructor-led workshop? Sign up for a course at an art school? Attend a retreat? Or just dig in to your own lab and learn as you go?
I'll append comments from this and yesterday's post for my drawing. Feel free to post your answers here, and I'll pick a winner on New Year's Day, Saturday, January 1st, 2011 right before midnight EST to kick off the start of 2011!