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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Altered Images Workshop, August, 2010

Dolores and Michele teamed up to present a workshop on "Altered Images". Michele demonstrated Heat Transfers, using a heat transfer tool to transfer copyright free, black and white photocopy images to paper, wood, and fabric. This is a very easy technique to learn and results in an image that has more of a vintage look to it. 

Michele also demonstrated Packing Tape Transfers with color images from magazines. These transfers result in images that are transparent in places, depending on the original image. The image below has been placed on a window.

They can be glued to contrasting backgrounds that further enhance the image. A good website on Image Transfers and is offered by Art-e-zine, a site based in England.

Dolores then taught us a variety of photo altering techniques. Using a wood burning tool and sandpaper, she removed parts of the photographic inks from the paper allowing her to create her own colors and shapes using watercolors, crayons, oil pastels, or anything else that will color paper. Workshop participants were able to turn mediocre photographs into works of art. A good reference book for many of these techniques is The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery, by Karen Michel.

After the demonstrations our book artists came up with some really creative images. To see these and more, enjoy the slideshow below. If you click on an image in the slideshow, you will be taken to the Picasa website where you can view larger still images or choose a full screen slideshow.

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