Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saral Transfer Paper

saral transfer paperKatherine from Making a Mark asked me in the comments section of my last post how do I transfer my drawings to my support. I thought why not make a post about it in more depth to the reply that I gave Katherine.

This work in progress is the third drawing that I had prepared for my artist in residence stint at Wilpena Pound a few weeks back, which I ended up not using due to running out of time. Because I wanted a detailed drawing so that I didn't have to concentrate so much with so many tourist looking over my shoulder, the Saral transfer paper is ideal. One thing I have found out though is to make sure a light hand is used when transferring the drawing onto AS Colourfix paper or the lines can be hard to cover with pastel. I found this to be the case with any method of transferring a drawing because I believe I dent the paper slightly or break down the grit with the marks that I make.

There are two other ways I transfer as well by making my own 'carbon paper'.
  1. Tape drawing to a window with the drawing faced against the glass. With vine charcoal, trace all lines that I can see that is showing through from the light behind the drawing. Remove drawing from window then face the charcoal side down onto the AS Colourfix paper and proceed to redraw the drawing so that the image transfers.

  2. This last one is the method I use the most but perhaps not as ideal for a lot of detail to be transfered. I have a large sheet of paper and rub pastel dust that has fallen into the gutter at the base of a previous painting onto it. This makes a nice carbon although it can be rather messy. I do like the grey tones for the transfered drawing and find them easier to cover if I am using pastels in a particular area lightly.
Getting back to the Saral transfer paper, it can be used again and again. There are five colours.
  • Graphite
  • White
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red
For the artist that works with a great deal of detail and strives for realism, I can truly recommend this product to them.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Water Course, Wilpena Creek WIP two

Installment two of this work in progress after a long busy period in my life then to end with the worse bout of illness that I have ever had for a very long time. Anyway moving on from what is past, this pastel is now coming along nicely.

It is funny how you see things wrong when an image of ones work is put up on a monitor. That distant flat middle ground in front of the hills needs to have the values checked. Something does not 'mesh' there and I will let you know what I end up doing if I adjust it.

Yes you do see a little pool of water. I don't think I will place a lot of water in the bottom of the creek, just a hint of moisture to give some interest to the composition.

Until next time, take care!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Launching ImageKind

What a shock
, two posts in one day lol! Well I did think launching my prints with ImageKind deserved its own post wink. Much to my own surprise I have already sold two so you can imagine I am as happy as a pig in mud.

If you are reading this in a feed reader it would be good if you visit my blog to see what I am talking about. You will see two additional items in my column that gives you easy access to my available prints at ImageKind. If you love my latest work and wish to buy a print, you only need to click once on the top ImageKind button in the column and you then can make your choice of print size and even have it matted and framed if you wish. Now how easy is that! biggrin

You don't like the recently finished painting; well you can also choose to click on an image in the second banner at my blog and take a closer look at the details about the artwork or even choose to "buy my artwork" to see all of the prints on offer.

I am not sure if my blog will be slower in loading with these extra widgets, so please let me know if it is the case and annoys you. I can always revamp how I display some of the other items that I have further down the column.

idea Don't forget, Christmas is just around the corner and framed prints do make a lovely gift.

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Timeless Land, Melrose

Timeless Land, MelroseTimeless Land, Melrose
Approx 34cm x 48cm

Pastel on burgundy Colourfix Paper
Copyright Susan Borgas


This is the second painting that I had promised to show you. It is of my recent work in residence at Wilpena Pound.

After a workout yesterday (puff puff) wrapping the framed painting safely for the post, it was sent off for a destination interstate today.

As you can see the work is a little different to what I have done in the past yet it is still all about my beloved eucalyptus trees that I do so much enjoy working with.

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