Art is About Experimenting!

That is what my friend told me Monday while we were playing with some of the techniques from Creative JumpStart Summit 2013.   I have been experimenting with my Maya Road canvas banner for nearly a week.   This is the results with so many lessons learned along with it.

(click on any photo for details)

The main technique I used was that of transferring imagines.  I used Claudine Hellmuth's slow dry medium (or you can use clear Gesso) and her technique of transfer.

The effect I was going for was to merge two images.  The background is a copy of one of my favorite artists, Monet.  The next layer is one of my granddaughters.  I was wanting to get the effect of my grand girls hiding in a field of flowers.  Okay....I learned a lot.  Creative JumpStart's video did not teach the project but rather the techniques.

1.  Primed the Maya Road canvas banner with Gesso.
2.  Transferred the field of flowers background.  Let it totally dry before adding the next image.
3.  Carefully transfer the image of the grand girl.
Lesson:  use a larger profile image.  I think the details will be clearer and more distinct.

(this one was my first and did not work at as is about experimenting)

After all that I just added touches of Gesso.  I stamped words and images with Gesso, paint, and Stazon ink.

I used the following techniques from Creative JumpStart Summit 2013:
Transfer - Claudine Hellmuth
Stamping with Gesso - Nathalie Kalback
Seed Beads - Anna Björklund
Splatters with Mist - Janna Werners
Felt/sewing - Revlie Schuit
Layering - Maya Road
Watercolor - Catherine Scanlon

Thank you Prima!  The first four banners have Prima's newest release of flowers that I won during their CHA Winter Sneak Peek.

Other Ingredients:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Baseboard Mist; Delta Acyrlic Paints, Prima flowers and bling, Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Inkadinkado, Fiskars, Heidi Swapp stamps, Ranger Archival Ink, Stazon Ink,  and Butterfly Outline Stickers by Mark Richards.

Thanks for checking out my experimenting with Experience in Art!

Have an Artsy Crafty Day!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Debby!

  2. Beautiful Debby! Love all of the soft colors. Just beautiful and yes, it looks fun! :)

  3. Love it! The pastel colors are so pretty.

  4. It's a shame the pictures didn't come out as clear as you wanted them to, but it looks really beautiful and romantic. x

  5. Beautifully done!

  6. Holy cow! You are amazing and so is this banner!!


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