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Let me say first that I still feel like a beginner at well, everything mixed-media, so if you are reading this and know of better, easier ways of working with transparencies please leave a comment and I will post it. Let us all grow with each other's help. :)
OK, I started out with 3M Transparency Film for Inkjets. Make sure to load the paper correctly into your printer. There is only one printable side and it is the textured side.
Jen Osborn, in my mind she is known as the Queen of Transparencies!------(I first became interested in transparencies after reading her article in Somerset Workshop 2. Her work is amazing---you have to check it out and she has an etsy shop too!) at Identity Seven was sweet enough to give me some advice when I posed a question on Flickr. She suggested letting the transparency "cure" for a week before using.
This is difficult being the impatient one that I am but if she says it is best I am going with it. So, you can either start with a purchased transparency or scan your fave photos and print them yourself. I chose to print a page myself.
Before I print my page I flip the images horizontally so they will be correct when I am working on them. If not everything will be backwards. (remember to let film cure---i am using a sheet i printed a week or so ago)
I like the look you get when you burn the edges. Just be careful. Sometimes the edges catch on fire--I just quickly blow them out---you could let them burn more for an even more aged look. I find when the edges get very burnt they curl and I have a harder time sewing the image without it getting all warpy. i am sure this could be done and would look really cool. i just haven't been successful yet. :)
After I burned the edges I chose a background paper. This time I chose a solid white cardstock and I cut it to the size of the transparency. Try experimenting with different papers.
Next for me comes a bit of hand stitching. I like to use embroidery thread. I separate the strands and I have found that using two or three of the strands works best for me. Sometimes if my paper is thin enough I can hold the transparency up to the light and get good placement of my needle. I use the hand stitching not only for decoration but to even further prevent the buckling that sometimes happens when I do the machine stitching.
The moment I chose pink for the thread I knew this piece was headed in a direction I hadn't planned. Funny how that happens...I just try to go with it. I put my usual red and green papers away and looked for some that would go with the pink thread. I only knew I wanted to layer some papers underneath. (Quickly I painted a watercolor paper (5 x 7) with pink paint and used a heat gun on it. Normally I reach for a watercolor paper already painted. I have a stash I keep handy. I didn't have any pinks ready though.)
For me the next step has been going to the machine for some more stitching. You don't have to do this. You could do all hand stitching or you could attach the transparency another way like by stapling or by taping---I was thinking electrical tape might be cool...or eyelets...can you think of other ways?
I stamped a bit on the watercolor paper. Next, I adhered the tranparency piece to the watercolor paper using a permanent glue stick.
I added some text using stamps, spelling out the words "Sweetie Pies." I made a nest of sorts with tiny paper scraps and a piece of thread. A birdie was placed on top to whisper sweetly in the little girl's ear. And of course her string needed a heart for the top. I also added a few white dots along the edge of her dress with white paint and some hand stitched x's at the corners.
Because somewhere along the way I decided I was making this piece for the upstairs bathroom (aka: the girlie girl bathroom that will soon be painted something other than the awful tan that it is now) I thought it best to adhere the piece to a pink painted canvas for quick and easy hanging. I added a sheet of sheet music, some flowers, a few more hearts a piece of vintage jewelry and some string. A new thing for me---I attached a ribbon around the edge to finish it off. I love the look the ribbon gives it and will definitely do this again.My plan was to show the steps of both images. I will save the second transparency for tomorrow. Blogger hasn't been cooperating with me tonight. :)
I hoped this helped a bit and again please comment if you have any tips/advice to add.
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