Tag Archives: acrylic transfers

Drawing – A Process that Starts with a Mark..

I would really like to thank my good friend Deanna Gracie, not only is she a dear friend but a fabulous Jewellery Designer living in South Shore Christchurch … http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog for inspiring me to get back to drawing again ! 

I have a habbit of wherever I go I seem to collect interesting objects… so I have started out to draw some of the interesting things I have collected.

Just a quick tip!  sometimes it is easier to take a photo of what you are drawing to see it in a 2 dimensional way rather than the 3d way we see from our perspective… looking back at these quick sketches I can see lots of things that I needed to do to make them more 3d etc… but must admit haven’t drawn in a very long time… so will be trying to draw one a day for a while and will post on here.. will be interesting to look back and see the improvement over time 😉

Still life drawings

My entrance to the art world started about 36 years ago as a child…. “drawing”.

In those days I didn’t start out by drawing objects or  still life as I now know it, but used to copy from a favourite Walt Disney Book!

I have fond memories sitting for hours upon hours drawing, sketching, rubbing out, sketching some more and then adding colour to my finished sketches.   Then as I started High School I fell in love with the process of Art  and Painting, I painted my way through School, but  life flies by so quickly and as our lives get busier and busier, work, marriage and then family, over time I grew away from painting.  When my children were young around 5 and 10 I picked up a paint brush for the first time in years! and like an old glove I just slipped right back into it!

Who would have thought that sitting at my kitchen table at  7 yrs old nearly 36 years ago would have attributed to my major passion and focus in life today!

Thank you Deanna for 1st being a great friend and 2nd for reminding me of my Art Roots ! and allowing me to return to them for a while and share them with you all!  


Some thoughts…..

Our “Mind” is a funny thing!  I always try to think positively in my life, and try to see good in all situations, not always an easy thing to do !!

I have started up biking again to get fit and shed some unwanted excess pounds !! and I have found that I just love that time to loose myself in my thoughts !  I use this time each morning to help set me up for the day ahead, I feel it centers me and allows me to time to “just B”….

As I was biking this morning a wonderful sentence just came to mind  …

“Nice thoughts – Kind Words” 

 and then when I opened up my little book of Zen Gems tonight, this is the quote that met me!

“Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.

Our life is the creation of our mind.

If one speaks or acts with pure mind,

happiness follows one as his own shadows that never leaves.

(Quote from The DHAMMAPADA)

Art Class – Art Using Mixed Media 3 more people needed !!

Hi all 🙂 my  Art – Using Mixed Media Class starts  Tuesday Night 26th October at Papanui High 7 to 9pm. 

 If you are thinking about joining an art class , learn about colour – tecture and different styles to paint in …then this is the class for you, phone Papanui High continuing education to book your place! 

 To enrol contact Papanui High Continuing Education (03) 3520701

 Because this class is run through Papanui High School and is a community based class it must have 10 students to go ahead!

We have 3 SPACES AVAILABLE! and then the class can run next week, please spread the word if you know anyone that is interested in coming 🙂

cheers Donna

BOOK NOW for your spot in my latest Art Workshop!

LATEST WORKSHOP – Saturday 6th November 10am to 2pm

Book Now – Please note limited places available




Explore a wide range of GOLDEN Products, Open Acrylic, Heavy Body, Fluid and Airbrush Paints, Soft Gel Gloss Medium, Regular Gel Medium, Clear Tar Gel, Glass Bead, Coarse Pumice Gel, Fibre Paste and Crackle Paste.

We will look at and experiment with the differences between paints, mediums, additives, gesso and grounds, and experiment with colour.

Learn how to create acrylic skins and transfers while working with different mediums and grounds, plus learn a whole new range of exciting techniques.

You will grow in confidence as yu learn product knowledge and different techniques to create your own unique works of art!

VENUE:  Avice Hill Arts & Crafts Centre, Avice Hill Reserve,      395 Memorial Avenue, Avonhead, Christchurch

DATE & TIME:  Saturday 6th November 2010, 10am to 2pm (Please bring lunch, Tea and Coffee provided)

WORKSHOP FEE:  $40.00 (Material list available on enrolment) (Limited numbers)

For Bookings or more Information

Please contact me here : donnasteel1@xtra.co.nz or ph:03 3599125  Mobile: 027 5070 426

Art Workshop Venue & a little insight into what we will be experimenting with

New Photomontage… step by step photo progression …

This is one of my own photographs, and will be used as the Background for my next Photomontage


Original Photomontage


Photocopy of Montage using copies of my own artwork and photos


Photocopy of montage- layered with Golden's Polymer Medium(Gloss)

What you can do with Acrylic Transfers…



This artwork is still in the early stages… just wanted to show you, what the acrylic skin looks like once placed on a substrate like a canvas… 😉 will finish this artwork and let you see the changes that it goes through 🙂  



Acrylic Transfers


An Acrylic Transfer is a very simple but effective technique which uses gel mediums and photographs combined to make an interesting image.

Sometimes we have a photograph or image that we would love to use within an artwork, but we cannot us the original for various reasons, this is where this technique can come into play.

An acrylic transfer basically grabs the ink layer of a copied or printed material and embeds it into the acrylic skin or film.


Photographic Image

Photocopies of Photograph

Medium – Gel, liquid or self levelling

  ( I like to use Golden soft gel gloss or Polymer Medium gloss)

Sponge, squeegee, flannel

Shallow basin

Substrate, canvas, tile, wood,

Acrylic paint



1)   You first need to make your acrylic transfer, so to do this you need to apply a layer of acrylic medium over the printed image (usually a photocopy).

2)   Let the medium dry completely. (This may take a few hours up to couple of days).

3)   Once the image is completely dry, we need to remove the paper.  Wet the back of the image and remove the paper. You can do this by rubbing gently with your fingers and thumbs being very careful not to remove the ink of the acrylic skin that is left. There maybe a little paper left on the acrylic skin, but don’t worry about this, as once you adhere the skin to your painting you will not see the paper.

4)  Set the transfer aside to dry completely.


Photomontage turned into an Acrylic skin

 This Acrylic skin still needs more of the paper background rubbed off… but this gives you an idea of how it turns out and how thin you can make them… the thickness of the skin is dependent on how much medium you apply to the photocopy… in this case I have only applied a very very small amount of medium as I only wanted the skin to be very thin!