Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Aspens (1)" ($40.00)


"Aspens pierced the landscape with yellow brilliance." As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to focus on the fall landscape with a new technique using photography. We don't have aspens in Central Texas, but we can certainly enjoy them from a distance. This is the first in a series of four. Enjoy!

The first thing to do if you are interested in trying this technique is to print a favorite photo onto Arches Text Wove. It is a lightweight watercolor paper that will feed through your printer. The only problem is that it is too lightweight to receive product like Pouring Medium. So after you have made the print, spray at least 2-3x with Spray Acrylic Coating (Krylon). Moisture will cause the toner to bleed.

The next step is to mount the photo onto a 1/8" Clayboard panel or 1.50" depth Cradled Clayboard. Use Gel Matte Medium to adhere the print and then cover it with wax paper and place it under a book with a rock or brick on top.

In just an hour or so, you will be able to mix up some Pouring Medium with a bit of acrylic. (Fluid Acrylics are best) In this piece I used Titan Buff (Golden) mixed with the medium and poured it over the piece and spread it with a palette knife. It covers the photo with no transparency at this point until you hold it over a paper plate and spray with water, allowing a lot of the paint mixture to drip off. By spraying in a particular area where you want more visibility you can achieve some interesting effects. After allowing to dry overnight, the surface is ready to be prepared for lettering. (Check previous postings for surface preparation) This is something you might want to try or think about. When all is said and done, the photo has a hard film over it which offers complete protection without glass.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.


  1. Very nice, I love the yellow trees! ~s

  2. I love the spiky lettering, and your insights are invaluable. Thank you.