Paris on Canvas (part 4)

Hi.  This could very well be the last post on this particular project.  I’m going to try and see if these posts can all be transferred to a page to make it more organized.  Not sure yet how to do this.

text from inkjet printer   

There are likely different ways to approach this challenge of  writing on the prepared canvas.  You’ll see in the left picture above that I used CorelDraw on my computer to print  ink type.  I used this as a guide to hand paint the finished piece on the right. Simply flip the paper over and place it on a backlit window or light box.  You’ll be able to see the lines better so as to trace over them with 2B pencil ( see picture below)

By the way, the  laminate fifties counter top in the pics is not real.  It’s a rag rolling technique I used for a fifty year wedding anniversary set/prop.  I’ll tell you about it sometime.


Above is a good picture of the text taped on lightly with green low tack tape ( to hold it still).  On the right is a not-so-good photo of the results of tracing over the font/words.  The blue arrow and lines are supposed to help you see the area where the ‘print’ was made. You can use a dull point pencil to trace over the words so as not to tear the paper or damage the canvas below.

If you have a better method than please share.

At this point I should tell you that some of the edges did have to be glued down i.e. to the sides of the canvas. So I used some white glue for long term strength but tacked them with a medium heat glue gun .  The font used here was French 111 BT, I do believe. You’ll notice a little jagged edge of paper contrasted with the lower left corner of the monitor.  This was left “popped out’ just for texture and effect.  Happy accident.

I used a small liner brush (script liner sample) dipped in Lamp black paint.  The paint was thinned with water just a teeny bit.  The script will not look perfect since you hand painted it.  Just take your time.  If you make a mistake use some wet paper towel to quickly dab off any mistakes.  Think : “Mistakes are good” and you won’t make any.

Sounds like  we’ll need one last post for the details.  We deserve a break after that anyway.  Next time!! (Final part here)

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