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« on: July 01, 2009 03:58:27 PM »

This one is inspired by the Death Cab for Cutie song of the same name.  Itís done on a thrift-store canvas that had a little painting of a cowboy and a bear (?) thing on itÖagain, wasnít my style but was definitely my price.  Plus, it was stretched SO tightly and is gallery-style, with the staples on the back; it would've been silly not to snap it up!  

I used up some booklets from my vintage sheet music stash (a yellowed concerto and a still-white clarinet piece, both from the 1950ís), two huge sheets of tracing paper, and acrylics/acrylic gels; I then set to work writing out the lyrics to the song.  

I donít have before pictures, but hereís a closeup of the result:

Hereís the painting in its entirety.

Here it is, from the side.

And hereís a closeup of the sheet music through the tracing paper.

Hereís the process, if youíre interested:
1.  Cut sheet music into strips and adhere in desired pattern onto painting surface (canvas, board, etc.)  Use ModPodge or acrylic gel medium.
2.  Get enough sheets of tracing paper (I used two huge ones) and use Sharpie markers to write whatever you want on it.
3.  Stick the tracing paper onto the sheet music, again using lots of gel-type glue.
4.  Let this dry.  Itíll wrinkle a bit; thatís why you did the writing before you stuck it onto the surface!
5.  Paint whatever you want onto the tracing paper.  I used acrylics that were mixed with medium weight gel in order to increase their transparency, but you could use whatever you want.  Repeat layers as many times as you want.
6.  Paint over the entire thing with your clear gel, and seal it!  Done!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009 06:17:01 PM »

I like the concept of this work. I would suggest adding more emphasis on parts of the design to make it more cohesive; for instance, making the silhouette of the bird more distinct or using the yellow accented in other parts of the work.

« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009 08:34:54 PM »

Thats pretty cool, thank you for writing out your process... 
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009 07:36:45 PM »

I love this! That is one of my favorite Death Cab songs of all time.

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