I will be including some original art pendants in my August exhibition. This is from my first batch of wooden pendants. I haven't attached the bail or cord yet. I love how she came out, so I wanted to give everyone an early peak at her. I never thought that I would be able to do a one-inch portrait! She reminds me of the 70's, so this one is called "Remembering the 70's Pendant".
How she was born: First, I turned one of my jpgs into a line drawing and printed it. I used gloss polymer medium to glue the print onto some shiny old book paper. The shiny side of the paper accepts the image well. Once the transfer was finished, I tore away the print paper and rubbed off the excess paper with a bit of water. What remains is a very thin piece of paper with the image. This was then glued to my pre-sanded, pre-gessoed wooden support. After layers upon layers of glazing acrylics and pencil, I varnished and sealed the painting.
Why did I transfer the image and not just draw the image directly onto the support? I tried drawing the image directly at first, but trying to get a clean line, especially with the eyes and lips, was next to impossible at this size.
Paul Fujita has a good tutorial for doing image transfers with gel medium.