Guest Post by Kara
First up: creative sparks
Second: how-to do tape transfer
I am so glad this film finally came out on dvd. Since getting it over a year ago now, I’ve probably gone back to it 25 times. It is an amazing thing to hear Anais herself talking about living an artFULL life. She talks about the frustrations in Journal 5, the times just prior to everything breaking open for her. I so understand that right now. And then she goes on to tell us that it is more than “demanding” freedom or “fighting” for rights. She says it is about CREATING. Creating your life.
Searching for Debra Winger
Again, another dvd I’ve gone back to countless times. There is something about the epiphany where Winger realizes that Arquette is “using” her as a commodity just as other filmmakers had, but that it is okay and she’s glad to be a part of Arquette’s search thru identity crisis. Something in there moves from competition and commodity to collaboration instead.
And speaking of collaborations:
Add your own fabric leaf! Very interesting project. They are looking for something like 30,000 leaves, so there are spots left for sure. Check it out.
Since this round robin journal is on the topic of self-portrait, I wanted to incorporate some photos. But I did not want to use prints or regular scrapbooking kind of style. So I thought to try transfers. Previously, I’ve done this with Golden Gel Medium which is great, but I sometimes find it difficult to get it totally transparent. So I decided to try packing tape this time!
3) Print out the b&w image on a laser printer.
4) Put clear packing tape over the top of the image.
5) Cut it out to be the size you want.
6) Dab your finger in water and rub on the paper. You are trying to rub away all the white, but the black of the toner will stay on the tape.
7) Once all the white is gone, you are left with the image on clear tape…a transparency. Sometimes mine are sticky enough to just use. But often the toner parts are not sticky any more, so I take out the Gel Medium and use that to adhere it to the piece/paper/canvas or whatever surface you are using.
8) Wa-La! Here are a few I’ve done for the round robin journal so far. These are just a start for me in terms of the pages of this self portrait mail project. I knew I wanted maps for pages. And to start with photos. From here I’ll spend a lot more time altering and layering. But that will be a share for another day!