I make collages, sometimes they look good and other times I create a mass of ugly.
Using a pattern I am pretty good with fabric painting. I can use chalk and a template and make something pretty good looking. I will cover this in another blog when I work on this type of project. I have some very cool templates to share.
Now saying I am not a good painter is true. But I am very good with my hands or my fingers if you will. I can create some beautiful items with my fingers.
This weekend I had an idea and tried a new project. Through trial and error I learned what to do, what not to do and I am finally pleased with my technique.
Now I need to get some black gesso and make some more. Here is what I did, using my fingers and metallic powder, mica powders and a workable fixative.
I used one of my favorite brand of templates. I didn't get the best photograph of this work. While it isn't perfect, I finally perfected the technique.
Here is my first effort and I learned several things.
- Using workable fixative improves the results, the large pear created the effect I wanted.
- If you don't use great care the metallic and mica powder will color the page where it is unwanted, lower left.
- I experimented on the grapes trying to find the best way to work with the powder and the template. On this template making a hard line with the grapes did not look good. A blurring on lines worked better as you can see with the grapes on the left side of this picture. I experimented with more than one color and shading and learned, what not to do - don't use different colors. Shade brighter from one angle.
- The grapes are too round on this template and I won't be using them in the future. The pears and leaves turn out lovely.
Below is a Christmas Cone tree I made from one of my pieces of art. The art actually turned out pretty well but was on construction paper. I decided to glue the paper to a paper cone I created.
When I get a black canvas and make another 'piece of finger art' I will share with you. I will also try to take pictures of both the steps and my fingers.
Part of crafting is practicing and learning what works and what doesn't. I consider my efforts successful.