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.
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!
That is absolutely gorgeous Carolyn!
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?
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.
I also ordered the book mentioned in the article, I think it comes with a DVD too.
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.
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.
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 .
The Public Television link is:
This piece is so beautiful!
Stunning, just amazing, keep up the good work, keep pushing the envelope!!