Newspaper Transfer Technique*
©2008 Wendy Klassen
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|1. Paint a small patch of gesso onto the watercolour
paper. I usually do a 2"x2"square or triangle. Use enough gesso
that it won't dry immediately, but don't put it on too thick, either.
The good old trial-and-error method will show you how much is too
||2. Lay the newspaper over the painted patch, and rub
gently to ensure full contact with the gesso. Leave in place for
a slow count of 10-15. Again, trial and error will show you how
much time you need.
||3.Slowly peel back the newspaper. If you've done it
right, you will see a mirror-image of the text left behind on the
If you've inadvertently left the newspaper on too long, some of
the paper may be left adhering to the gesso when you pull the newspaper
back. This is not a problem. It absorbs the paint differently than
the rest of it, and looks interesting. Remember, there are no mistakes
here, only opportunities :)
|4. Repeat the above steps till the entire surface
is covered with print/gesso. Remember to rotate the newspaper each
time for visual interest. Also, try to use various sizes of fonts
(headlines or ads, for example). Pictures usually look interesting
Let it dry for a while (although, if it's still damp in spots when
you start painting, that gives an interesting effect too...)
5. Time to get out the paints. For this one, I used pthalo blue
(red hue), quinacridone crimson, transparent yellow oxide, burnt
umber (light) and iridescent copper light (fine). Also a nice
big paint brush.
Dilute a blob of paint with a lot of water. You want a very translucent
coat of paint, so you can still see the newsprinting through it.
Start painting! Leave plenty of white space on your first coat,
so the other colours can glow through.
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