More art from Carolyn T. Abbott

25 Sep 2012
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Carolyn T. Abbott's beautiful and ethereal work titled "Birches VIII, Summer" uses her paper lamination technique with stunning results.  Above is the full view of the work, and below is a detail, showing the two layers that make up the piece.

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LauraAnn wrote
on 25 Sep 2012 3:30 PM

This technique looks like it could be a wonderful one to try, but I'm finding that the directions in the QA Magazine don't make much sense.  If anyone else tries this technique, please post pictures on your blog because the ones in the magazine really suck!

on 27 Sep 2012 10:22 AM

That is absolutely gorgeous Carolyn!

LauraAnn wrote
on 27 Sep 2012 6:03 PM

Thanks to Kristine at QA, who sent me a link to a local PBS show with Carolyn Abbott showing this technique, it makes more sense.  Carolyn pulls out a second stencil in this video and uses it, however, and I wasn't sure what it was for or how it was made.  Also, are the smaller stencils used made with a thermofax only, or is there another method that can be used for those of us who don't have access to one?  

ejhayes wrote
on 29 Sep 2012 9:39 AM

I'm going to purchase the book mentioned in the article, because I have a feeling I'm missing something. I would love to make it from the magazine article, but the instructions are kind of vague. The results are stunning, so yes I want to try this for sure.

LauraAnn wrote
on 29 Sep 2012 7:08 PM

I also ordered the book mentioned in the article, I think it comes with a DVD too.

wendy ross2 wrote
on 7 Oct 2012 8:18 PM

VERY nice! Reminds me of a birch stand close by. I have photographed it many times thinking 'someday I'll do something' with the subject. What is the size of this work? It looks long.


flyingcolors wrote
on 19 Oct 2012 7:51 AM

The piece is 30 " wide X 80 Inches high and 6 inches deep and mounted on an acrylic bracket.  It is two layers of paper lamination that have also been painted with fabric paints.  I made a long paper lamination stencil using masking tape to block off the area where I wanted the tree trunks to print.  My first lamination of the tree trunks was over painted newspaper want ads.  The second lamination used a thermofax stencil over toner copies of photos of grass to add the green at the bottom of the piece.   The "leaves" were fabric paint lightly stamped with a sea sponge.

maria c. wrote
on 19 Oct 2012 10:41 AM

I'm glad I read the comments; I also had difficulty with the instructions , and would appreciate a link to the PBS program. Thank you . Marian . 


flyingcolors wrote
on 24 Oct 2012 2:19 PM
flyingcolors wrote
on 24 Oct 2012 2:22 PM

The Public Television link is:

episode 320

julesann wrote
on 7 Nov 2012 9:55 AM

This piece is so beautiful!

mokidust wrote
on 19 Jan 2013 8:56 AM

Stunning, just amazing, keep up the good work, keep pushing the envelope!!