I am so thrilled to be able to share the BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING artwork created by my students using the ink transfer onto canvas using a gel medium. We have been working on this project for a couple of weeks and I am so pleased with the final result. We’ve hung almost all of them in the hallway outside of our classroom (a couple of students are adding the finishing touches to their work) and we’ve received TONS of compliments and praise from both teachers and other students who walk by.
In case you plan to complete this amazing art project with your students, here’s a timeline of how long it took us (for a complete and detailed breakdown of the project, click here):
Lesson 1: Students chose a quote that was meaningful or inspirational to them. They then designed, reflected, and printed their quotes using Microsoft Publisher. This took about an hour on average, as some students didn’t have much experience with Publisher.
Lesson 2: Students prepared their canvases by painting them with acrylic paint. This took about 30 minutes. We then let them dry for about 30 minutes and then we covered them with the gel medium and placed our quote (ink side down) onto the gel. The gel needed to dry overnight.
Lesson 3: Students used water to remove and scrub off the paper from the dried gel. This was very painstaking work and caused quite a bit of frustration with my artists. A trick we discovered is letting the canvas dry for a bit because the wet paper became transparent; by letting it dry, it turned white again and allowed students to determine where to concentrate their scrubbing efforts. This took a couple of hours and then the canvases needed to be completely dry (overnight) before we touched up the acrylic paint.
Lesson 4: We covered the remaining white paper spots with acrylic paint using a dry brush technique. Students then wanted to touch up the text using a permanent marker when the paint was dry. Once the paint and ink were dry, students covered the entire surface with modge podge. This entire step took about an hour. The modge podge dried quickly and we then attached yarn to the back for easy hanging.
The entire art project took over a week to complete the process from start to finish. It did require quite a bit of time and effort, but the final outcome is amazing! I have such talented (and patient) students!