This is what Julie Fei-Fan Balzer says about the challenge:
- Every few weeks we will issue a challenge (just something to spark some creativity - sometimes starting without a prompt can be very intimidating).
- Your assignment is to take that challenge and make some art.
- Here's the most important part: at some point you need to "take it to the second floor." What does that mean? It means trying something vastly out of your comfort zone. Doing something that might not work. Experimenting with a crazy idea. It's all about pushing yourself. If it works, awesome. If it doesn't work, awesome!
Did you catch that part about "If it doesn't work, awesome!" ? Remember this as I go on.
The first challenge is to use gold acrylic paint. Sounds easy but seriously, the paint is ugly.
I decided to go to the books I already have to find a project. I opened up my Collage Discovery Workshop book by Claudine Hellmuth. I found a cool project that uses Vaseline and paint.
So I started with these old 70s plaques and put some paper on the back and a photo.
I don't have a pic with the images on them but next I coated the paper with some gel medium and let it dry.
Then I covered parts of the picture with vaseline. Then came the gold paint.
When the paint drys you wipe off the vaseline and the paint come off those spots.
No likee!!!!!!! I wish I didn't waste those two images. Then I tried to wash off the vaseline so I could try again and I totally destroyed that second image with the little girl. I was done with that attempt. I'll try again someday without gold paint
I remembered a transfer method I saw on Jewels' blog Just Tickety-Boo . She got the idea from a book called Image Transfer Workshop by Darlene Olivia McElroy. I haven't read the book but Jewels painted an image and then painted a background and smooshed them together (giving the short version) and let them dry. Then she wet the image and rubbed it off. Cool! I'll do that with gold paint.
Not cool! I used an old pattern envelope and I can't get to the image without rubbing it completely off. Too bad, that would have been neat. Maybe I used the wrong kind of image.
Maybe I should have bought the book and read how to do it properly. Tee hee!
So to get this challenge finished I just decided to do a collage and used some gold paint as a stencil.
Now I'm supposed to share the things I learned.
- I don't care for gold paint. Actually I knew that already.
- I learned that trying new things is good and I shouldn't get upset when the new thing doesn't work. How else do you learn?
- I need to enjoy the process even if the experimenting doesn't turn out pretty. The joy should be in the creating and not felt only when you love what you made.
Have a creative week and give the challenge a try!!!