Canvas Art

Uploaded by MichaelsStores on 11.08.2011

Just look at this great piece of wall art here. It's painting, it's lettering, and I
think there's a photograph in the center, but you know what, Kathy Kromer is
here with us from Michael's and you're going to show us how to make this right?
I sure am, I sure am. It's photo transfer
With packing tape. Packing tape?
Packing tape. Okay, so we're going to start with the background which is just
a canvas that we painted burnt umber. I'm going to teach you how to write into
your canvas, so you can leave your message for everybody.
Okay, now you obviously did the center part already with white, but then you
added color around the edges. Yes. We're going to take a little bit of
extender, or retarder. It's called both. And we're just going to patch-ly paint.
No-- Right. It doesn't have to be precise. You
just kind of want to slap it on. Now you said you dipped it into extender or
retarder also, so that retards the drying? Yes, it gives you a longer open time, so
if you didn't put this on here, the paint would be setting up already and you
would have a hard time scratching it. So you just put
Water-based paint, right? It dries very quickly.
Right. You just start writing in it-- whatever little message that you want
to write. And whatever color is underneath is
going to come right through. Right. And then you just continue that.
You might want to do some patches of white so you have some white writing
come through. And then we have this. All the way around--and then this is
what it looks like when it's complete. When it's all done. Right.
I'm going to take that from you, Kathy. We'll just swap right here.
So this is what it all looks like. And this is the background for our photo. So we
started with a photo right here. Okay, let me pass you those.
Okay, and we just enlarged it on a copier--take this little original photo.
I think I did that 20 years ago. Enlarge that on the photo and then we've taken
markers and colored--just color like you did when you were a little girl. It's
my favorite thing. Hey we color when we're big girls too.
So you can change up the colors --make them make sense or not. It doesn't
matter. Any kind of marker? Could you even use
like a water-based marker? Yes. Then we--here's one that's all
colored. And we're going to take now this one that's finished here and add
packing tape to it. Here, let me hold that for you.
We're just going to lay it across here. Now you also mentioned that you can
enlarge this on a printer. If you're using a home printer, should we test it first
before we do something like this? This was a toner-based, so if you do it
at home, just do it on the small one before you-- so you continue this on
until you get the entire piece covered here.
Okay let me take that from you. Actually, you can just hang it right on
the side right there. Now the trick I learned with this--the
first couple I did I started right in the middle trying to remove the backing
and I tore a big hole in the picture. So I learned that you're better if you start at
the top so you kind of get the feel of what you're doing. This one I've already
started. I'm just going to spray it with a little water. And then you just start to rub.
So you're really just soaking the paper.
on the back of the packing tape, but yet the tape is I guess--
It's transferred. The ink transferred. So whatever kind of printer--we might
want to just try a few first? I know you said you used a toner.
Toner-based, yes. So you just keep doing this until you get it all rolled off.
Now it takes a while, so it's not something to be impatient with. And
then when you've gotten it all off and then think that it's maybe a little
cloudy, you can go back. It's better to do it in a few layers than to try to go all
the way off and--because you'll pull your ink off your tape if you're not careful.
So we keep just wetting and rolling and
wetting and rolling. And just keep doing it and you can see
that it's transparent. That is a really cool technique. You
know what Kathy, let's just hold it forward and you can see that actually --
the color of the table is making the color pop-- The finished one you can see. So you
just work continually until you got all the paper off the back and you're left
with the ink. And so I have this beautiful little photo right here.
That's a really cool effect. And now we're going to take it and
apply it to our canvas. So I think I'll put the gel medium on.
Okay so, do you cover the whole canvas with the gell and just put the photo in
the center and you're just going to cover the canvas--
I'm just going to cover where the photo is going to go. So I'm going to do it
both ways. I'm going to lightly do it here. The biggest problem I think that
people have is they don't get the gel medium covered and then you end up
with bubbles. So if you-- Oh okay, so you have to have a really nice, smooth, even surface. That's right.
And I see you're using a real nice soft brush for that.
I am. Then you're also putting it on the photograph.
It's just to make sure --the only thing
that will make you upset or anybody doing this is that you get bubbles. So,
it's kind of like double insurance that you won't have any bubbles.
Yeah, but if you do then you can probably just lift it up and work it out again.
If you get it right away. Now this, you
probably have a little longer time because of the transparency. So we'll
just put it right on here. Oh Kathy, that is beautiful.
Let me show you one little trick. We'll just take this right here, the little brayer.
Oh and then it'll really smooth it out.
That's a great tip. Well, we're going to take a look at this big piece of wall art
that you have. That is absolutely phenomenal. I love this.
Thank you so much.