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Here is a great trick I learned from my Great Aunt, I try to make a couple of these a year, and always get a lot of questions about hows it done, so heres a rundown.
This is not only a great spin to add to digital prints and paintings, but also a way for you to recycle damaged art- anytime I rip a print, it goes into my damaged/paper tole drawer to be reused!
• The technique is dirt simple but takes some patience.
• Paper tole- starts with several copies/prints of the same picture. Make sure it's thinner paper or you'll kill your wrist
• Using an xacto knife, you carefully cut out big elements from the piece, then smaller and smaller. I only go 3 layers, but people who are really good at this cut 7-8 layers.
• Then, you paste the big element back onto a clean version using a thick glue, then the smaller on top, and even smaller on top of that. I use clear silicone normally used for bathroom and kitchen projects (see attached picture) it dries thick and clear, giving a nice gap between your layers.
• If you want a really large gap between the layers, I use a type of packing foam I've gotten from various products and cut out small slivers/pieces (it lasts forever, so I have no idea where it originated).
• Make sure you have wine to keep your hand steady. I'm not nearly as good as my great Aunt and Grandma (who taught me) but my messy style makes up for the less than exact cutting.
Not sure where to start with how the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo went this year... Splendidly epic.
To kick things off, they used my Cassie and Tonk artbook submission as a aisle banner, completely unknown to me, so day one of the show I suddenly stumbled upon my own original characters printed the size of truck. The best. It will be used at the con every year from now on (I tried to buy it from them, but they like it too much, haha)
I've never had so many return customers, almost everyone had visited the booth in years past, and was hungry for this years new pieces. One of the best con crowds an artist could hope for.
After a dozen or so customers took my ninja turtles pieces to the voice cast to sign, I was informed the actors wanted their own copies, I promptly sprinted across the halls and had the opportunity to meet the entire voice cast my fav childhood show! All really nice dudes. Cowabunga.
So ya, amazing show, great attendees, hauntingly great meals. I'll be back next year with more stuff than you can shake a stick at!