Whether you're working on a journal page or a piece of textile art, sometimes you just have to add some text. But that idea is sometimes met with trepidation.
For those of you who are not comfortable writing directly onto a piece of art because you do not like your handwriting or fear "ruining" your artwork, there are other ways to add text without driving yourself crazy.
||Susan Lenart Kazmer has two suggestions ("Text-niques," Fall 2005):
- Print the text you want onto a transparency and then lay the transparency, print-side up, on a toner-ink copier to get a mirror-image copy. Alternatively, you can create your chosen text in a software program such as Photoshop®, make a mirror image, and then print it out. To transfer a toner-based image to your artwork, lay the image face down onto fabric (or even ribbon) and iron using the cotton setting and keeping the iron moving to apply even heat.
- Add text to tissue paper and then adhere the tissue to your art. You can type directly onto tissue with a typewriter (if you can get your hands on one) or put tissue through your printer by taping the tissue to a piece of printer paper for support, and then printing. After you have your chosen text, use matte soft gel medium to adhere the tissue where you want it. Keep in mind that the tissue is very fragile when wet, so handle it very carefully.
These are just a couple of ways to add text to your artwork. Try these, and stand by for more.
P.S. I apologize for missing "Tips on Tuesday" last week but I was in Costa Mesa, California, for CREATE. I got to see and spend some time with lots of artists... and we had tons of fun!
Here's another tip: Don't miss CREATE in Chicago, August 24-28!