Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 19 of the 31 Days of Halloween

This project was done because like most every one else, I've been wowed by the fabulous things that the various artists have been doing over at Leigh's Domino Sharpie Queen blog. I had actually played with dominos the first time I saw them used for stamping, collected several of the tins of tiles and I guess not been quite as inspired by my own work with them. So I wanted to think of something unusual and, love it or hate it, I think you'll agree it's different.



My main image is Rick St. Dennis' fortune teller, Esmeralda. I ended up transferring her to the dominos using the old  method of rubbing the back of an image with pencil. While it was pretty successful, her chin got caught in a crack - OUCH - and she did end up looking like she'd been sipping out of Alice's bottle. Sorry, Rick! I made the tray out of polymer clay -  to my great dismay it shrinks a little!!! I painted her with alcohol inks straight from the bottles and drew the lines with India ink. It turns out that the ink needs fxative and in my limited trials I have not found a product that will dry on the dominos and not lift the alcohol ink. I think Leigh may have said dimensional sealer but I don't have that in my arsenal. It will be added to my shopping list of all of the products that the Wicked Bloggers are teaching me about! And I thought the studio was already crammed.

The hop continues over at Lisa's blog and if you're lost, click on Terra's link at the top of the blogroll and she will set you out on an amazing journey of viewing magical Halloween art! Thank you for all of the lovely comments you've left me!!

19 comments:

Rick St. Dennis said...

Its fabulous-what fun and you did a smashing job of it!!!!If you can find it you might try Americana Spray Finisher sealer by Deco Art-matte finish-it works on glass so it should work on the dominos-the alcohol ink is the IFFY bit-good luck

Pam Schmidt said...

Absolutely fantastic. Gutsy to stamp one image on multiple tiles. I may have to just try it now. Thank you for the inspiration.

Jane said...

wow awesome love it
hugs xxx

Ally White Cat said...

isn't this image catching? I just love what you did here! How fun I never would have thought of this just awesome!
hugs,
susan s.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Oh wow this is lovely and such a wonderful idea, the image and colours are beautiful
Lindsay xx

Kristina said...

Sharon,
I am so wowed and amazed! You did the most wonderful job on painting your image! First off I have never heard of "using the old method of rubbing the back of an image with pencil." I am so going to check into that! I have not heard of "India ink" either. Man, I guess I need to get out more! But I do know that polymer clay does shrink a little. But it looks as if your dominoes still fit in the box you made! I love that added swirl w/ the bubbles, and how you shaded the colors, super job on that too! I am just so amazed on how beautiful this turned out even your words "Hocus Pocus" turned out perfect! Wow!
Peace,
Kristy

DonnaMundinger said...

I'm in absolute AWE! I'm wondering about the rubbing the image with a pencil, too. Obviously India Ink is something only we oldies know about. LOL Utterly FABULOUS work! xxD

Alison said...

WOW!!! This is so cool! What an awesome idea! And your coloring is so beautiful. I totally love this project.

Julia said...

This is awesone! Gorgeous colors.
Hugs,
Julia

silvia said...

FABULOUS Domino puzzle!!!

~Lady B~ said...

AMAZING ART!!! I love everything...the bright colors, the image over multiple tiles, the clay tray! Wow! I'm at a loss for words!

Perhaps you can stamp over the dominoes with clear embossing ink and apply clear embossing powder and heat-set the dominoes? Modpodge may work, but that drys tacky in my opinion. I'm not sure if glossy accents or diamond glaze will work, but it's worth looking into. I would avoid the spray varnish as I think it would make the alcohol ink smear.

For transferring an image to dominoes, some people tape tissue paper to cardstock and feed it through the printer...then cut to size and apply to the domino with modpodge.

There is a blue transfer paper you can buy, but I don't remember the name. You would still need to trace the lines of the image, but you wouldn't need to rub pencil over the back of the paper.

When you find the proper solution to sealing your dominoes, let us know please. I definitely want to give this project a try!

Candace Jedrowicz said...

Well I love it! Fabulous construction! The colors are so eye popping!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Absolutely fantastic! You did an amazing job all round! I'm thrilled my DominoART and my various artists have inspired you to create such a great piece! My favorite go to sealer is Judikins Diamond glaze and also Deco Art Triple Thick. You need to apply it fairly quickly and don't play with it to help prevent the inks from thinking of lifting. Krylon sprays are also a favorite but you must use Artists workable fixative first. Very fine mistings is the key. Spray too heavy and everything will bleed. Mist 2-3 coats of fixative and then either glossy, satin or matte sealer in the same way and you're done!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Forgot to say, you MUST go and submit this to my DominoART Readers' Gallery ;0)

Steph said...

This is gorgeous! Love the bright colors and all the additional doodling you've added. So cool that you made your own tray too. Fab artwork!

ldfdesign said...

oh wow!!!! you did such an amazing job! the most dominos i did was 4 with an image and that was a pain. how you did this is marvolous! i'm in total awe of your work! this is amazingly beatiful!!!! fabolous work!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh WOW this is amazing, what a stunning creation, I love it, Welcome to the Team over at Sparkle and Glitter, Looking forward to working with you, Love Hazelxo

Dieverdog said...

Oh, this is just lovely! That must have been a lot of work to trace all that detail, but wow, it turned out great. And the colors are fabulous and vibrant! What fun - it's like a mini puzzle. I can't wait to see this in person!

lisa aka b.creative said...

Oh gosh! what a darn pretty work! fab!