Art Journey's theme this month is 'use a photo'. I've had loads of fun with this one. I printed out a photo from our ski holiday (2011, as I missed this year!!), just onto normal photocopier paper. I covered a large piece of chipboard in the shape of a jigsaw piece with white gesso. I then gave it a coat of acrylic dabber paint in sandal. I outlined it with cloudy blue acrylic paint. I gave it a blast with the heat gun to make sure it was totally dry. I then painted on a very generous coat of Golden soft (matte) gel. You have to be quick as it dries really fast. I put the printed copy face down into the gel and used an old credit card to really smooth it over. After a few seconds I peeled the paper off and voila, the image had transferred. It's not perfect, but I was very happy with the result. I then gave it another coat of the gel. Once dried, which wasn't long, I added a bit more acrylic paint with my fingers to the sky. I stamped on the AJ words, Precious Moments and swiped them over with a bit more paint. I stamped the AJ characters onto a separate piece of card which I'd painted with juniper acrylic paint, cut them out and mounted them onto the jigsaw piece. Finally I added some fibres.
**Apologies for the quality of the photo but it's been raining, thundering and hailing for most of the day, so not good light at all for taking photos!!
Today the sun was out and this photo is a much truer representation of the colours.