Transparently Collaged: Ghost It

The oh-so-prolific mixed-media artists Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson share a image transfer technique perfect for creating ghostly images in your collages. Give it a try! (This tutorial was previously published in the book Mixed Media Revolution by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, copyright 2012; republished here courtesy of createmixedmedia.com.) Oh, for a pair of rose-colored glasses to make the world  appear more saturated. A subtle hint of color, the glimpse of an image or a slight shift in hue: These little things can make your piece of art sing. Our gift to you is your own pair of rose-colored glasses. (For a full photographic step-by-step demonstration on making and using waterslide decals, click here.)

1. Spray a ghost transparency (an inkjet transparency that you’ve already used as a transfer) with a workable fixative.

2. Add a glaze to a piece of Plexiglas.

3. Adhere your transparency to the Plexiglas with either gel or adhesive spray or film.

4. Seal the transparency by brushing a layer of gel over the top of it.

5. Add another transfer to the back side of the Plexi. Here I used a waterslide decal.

6. Brush over the surface of this transfer to remove any bubbles.

7. To add metallic leaf to the back of the piece, first spray the piece with adhesive.

8. Lay the leaf over the fixative and press to adhere.

9. Peel the backing paper off the leaf.

10. Notice the difference between the right side and the left side (which is not leafed).

11. For added texture, stamp some paint on the front of the piece. You can stamp paint on the back of the piece but you have to do it before the leaf is added.

More Ideas: • You could substitute any number of transfer techniques in this project. The paper transparency transfer featured in Image Transfer Workshop would be a particularly good alternative. • For covering over the transparencies, we used gloss gel. If you use gloss gel, lightly sand the Plexi first to ensure better adhesion. • If you’d like your image to appear even more ghostly or diffused, be sure to use matte gel instead of a gloss gel. • Be sure to save those little bits and pieces and edges left over from making a waterslide decal. You can use them From Mixed Media Revolution by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, 2012; courtesy of www.createmixedmedia.com. To learn more about or purchase Mixed Media Revolution by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson, click here. Get an inside look at the lives of Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson by reading their artist profiles.       Also by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson: Image Transfer Workshop           Surface Treatment Workshop  

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